Man Reaches Over Dog Owners Fence and Gets Attacked
An attack by a dog in Homestead Florida resulted in bite wounds severe enough that the victim had to be airlifted to the Kendall Regional Medical Center.
The attack took place at a home on 12th Street. The Florida Fire Rescue were the first to respond to the attack.
Krystal Jimenez was a witness to the attack. “The dog just attacked him.” Before the victim was taking away by the EMT crew, Jiminez saw that his neck had been bitten.
The owner of the dog claims that despite the beware of dog signs they have posted all over the fence that runs along the perimeter of their property, the victim reached an arm over the top of the fence, most likely in an attempt to pet her Rottweiler mix. The dog was quickly to attack.
Jimenez says the dog has a violent temperament and this isn’t the first time it’s gone after a human. “The lady right here, her daughter got attacked by the same dog.”
“I don’t know if there are actually more cases of people getting severely bitten or violently attacked by dog’s these days” John Bales, a member at a Florida based personal injury legal firm, muses, of if it’s just that the media has started to become more aggressive about reporting them. It seems like I hear about at least one case like this one a week, and lately they seem to be happening even more frequently.”
Dog owners are liable for injuries their pets cause if the owner knew the dog had a tendency to bite. In some states, statutes make the owners liable whether or not they knew the dog had a tendency to bite; in others, owners can be held responsible only if they knew or should have known their dogs had a propensity to bite.
While John Bales have no problem with people owning dogs, he feels that dog owners have to become more aware that they really are liable for their dog’s actions and personality. “I like dogs, but I also know that if own one that’s aggressive and it bites someone, I’m legally responsible. The more violent the dog’s background is, the greater the odds become that I’ll find myself on the wrong side of a civil claim.
I think the time has come for dog owners to step up to the plate and realize exactly what they’re getting into. If they want to avoid being named as a defendant in a civil dog bite case, they need to make sure that they take steps to find a dog that’s friendly, who has never exhibited an aggressive behavior, and than get the dog properly trained and socialized. If they own an aggressive dog, it’s their responsibility to take steps and precautions to ensure that the dog isn’t able to ever hurt anyone. If they’re not prepared to do that, they’ll need to rehome the dog or face the legal ramifications.”
Dog bite cases by nature are quite complicated. It can often be difficult to tell exactly who is and isn’t responsible for the attack. The best way to sort through the matter is with the assistance of an experienced personal injury John Bales Attorneys like those found at Florida. They’ll help you decide who to name as the defendant, make sure the paperwork is in order, and guide you through the negotiation process.