Pompano Beach Dog Bites
For many in Pompano Beach, dogs are part of life. They accompany owners to restaurants, stores, the beach, on walks, and almost everywhere else. Many Pompano Beach residents consider dogs a part of their family, and most don't give a second thought to seeing a dog on a playground, soccer field or other location in Pompano.
Dogs are animals; however, they can attack humans, causing serious injury. Even a minor dog bite can cause wounds that need stitches, nerve damage, broken bones, or infection. A more serious attack by a dog in Pompano Beach can lead to extreme injury, including brain injury, serious wounds, and damage that requires plastic surgery to correct. Attacks by some dogs, packs of dogs, or against small children can lead to death.
An attorney with experience dealing with dog bite cases, like Frankl & Kominsky, can help victims of a dog attack in Pompano Beach understand their legal options and get compensation for their losses.Dog Bite Statistics
As dogs have become more and more a part of our daily lives, so have dog bites. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites every year in the United States. The CDC further reports that 1 in 5 bites becomes infected. As noted, some bites can be extremely serious. More than 28,000 Americans underwent reconstructive surgery as the result of dog bites in 2015. Dog-related injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners’ insurance liability claims in 2016, costing more than $600 million, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Victims of dog bites suffer over $1 billion in monetary losses annually, according to JAMA, which notes this number may actually be as high as $2 billion.Dog Bites and the Law
Florida law protects Pompano residents and guests from incurring medical and other losses due to a dog bite when they are not at fault for the bite. Statute 767.04 specifically states, "The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness."
In other words, if you or a loved one has suffered an attack by a dog, you may be legally entitled to compensation. Legally, the victim of a dog attack may be able to recoup medical expenses and lost wages, and may be eligible for monetary damages for trauma and pain and suffering. The dog owner's insurance company may be required to provide compensation to victims of dog attacks, whether they happen in public or on private property.Frankl & Kominsky Can Help
Pompano Beach victims of dog attacks need an experienced attorney well-versed in dog attack cases. Frankl & Kominsky has years of experience representing victims of dog bites and other dog-related attacks in Pompano Beach as well as other South Florida locations. We know a dog attack is traumatic, and requires special expertise to deal with insurance companies and other interested parties. We work to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve when dealing with dog bites or other personal injury cases. If you or a family member has suffered a dog bite or dog attack in Pompano Beach or other South Florida areas, call us today for a free confidential consultation. Call (855) 800-8000, or contact us online. We speak Spanish and Creole.