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Orlando Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog bites are a common injury in Florida, resulting in thousands of hospital visits around the state every year. Every serious dog bite requires medical attention, not only for stitches, but for proper cleaning and possibly antibiotics, due the serious chance of infection caused by the bacteria-rich saliva of a dog’s mouth. These hospital procedures are costly, and all dog bite victims deserve to be compensated not only for their medical expenses, but their pain and suffering as well. In Florida, the owner of the dog that caused the injury will be held liable for the damages it caused. However, if the victim somehow provoked the attack or was partially to blame, they will only be able to collect a certain percentage of the damages owed, due to Florida’s law of pure comparative fault. If you or a family member have been injured by a dog or another pet, contact an experienced Orlando dog bite lawyer today.

Pitbulls And Dog Bites At An Early Or Old Age

Being bitten by a dog, especially at an early age, can be a traumatic enough experience to last a lifetime and instill a fear of dogs for decades to come. While most dogs don’t have a mean bone in their body, unfortunately it is the few that do that create such a problem for everyone else. In fact, most serious dog bite injuries and fatalities can be traced to just one breed of dog: the American pit bull, which is responsible for 59 percent of fatal dog attacks in the U.S., according to data gathered by an international study that took place from 1982 to 2014. And, even worse, most fatal and serious injuries are inflicted upon the very young or the very old, two groups that are the most vulnerable and easy prey for a vicious dog. The study found that molosser breeds, which is a large breed of dog that includes pit bulls, rottweilers, and boxers and only makes up a total of 9.2 percent of the dog population, is responsible for the following attacks:

  • 86 percent of attacks that cause bodily harm;
  • 81 percent of all attacks on children;
  • 89 percent of adult attacks;
  • 76 percent of fatal attacks; and
  • 86 percent of attacks that result in maiming (a wound that inflicts permanent damage).

These attack breeds of dogs are obviously incredibly dangerous, yet are are exposed to children and strangers on a daily basis throughout Orlando. According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 799,700 people that required medical attention from dog attacks in 1994, with an estimated 4.7 million dog bites taking place that year. Of the 333,700 that sought emergency care attention, 6,000 were hospitalized for their injuries. And, of all dog bite victims, 42 percent were among children 14 years old or younger, and the injuries among five to nine year olds was much for boys than for girls. In terms of injury location, 45.3 percent were to the arm or hand, 25.8 percent to the leg or foot, and 22.8 percent to the head or neck.

Have You Been a Victim of a Dog Bite?

If you have been victim to a dog attack, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone today and call The Pendas Law Firm at 1-888-573-6327 to discuss the matter with one of our experienced Orlando dog bite lawyers. We will help you pursue compensation for all of the harm that you have suffered.

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