In Florida, children are the unfortunate victims of dog bite injuries. Many Florida dog bite attacks can be prevented if the owner utilizes a proper leash and otherwise maintains control of the dog. Florida law provides for Strict Liability of dog owner when there is a dog attack. In other words, in most Florida dog attack cases, the dog owner is liable even if there is no prior history of aggression by the dog. In Florida, dog ownership comes with its responsibilities. In Orlando, Florida, a 3 year old girl – Erica Leinhart – suffered serious facial injuries when she was bit by a German Shepherd breed dog. The injuries were so severe that Erica required plastic surgery. The incident took place at the Blue Jacket Park in the playground area. A day at the playground for this little girl turned into a very traumatic and painful event for her. Following the dog attack, animal control investigated the incident and will hold a hearing to determine the fate and future of the dog. The parents of Erica Leinhart believe that the dog is dangerous. The dog owner believes otherwise. The problem is that the dog already attacked one little girl. See Orlando, Florida – Girl Attacked by Dog at Park. See also Florida Leash Laws – County by County and Florida Dangerous Dog Laws – County by County.
A parent face many challenges and issues when dealing with a serious injury to a child. Florida provides for many laws and protections for children. Even with these laws in place, children are still injured. Laws are violated and children are injured. The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Dog Bite Injuries, School Injuries, Playground Injuries, Medical Bills / Treatment, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. A parent or other interested person can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.