Dog Bites

Dog Bite/Dog Attacks

If You've Been Bitten, The Dog's Owner is Liable

You should know that the owner of a dog who is involved in a dog bite or attack is responsible for all damages resulting from that act of aggression. This means that the dog owner or his insurer must pay for all of your hospital and doctor bills. He must also fully compensate you for any injuries and permanent scarring that may occur.  Regardless of whether the dog has bitten before, the owner remains "strictly liable" so long as you were not trespassing or provoking the dog in some way when the bite or attack occurred.  Even injuries resulting from tripping or falling that occurred during an effort to escape from the animal are recoverable. 

Act Fast to Preserve Valuable Evidence

Because photographs of dog bite injuries are graphic in nature, the preservation of this evidence can have a positive impact on the value of your case.  The preservation of photographic evidence and documentation of the stages of your recovery are vital to your case, since they will often show the gruesome nature of the lacerations and puncture wounds.

Dog bite injuries are some of the most damaging personal injuries from which someone can suffer. Sadly, the majority of victims who are bitten by dogs are children.


Why Do Dogs Bite?

The plain and simple truth is that a large number of dog owners are simply not trained to properly instruct or control their dogs. This lack of education can result in an animal that doesn’t understand how to behave around anyone except immediate family members. As a result, when a dog is confronted by a stranger or anyone it perceives as a threat, it may bite.


The most common breeds involved in dog bite injuries are:

  • Pit Bulls
  • Rottweilers
  • German Shepherds
  • Akitas
  • Presa Canarios

Homeowner’s Policies & Dog Bites

In many cases, a dog owner’s standard “homeowner’s” or “business owner’s” liability policy will cover injuries sustained as a result of their dog's contact.  There are certain insurance policies that expressly exclude dog bite coverage for particular breeds such as the Doberman Pincher or Pit Bull.   Marc F. Plotnick will investigate and assess the circumstances surrounding your dog bite and the availability of insurance coverage as soon as possible.  In this way, you can get the immediate medical attention you need and the financial compensation you deserve. 

In dog bite cases, compensation may come from a person who violated a leash law; a person who kept a dog despite knowledge that the dog had a history of attacking; or a person whose negligence resulted in the attack.

Contact Plotnick Law, P.A. today for a free consultation at one of our locations: St. Petersburg 727-577-3300727-577-3300, Clearwater 727-577-3300727-577-3300, Tampa 813-259-9900813-259-9900 and Bradenton 941-893-5888941-893-5888

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