Despite bringing joy and companionship to Florida families each year, dogs are still animals, and are still unpredictable. Dog bites cause a multitude of injuries, many of them serious, including permanent scarring, disfigurement, psychological trauma and sometimes death.
More than 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five results in injuries that need medical attention.
Over 29,000 reconstructive surgeries related to dog bites are performed annually.
19 dog breeds contributed to 88 deaths in a recent 3-year period: pit bulls accounted for 59%of them, followed by rottweilers with 14%
Biters are 6.2 times more likely to be male than female, 2.6 times as likely to be intact than neutered, and 2.8 times as likely to be chained as opposed to unchained.
42% of dog bites in 2001 occurred among children aged 14 years and younger; injury rates were highest among children aged 5-9 years and were significantly higher for boys.
There are important steps to take to protect yourself if you are bitten by a dog, which are:
Identify the owner of the dog, know where they live and if the dog is up to date on vaccinations.
Seek medical treatment – the most common injuries after dog bites is infection due to delay in proper care and treatment.
Report the dog bite to your city and county animal services or animal control center and file a bite report even if your injury is minor.
Take pictures of your injuries – be sure to include all wounds and bruises sustained in the attack.
Contact a knowledgeable dog bite attorney at Fighter Law for a free consultation.
First and foremost, if you are a dog owner, train, socialize and exercise your pet; taking care of your dogs is a responsibility that can not be ignored.
Report a threatening, loose or stray dog in your neighborhood to your city or county animal control department.
Teach children the following basic safety tips:
Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
Always ask an adult before you pet a dog.
Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and smell you first.
Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
Remain still and calm when approached by an unfamiliar dog, do not run or scream.
Avoid direct eye contact with a dog that is not on a leash.
If bitten, immediately tell an adult.
Not every dog bite case requires a personal injury attorney, but when deciding whether or not to press charges, it is best to consult a dog bite personal injury attorney that understands this complicated area of law. Fighter Law is prepared to help you receive just compensation for your physical injury, lost wages, future medical costs, and all other associated expenses. Contact Fighter Law today for a free consultation, especially if:
The dog’s owner fails to accept responsibility for his dog’s attacks
You want to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve
You anticipate future counseling needs, for which you deserve to be compensated
You want to meet your state’s statutes of limitations regarding dog bites and/or attacks
You want to build a strong, effective case in response to your dog bite
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