Bradenton Dog Bite Lawyer
While most dog bites do not break the skin, more vicious attacks can leave a victim seriously wounded and traumatized. When the victim is a younger child, the attack can leave a life-lasting impression that results in fear of dogs through adulthood. Many dog bite and animal attack victims experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and emotional and psychological support is needed to recover. If you were injured by a dog or other animal in the possession of a negligent owner, contact an lawyer today. You may be able to recover financial compensation to help cover the damages you have experienced. This compensation can help to cover medical bills, future medical procedure costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact a Bradenton dog bite lawyer at the Pendas Law Firm today to discuss your options in a free consultation.
Young Children and Older Adults are the Most Common Dog Attack Victims
Dogs are most likely to attack very young children and senior citizens, and unfortunately both of these age groups are the least equipped to protect themselves in the event of an attack. Forty-one percent of fatal dog attack victims in 2015 were nine years old or younger, while 65 percent of adults killed were over the age of 60, according to one source. Another susceptible group to attack is visiting friends or family. In 2015, 32 percent of victims who died by fatal dog attacks were visiting or temporarily living in the home of the dog. Dogs are territorial, and some will go after visitors and new babies brought to the home in order to protect their territory.
Pit Bulls: The Most Lethal Breed, But Not the Only Dangerous Type of Dog
While pit bulls are responsible for 82 percent of fatal dog attacks across the U.S., they are not the only breed to attack people of all ages. Millions of dog bites occur every year, and many of them are inflicted by small or seemingly docile breeds such as terriers and golden retrievers. Due to the size, strength, aggression, and ferocity of some breeds (such as pit bulls), attacks by these breeds are more likely to end in permanent disfigurement, life-threatening injuries, and death. However, any dog can cause serious wounds that require immediate medical attention for cleaning and stitching.
Liability in Florida
According to Florida statute 767.04, a person who is lawfully on the property of a dog owner and is attacked by that person’s dog has the right of file a personal injury lawsuit. If, however, the victim somehow antagonized the dog, or was not there legally, they might not be able to collect the full amount that they would otherwise be owed, or they may not be entitled any compensation at all.
Call a Bradenton Dog Bite Lawyer Today
If you were injured by a dog or another animal, or a loved one was killed, call the Pendas Law Firm today for legal assistance at once. Our Bradenton dog bite and animal attack lawyers are here to help.