Florida is home to many dog-owners, whose pets are an integral part of the family. These animals are loved and cared for, and bring unspeakable joy to their owners. Unfortunately, sometimes these pets are involved in indescribable tragedies, involving severe injuries to unsuspecting victims. If you or a loved one experiences a malicious dog attack, it may be useful to discuss your legal options with a local personal injury attorney.
Dog Bite Statistics
Dog bites are surprisingly common in this country, with over four and one-half million bites occurring annually. Fortunately, the majority of these incidents result in little or no injury. But for the 20 percent of bites that are serious, the physical and emotional recovery can be painful and difficult. Additionally, the recuperation can be costly, topping $500 million paid out by insurance companies in 2014 alone.
Dogs Most Often Associated with Attacks
Although any animal is capable of biting its owner, neighborhood residents, or strangers, certain breeds are more frequently associated with bites. Topping the list include the following:
- Pit Bulls;
- German Shepherds;
- Lhasa Apsos;
- Jack Russell Terriers.
Florida Bite Experiences
Florida is no exception when it comes to dog bites. A number of recent attacks were particularly hair-raising;
- Three pit bulls escaped from their yard and attacked a Lauderhill man, sending him to the Intensive Care Unit with serious damage to his face and legs. What makes the story particularly indefensible is the fact that the dogs were involved in a similar attack just three months earlier.
- A Florida toddler was attacked by an English Mastiff mix, sending the girl to the hospital for surgery and rehabilitation. The dog had escaped from a fenced yard.
- A Lauderhill woman was attacked by her own Pit Bulls, nearly killing her. The reason they turned on their owner is unclear.
- Nearly a dozen dogs lived on a single property in Homestead. Two of them, Bulldog and Belgian Malinois mixes, attacked a man, who suffered multiple bites. He later died from his injuries.
- When two American Bulldogs escaped from their yard in Hollywood, they came upon a neighborhood woman and her pet Terrier. The Bulldogs attacked, killing the smaller dog, and putting the woman in the Intensive Care Unit.
Dog owners are responsible for their pets. They are liable for any damage to other animals, to people, and to property. The owners aren’t excused if the dog has no history of violence, or if the owners tried unsuccessfully to keep the dog behind a fence.
If a vicious dog has terrorized you or a family member, the law is on your side. At the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton, our experienced team will fight to secure the settlement you deserve. Contact our Daytona & Ormond Beach office for a free, confidential consultation.