Experienced Injury Lawyers Fighting on Behalf of Dog Bite & Attack Victims in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater, Florida
On average, 1,000 U.S. citizens go to the ER each day for treatment from a dog bite or attack.
In most states including Florida and Minnesota, a person is strictly liable for his or her dog’s bites. This means that if a person’s dog bites and injures another person, regardless of whether or not the dog has ever bitten anyone previously, the dog owner is legally liable for any injuries the dog inflicts. Injury caused by a homeowner’s pet is covered by their homeowner’s insurance policy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.6 million dog bites take place every year. Of those, nearly 1 in 5 bites result in an infection. Dog bites can happen at any time and often when it’s least expected. Dog bites can result in serious injuries and health complications such as the following:
- Rabies, which is considered a very serious disease. While rare, it can result in serious health issues such as severe pain, fatigue, delirium, hallucination, muscle spasms and more.
- Pasteurella, which is found in more than half of all dog bite wounds resulting in infection. It can cause serious complications, particularly in those with weakened immune systems.
- MRSA, a type of Staph infection, can cause skin, lung, and UTI infections. MRSA can be deadly.
Dogs of all sizes and breeds can be aggressive. Aggression is characterized by biting, barking, lunging, snarling and attacking. Even a bite from the smallest of dogs can be dangerous, especially to small children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Among those considered the most aggressive include:
- Chow Chows
- Doberman Pinschers
- Jack Russell Terriers
- German Shepherds
- American Staffordshires
- Siberian Huskies
However, the two most deadly dog breeds in the United States are pit bull terriers and rottweilers. While death due to dog attacks is rare, research shows pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 76% of all dog bite-related deaths between 2005 and 2016.
If a dog bites or attacks you or someone in your family, seek medical attention immediately. Then call The Ruth Law Team to find out what legal recourse you may have to financial compensation for injuries suffered, pain endured, and permanent scarring inflicted. Our Florida dog bite injury attorneys have extensive experience successfully obtaining a financial recovery for many clients.