Tampa Dog Bite Attorneys
Every year, more than 4 million people in the U.S. are seriously injured by vicious dog attacks. Worse still: more than half of these dog bite victims are innocent children. While some breeds are more aggressive than others, any dog which is stressed, sick or frightened may attack — resulting in horrific, often life-altering consequences for the victim.
Florida dog bite law provides strong legal protections for those injured by dangerous animals. Under Florida’s “strict liability” statute, a dog owner may be held liable for the victim’s medical expenses, wage loss and damages, including pain, suffering and scarring, regardless of whether the animal has attacked before or the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s danger nature.
At the Fernandez Firm, our Tampa dog bite attorneys have successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases including numerous dog bite claims throughout the state. With over $50 Million in jury verdicts and negotiated settlements, our firm has earned a reputation for being aggressive, yet professional, dedicated trial attorneys.
Dangerous Dog Breeds
Each day more than 1,000 people in the U.S. require emergency care and treatment as a result of dog bite injury. Shown above are the two most deadly dog breeds in America: Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers. According to research from DogsBite.org, these two breeds accounted for 73% of all total recorded fatal attacks in the past 8 years. And this is not a new phenomenon: compiling decades of U.S. and Canadian press accounts, a report issued by Animal People found that Pit Bulls (245) and Rottweilers (84) and their mixes contributed to nearly 66% of the total recorded fatal attacks (497) from 1982 and 2012.
Whether the danger posed by these two breeds of animal is a result of genetic makeup, learned behavior/training, strength/capacity for harm or a combination of all these factors, it is good practice to never approach an unfamiliar dog of any breed, and to teach our children this valuable, and perhaps life-saving, lesson.
Reporting a Tampa Dog Bite
A Tampa dog bite should immediately be reported to Animal Services and Rabies Control, with as much available detail regarding: the dog’s owner; vaccination history; location of the attack; and the current location of the animal, when possible.
In addition to providing care for sick or injured animals, Animal Services is authorized to quarantine animals that have bitten a human in order to insure the public’s health, safety and welfare. All injuries by animals occurring in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Orlando and majority of Florida Counties are investigated by Animal Services in compliance with Florida’s dangerous dog law.
At the Fernandez Firm, our Tampa dog bite attorneys have significant experience in litigating animal attack claims. Regardless of animal’s breed, our lawyers will guide you through the steps necessary to immediately investigate this traumatic event and report all dangerous dogs to proper authorities as required by law.
“In the 8-year period between 2005 to 2012, Pit Bulls killed 151 Americans, about one citizen every 19 days, and accounted for 60% of the total recorded deaths (251) in the United States.”
2012 Dog Bite Fatalities
National Dog Bite Statistics
69% Dog attacks result in death
72% Dog attacks involve children
77% Dog attacks result in injury
79% Dog attacks induce harm
85% Dog attack involve adults
3 Steps to Take if Attacked
In the last several years, there have been a number of tragic dog attack cases in the state, including several horrific pit bull attacks resulting in death. If you or a loved one are attacked and bitten by a dangerous dog, it is critical you take the following actions:
- After the attack get to a safe location, out of the animal’s reach, keeping the animal in sight, if at all possible. If your injuries permit, locate the dog’s owner, obtaining the owner’s name, address and telephone (preferably verified by a driver’s license or photo ID).
- Immediately clean your wounds with soap and warm water.
- Seek immediate medical attention from a local hospital or medical doctor.
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If you have questions regarding a Tampa dog bite injury, contact our law firm today at 1-800-222-8163. Our Tampa dog bite attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your injury case and our consultation is absolutely FREE.
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