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A dog attacked my child. Who should pay?

You would do anything to protect your child and hold liable parties accountable for undue pain and suffering, but what if your child suffered harm not because of a person, but because of an animal? A dog bite can be both physically and emotionally traumatic, and you may find yourself feeling helpless and overwhelmed.

While there is nothing that you can do to reverse what happened, you can take certain steps to find out who is responsible and how you may be able to seek financial compensation for your child's pain and suffering. You may have grounds to file a civil claim on behalf of your child.

The questions you must answer

Dog bites are scary, and often the pain and suffering can be quite extensive. Depending on the nature of the bite, plastic surgery may be necessary, as well as therapy and rehabilitation if nerves are affected. This is expensive and can be a very difficult process, especially for a child. In order to determine if you may have a valid claim after an animal attack, you must start by identifying the Florida pet owner.

Determining liability in a dog bite case is never easy. Questions involving the dog's past, the animal's propensity for violence and even the dog's breed could be a factor in your case. Effectively navigating these issues and building a strong case is complex, and you would be wise to only undergo this effort with the help of an experienced attorney.

Who else could be liable?

In addition to the owner of the dog, it is possible that another person or party could bear some portion of the blame for the attack that left your child injured and afraid. Other potential liable parties include:

  • Animal keepers or pet sitters
  • Parents of a minor pet owner
  • Landlord who knew about presence of dangerous animal
  • Property owners who let animal on premises

It is possible that your claim may name multiple liable parties, and you would be wise to undertake the process of building a strong claim by taking quick action as soon as possible after the animal attack.

The long-reaching impact of a dog bite

While a dog bite can heal, it can leave your child with emotional scars that last for years. There is no way to accurately value what your child is going through, but you have the right to seek compensation to cover medical bills and other accident-related losses, as well as damages for emotional duress. A complete case evaluation can identify an appropriate course of action after a dog bite.

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