Rabies laws, animal bite injuries, medical care and compensation

We discussed rabies in one of our blogs last week. If you recall, we discussed how important rabies vaccinations are for some domestic pets because without proper vaccinations, there is a chance that a pet could be infected with the virus and then transmit it to a human. The dog bite victim would then have to deal with the healing process from the bite plus the victim would have to undergo a series of injections to try to stop the rabies virus.

In Florida, domestic ferrets, cats and dogs are all required to have a rabies vaccination by the time they are 4 months old. In fact, Florida law stipulates that the animals must have a rabies vaccination every 12 months after the first vaccination. These vaccinations must be done by a licensed veterinarian. With that law in place, anyone who is bitten by one of these pets should be able to easily get a copy of a valid rabies certificate from the owner. Sadly, some owners break the law and victims of an animal bite won’t be able to get that proof of vaccination.

We know that being bitten by any animal is a traumatic experience. When you have to worry about rabies, that trauma is likely to increase. With all of that in mind, the first thing that you should do if you are bitten by an animal is to seek medical care. You should also report the incident so that the authorities can take action.

Once you have obtained medical care, you might decide to seek compensation from the pet owner. We can help you to seek compensation that might help to cover the costs of medical care, as well as other costs associated with the animal bite.