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Dangerous Dog Attacks

With an estimated 11.15 million pet dogs in Florida, dog attacks are somewhat common throughout the state. In Florida, an average of 500 people per year are injured by dog bites. As of 2014, these attacks had an average claim amount of $38,400. These types of attacks may lead to permanent scars or even fatal injuries.

In order to limit these attacks, Florida keeps a record of all dogs declared dangerous by the state. Unfortunately, some dog owners fail to take the necessary precautions to avoid their animals attacking other victims.

Handling a dog attack claim by a dog already declared dangerous is slightly different than being attacked by a dog without this label. Navigating these nuances requires the attention of an experienced personal injury attorney.

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Attorney for Dangerous Dog Attacks in Brevard County, FL

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter, located in Satellite Beach, FL, represents clients injured in dangerous dog attacks and various other personal injury claims. James Coulter represents victims of a dog bite or vicious attack by a  dangerous dog in Satellite Beach, FL, Brevard County or the surrounding cities of Titusville, Melbourne, Cocoa, Rockledge, Indialantic, Cape Canaveral, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and West Melbourne.

From his offices in Satellite Beach, FL, James Coulter also represents clients in the surrounding counties including Volusia County, Indian River County, Osceola County, and Orange County, Florida. Call The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944 to schedule a free consultation. If you are not awarded damages, you owe nothing.

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Establishing Liability for Dangerous Dog Attacks in Florida

Florida code §767.13 provides that if a dog is deemed dangerous and attacks a victim or another domesticated animal despite a lack of provocation, the state of Florida may find the dog’s owner in violation of Florida’s criminal laws. In this event, Florida holds the dog owner accountable for the following:

  1. All costs associated with the department’s investigation of the matter; and
  2. All boarding fees and related fees associated with temporarily housing the dog in a safe location while awaiting a hearing.

In the event that the dog owner files an appeal within the allotted time period, the dog cannot be euthanized while the appeal is pending unless two veterinarians declare that euthanasia will alleviate the dog’s unnecessary suffering.

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Additional Resources

Owner liability for dangerous dog bites- Visit Florida’s site for its bar organization to find more information on liability for dog bites, statistics on the frequency of dog bites in Florida, and the additional Florida cases involving dog attacks.

Damages by dogs and dangerous dogs- Visit Florida’s state legislature site for the full statute on seeking damages for dog bites. This site also provides information on different types of claims you can make against a dog owner for a dog attack to you, your child, or an animal in your possession.

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Find an Attorney for Dangerous Dog Attack Claims in Satellite Beach, FL

If you believe that you were attacked by a dog that may have been declared dangerous previously, you have a slightly different claim than a typical dog attack victim. Contact a personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter to start discussing strategy for your case.

If you live in Brevard County, Orange County, Volusia County, Seminole County, or surrounding areas, call (321) 586-9944 to set up a free consultation. 

This article was last updated on Thursday, October 14, 2016.

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