Florida Dog Bite and Other Animal Attack Lawyers
Some of the most horrific cases that we see as Dog Bite and Other Animal Attack Attorneys in Florida is when an animal that may not usually have the propensity to attack does so as the animal’s nature and subsequently a person, many times a small child, is injured or tragically killed. The animal is most times euthanized while the person suffers permanent or fatal injuries to the head, neck, back, and other parts of the body. The sad truth is that many of these attacks can be avoided. People who have time to care for and properly train their animals are less likely to put themselves and their animals into imminent danger while those who purchase animals that are high risk and the owner does not have proper handling experience can put themselves, others, and the animal into harms way easily. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed by the attack of animal in Florida, then please contact us for a Free Legal Consultation by any or all of the following means: By phone at 770-865-8654 or 813-363-6664; by email at email@example.com; or Contact Us on our Website. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates we have over 50 years of combined legal experience and we have handled hundreds of Animal Attack Cases in Florida and we have over 17 locations in which to meet you at your convenience and if you can’t come to us, then we can make arrangements to come to you.
The Center for Disease Control states that approximately 4.5 million bites from dogs along happen each year in the U.S. and out of those bites, 1 out of 5 of the bites becomes infected. Although there are more than 60 kinds of different bacteria that have been found in dog mouths, only about an average of 18% of dog bites actually become infected and just a handful of such germs can actually make you sick. Nonetheless, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately if you or a loved one has been attacked by any animal to prevent an infection or the spreading of diseases such as the following:
Pasteurella which is a bacteria that results in a red and painful infection that can cause serious diseases in people, especially those with a weakened immune system. Some common signs of pasteurella are difficulty with moving, glands that are swollen, and joints that swell;
MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) that is a type of staph infection resistant to some groups of antibiotics. The difficulty with MRSA is that dogs as well as other kinds of animals may carry MRSA and not show symptoms, yet this bacteria may cause infections in people of the lungs, skin, and urinary tract and can even spread into the lungs or bloodstream and can cause infections that are life-threatening.
Rabies is probably the most common and serious disease that can result from an animal attack. What most people don’t know is that the rabies virus affects the brain and is often deadly. To prevent this disease an animal should be vaccinated and a person who is injured by an animal should seek medical attention immediately.
Tetanus is produced by a bacteria called Clostridium tetani and is a toxin that can cause paralysis that is rigid in people and can further be a difficult issue in bite wounds that are deep.
Along with these common types of diseases that can be caused by animal bites and attacks are harmful and permanent scars that can be found on the face, on the body, in the head, and, in some cases, can lead to death. If you are educated about dog bites and other animal attacks, you can help to prevent (justia: pls. make sure that this is indented properly, thank you) this from happening to you or your children. For example, it is important to know that the population that is at most of risk for is children from the ages of 5 until 9, and men are more likely than women to be attacked by a dog. More than half of the injuries caused by dog bites actually happen in the home with dogs with whom we are familiar, and the more dogs in the house the more likely that there will be a dog bite with adults who have more than two (2) dogs in the house are five (5) times more likely to be bitten than those who live in a house with no dog.
To prevent dog bites, there are some basic safety does and don’ts including, but not limited to: If you are approached by a dog to which you are not familiar, it is best to remain still. If a dog knocks you over, then curl into a ball and tuck your head into your hands and over your ears. If you notice stray dogs or dogs behaving unusual, then be sure to let an adult know as soon as possible.
Some things that you should not do are:
- Leave children to play with a dog without supervision;
- Approach a dog that you are not familiar with;
- Run from a dog if a dog approaches you;
- Make loud noises or panic;
- Pet a dog that has not seen you or sniffed you first;
- Have your dog play aggressively; or
- Bother a dog that is caring for puppies, sleeping or eating.
