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Dog/Animal Bite

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  • Children: Among children, the rate of dog bite–related injuries is highest for those ages 5 to 9 years, and children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites

 

  • Adult Males: Male adults are more likely than female adults to be bitten.

 

  • People with dogs in their homes: Among children and adults, having a dog in the household is associated with a higher incidence of dog bites. As the number of dogs in the home increases, so does the incidence of dog bites.  Adults with two or more dogs in the household are five times more likely to be bitten than those living without dogs at home

 

  • The dog bites vary in sevarity with the size and bread of dog.  The breed  that seems to do the most damage due to the strength of their jaws are Pit Bulls. 

 

  • Annual data from 2012 shows that 50% (19) of the victims were adults, 21-years and older, and the other half were children, ages 8-years and younger. Of the total children killed by dogs in 2012, 79% (15) were ages 2-years and younger.

When are you able to Sue for a Dog Bite in Florida?

Under Florida law an owner of an animal who attacks a person is absolutely liable for the injuries sustained by that person.  However, is a person trespasses onto another’s property where a sign conspicuously displayed saying "BAD DOG" the property owner would have no liability for a person injured under those circumstances.  If a claimant teases or taunts an animal his claim would be barred.  Under limited conditions a property owner can be liable or not only damages but also punitive damages.