Dog Bites

Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida

 

It is fair to say that the annual number of dog bites has reached epidemic proportions. Over 4.5 million Americans are bitten every year and one out of every six of these victims requires emergency care. Unfortunately, children are the most common victims and the most severe dog bite injuries tend to affect children under ten years of age. Bites often cause significant facial scarring, loss of vision, and in some cases, death.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, experienced Orlando dog bite attorney Stephen J. Knox can make sure your rights are protected.

 

Dog Bite Statistics

 

The following facts highlight the severity of dog bite attacks in our country:

 

  • 2 percent of Americans are bitten by dogs every year, causing over 1,000 bite-related emergency room visits every day
  • The yearly average number of fatal dog attacks has doubled in the last two decades. Over 30 fatal dog attacks occur nationwide every year
  • Over 50 percent of dog bites occur on the dog owner’s property
  • Over three-quarters of all dog bites are inflicted by dogs that belong to family or friends of the victim
  • More than 2,800 mail carriers are bitten every year
  • Pit bulls and Rottweilers are the dogs most likely to inflict fatal injuries. However, any dog is capable of attacking a person, and the majority of dog bites are inflicted by other breeds

 

Florida Dog Bite Laws

 

Florida is a “strict liability” state when it comes to dog bites. This means that the dog owner is liable for any bite inflicted by his or her dog. This strict liability law also applies to attacks on other pets or domestic animals.

 

Dog owners have a legal responsibility to keep their dogs away from dangerous situations. If they fail to do so and their dog attacks and injures you or a loved one, the dog owner may be held liable for compensating you for your injuries. Mr. Knox has handled many dog bite claims and has a strong understanding of Florida’s dog laws. He can help provide you with the greatest likelihood of a successful outcome to your claim.

 

If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and have suffered a personal injury due to a dog attack, please contact our Orlando dog bite law offices today to arrange your free case evaluation. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.

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