Fort Lauderdale Dog Bite Attorney
Representing the rights of individuals injured in dog bite incidents
Dogs are among the most popular type of domestic pet in the United States. The Humane Society of the United States estimates1 that there are 83.3 million owned dogs in the country and that nearly half of all American households own at least one dog. While dogs can be great companions and the source of hours of entertainment, they also have can cause serious injury when they attack. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates2 that approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. While the majority of these bites do not cause serious injury, a significant number require victims to seek emergency medical treatment. Florida law often entitles dog bite victims to significant financial recovery. Consequently, anyone who has been bitten by a dog should contact a Fort Lauderdale dog bite lawyer as soon as possible to retain legal counsel. In many cases, dog bite victims can obtain compensation for the medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and emotional trauma, among other types of damages. To schedule a free case evaluation with Ft. Lauderdale attorney Joseph J. LoRusso, please send us an email through our online contact form available here.
Dog bites can cause serious injuries and long-term complications
Dogs have extremely powerful jaws that are capable of tearing through muscle and even crushing bone. In addition, contrary to popular belief, dogs’ mouths contain millions of potentially harmful bacteria that may cause serious infection after a bite. Some of the more common injuries and complications often experienced by dog bite victims are detailed below. Lacerations – Dogs have extremely sharp teeth and strong jaws that can easily puncture and tear the skin and other soft tissues. As a result, they are capable of causing serious lacerations that can require significant medical intervention to treat. Additionally, these injuries can often result in substantial scarring that can lead to issues with a person’s emotional well-being and self-confidence. Broken bones – Dog bites can easily break or even crush bones. Bone fractures can be extremely painful and can leave victims with significant scarring or disfigured limbs. Infections – Serious infections can occur after a dog bite that can often require intensive medical treatment. In some cases, the infections that can occur after a dog bite can be so serious as to require the amputation of limbs or other extremities. Emotional trauma – Seeing and being around dogs is an everyday part of life in a major metropolitan area like Fort Lauderdale. People who have developed a fear of dogs because of a dog bite incident can have significant emotional and psychological difficulties every time they leave their homes.
Protect your legal rights by retaining a Ft. Lauderdale dog bite lawyer today
People who have been bitten by dogs are often entitled to significant financial compensation. South Florida attorney Joseph J. LoRusso has extensive experience assisting clients file successful dog bite claims in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding areas. Please feel free to fill out our online contact form or call (954) 715-3260 to schedule a free consultation today. 1 http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/pet_ownership_statistics.html 2 http://www.dogsbite.org/pdf/2008-ed-visits-inpatient-stays-dog-bites.pdf
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