Similarly, if you are approached by a dog that you do not want to interact with, then you can do the following: Stop and stay calm and still; avoid panic or making loud noises as well as avoid eye contact with the dog; if you must talk say words in a firm voice such as, “No,” or “Go Home;” do not face a dog directly as this can give the appearance of aggressiveness to the dog so it is better to stand with a side of your body partially or completely facing the dog; raise your hands to your neck slowly and keep your elbows in; and, finally, patiently wait for the dog to back away slowly or pass. If you do get attacked by a dog, then it is important to follow these steps:
Put a purse, jacket, bag, or other item between you and the dog as protection for yourself;
If the animal knocks you down, then curl into a ball and have your head tucked in and hands over your neck and ears;
Once you are in a safe place, then use soap and water to wash any wounds immediately and seek medical attention right away.
As a pet or animal owner, are you responsible for the actions of your pets or animals? The immediate answer is yes. There are exceptions, however, but for the most part the owner of a dog or other domestic animal is strictly liable for injuries or property damaged by their animal. The owners Homeowners policy may offer financial relief in these situations or an umbrella insurance policy. It is important to note, however, that there are many exclusions listed in such policies for certain actions and certain breeds. Since no two (2) cases are alike as with any legal case, if you or a loved one has been injured, attacked, or suffered a wrongful death as a result of an animal bite or attack, then it is imperative that you seek the advice of a Florida Dog Bite or Animal Attack Lawyer to review the specifics of your particular case. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, we offer such evaluations free of charge so you may call us at 770-865-8654 (justia: pls. put this phone number as a click to call) or 813-363-6664; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (justia: pls. put this so it directly connects to the email); or Contact Us (justia: pls. link this with our Contact Page on the website) on our Website. Our Florida Animal Attack and Dog Bite Lawyers are experienced attorneys who are eager to assist you in your particular case.
The following are some of the cases that we have handled in our practice and are just an example of the array of cases that we have successfully represented for our clients:
Our client was peacefully walking his own dog near his New Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida residence when an unfamiliar pit bull dog came running out of one of the neighbor’s house attacking our client’s dog causing severe injuries. The case settled for $ 550,000.00.
A small girl was playing with a neighborhood cat when she was scratched in the face that became infected and caused permanent scarring.
An owner of a horse had failed to lock the pasture gate and the horse ran out into traffic and was hit by our client’s car causing severe neck injuries that resulted in surgeries and permanent neck damage.
A dog was wandering in the streets without its owner or a leash and wandered into traffic causing two (2) vehicles to hit each other causing severe damage to the occupants of both vehicles. The owner of the dog was found liable for the injuries and damages to our clients.
Another client was attacked in the face and arm by a junkyard dog causing scaring, and the owner of the dog was held responsible.
A client was at a homeowner’s house when she inadvertently tripped over the owner’s dog and broke her leg that resulted in a surgery. The homeowner was found liable.
The Florida Associated Press has stated that Dog Bite claims account for a large portion of total claims of liability and that, in fact, Florida actually ranks Number # 1 in the cost average per dog bite claims.
Our client and her daughter were relaxing on their own porch when they were viciously attacked by a pit bull. The claim resolved for policy limits.
When representing a client in a Florida Dog Bite or Animal Attack Case it is not only important to understand the liability aspects of the law and your case, it is imperative that the Florida Dog Bite or Animal Attack Lawyer understand insurance laws completely so that all routes of insurance recovery are uncovered and no stone is left unturned. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates we have over 50 years of combined experience in representing clients in Injury Claims and we understand the liability issues as well as the insurance issues of such cases. We advocate for responsible pet ownership and educating ourselves and our communities to prevent such attacks, bites, accidents, and tragic injuries and deaths. In the event that an unfortunate event such as a dog bite or other animal attack should happen, however, we are there to zealously represent our client. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, please contact us for your free legal consultation by phone at 770-865-8654; on our website on the Contact Page; or by email at email@example.com. We are here to assist you and we are compassionate about our clients so we look forward to hearing from you soon and discussing with you the specifics of your case.
Review the CDC's Healthy Pets Healthy People website for a listing of diseases that can make people sick.
See the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for more information on how to prevent dog bites.
The American Veterinary Medical Society (AVMA) also provides resources about dog bites such as: