Dog Bite Lawsuits: Animal Attacks Need to Be Taken Seriously By Steve Charpentier on November 03, 2014

An aggressive barking dogInjury victims throughout Central Florida can count on the attorneys of the Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. to fight for them. Our legal team is skilled with complicated personal injury matters, providing clients with assistance in premises liability lawsuits to hold property owners accountable for negligence as well as guidance in auto accident litigation following major collisions.

Some injuries may occur while out at the park or walking around the block. An example of these kinds of incidents is dog bites and dog attacks. Let's take these kinds of cases into consideration right now.

How serious can dog bites/attacks be?

Dog attacks are no laughing matter. Even dogs that are small in size can be very aggressive, and attacks can lead to major injuries. Severe disfigurement is possible, especially if the dog attacks the hands or the face. The trauma from the dog attack can last a lifetime and have a major effect on the victim's day-to-day life.

We should note that the chances of fatal dog attacks are thankfully rare. According to statistics from the year 2012, there were 38 fatal dog attacks in the United States.

Some Dog Breeds Are Potentially More Aggressive

Obviously a good owner will have a well-behaved dog, but negligent or abusive owners may result in dogs that are more aggressive to others. Here are some dog breeds that are generally though tho be more aggressive by those in the insurance industry:

  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Boxer
  • Bullmastiff
  • Chow Chow
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd
  • Presa Canario
  • Pit Bull
  • Rottweiler
  • Siberian Husky

Pit bulls and rottweilers were the most lethal dog breed according to 2012 numbers. Pit bulls were responsible for 23 fatal attacks while rottweilers were responsible for 3.

In addition to the above breeds, keep in mind that even smaller dog breeds can prove aggressive or dangerous, such as Chihuahua and even dachshunds.

Particularly Severe Injuries When the Victims Are Young

When victims of dog attacks are young, the injuries that they sustain can be especially severe. Toddlers and infants in particular can be especially vulnerable to dog bites and dog attacks given that the dogs are as large or often larger than the child.

Dog Owners Must Be Held Accountable for Their Pets

Dog owners need to be help responsible for their pets at all times. This means making sure that their dogs are indoors or behind proper gates/barriers that prevent them from attack innocent passersby. In addition, it's important that dogs be kept on leashes when out on walks. This will prevent the dog from getting loose to harm others, allowing the owner to hold back their pet and prevent serious injury.

How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Will Help You and Your Loved Ones

When a dog owner's negligence leads to severe injury or disfigurement, our legal team will step in to ensure that these negligent owners are held accountable. We will help victims and their families receive just compensation for medical treatment as well as any physical rehabilitation, reconstructive surgery, or psychological therapy required following the attack. In the case of a fatal dog attack, we will make sure that families receive coverage for funerary costs as well as damages that help address the pain and suffering associated with the tragic loss of life.

Speak with Our Personal Injury Attorneys

For more information about your legal options following a serious dog attack, be sure to contact our personal injury law firm today. The team here at the Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. will help you receive just compensation for any injuries sustained and hardships that you have endured.

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