Many Florida residents own dogs and would do whatever it takes to protect them. In the case of a dog attack, however, sometimes attempting to save a dog can result in unfavorable results, such as dog bites. When a Rhode Island woman’s dog was attacked by another dog, the woman stepped in to help, but ended up bitten by the other dog.
The dog bite occurred on the evening of Sept. 13 in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. A mixed-breed dog went over to the woman’s house and attacked her greyhound. When the woman attempted to save her dog, the mixed-breed dog bit her. The greyhound also suffered injuries from the attack. Both the dog and its owner required medical treatment for their wounds.
The mixed-breed dog was just adopted several weeks earlier from North Kingstown Animal Shelter. The owner returned the dog to the shelter, where it will need to be quarantined for 10 days.
Dogs are not always man’s best friend, despite the popular saying. Dogs can attack animals, including other dogs, and people without warning. These attacks can cause serious injuries. Depending on the nature of the attack, these injuries can cause disfigurement, disability or even death.
In Florida, state law holds a dog owner liable for damages to persons or animals. There is no “one free bite” before a dog owner is liable for injuries caused by his or her dog. This may include claims for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages. In addition, a dog’s owner may face criminal charges for his or her dog’s actions if a person or animal is injured.
Experienced legal representation may be needed to defend against premises liability or personal injury claims that arise from dog bites. Even though the dog owner may have homeowner’s insurance, a dog bite may not be covered, or the insurance company may try to find reasons why the policy will not cover damages. A dog owner must ensure his or her rights are protected at all times after a dog bite incident.
Providence Journal, “Dog in quarantine after attacking another dog, biting its owner in North Smithfield” Tatiana Pina, Sep. 16, 2013