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Injuries from Dog Bites in Brevard County

Between the ages of 1 and 9 years old, children are at the highest risk for dog bites out of any group. Within this group, boys in this age range are at an even higher risk than girls.

Within this age group, children under 10 years old are more likely to be bitten on the neck or head than other age groups. On average 2 Floridians per year die from injuries resulting from dog bites? Additionally, more than 600 Floridians are hospitalized every year due to injuries from dog bites.

Dog bite and injuries from a vicious dog are the types of injuries that require the work of an experienced personal injury lawyer with a history of representing clients in personal injury claims in Florida.

Personal Injury Lawyer for Dog Bite Injuries in Satellite Beach, FL

If you were attacked by a dog and sustained injuries, you may be able to recover damages. At The Law Offices of James B. Coulter focus on representing clients and restoring them to the position they were in before the incident. 

Whether your injuries occurred in Satellite Beach, FL, or the surrounding cities of Melbourne, Cocoa, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Rockledge, Indialantic, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and West Melbourne, then contact an experienced dog bite defense attorney to discuss your case today.

Call The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944 to discuss the facts of your case today. James Coulter is experienced representing clients injured by dog bites and other negligent activity in  the counties surrounding Brevard County including Volusia County, Indian River County, Osceola County, and Orange County, Florida.


Statistics on the Frequency of Dog Bites

According to an in-depth analysis of 799 dog bites reported to the Florida Department of Health in Bay County, Florida between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2010:

  • Children under 6 years old and boys between 6–14 years old were the two groups with the highest risk of being bitten by a dog. 
  • 86 percent of dog bites involving children under 6 years old were from dogs familiar to the family, and more than 50 percent occurred in the home.
  • More than a third of children less than 6 years old was unknown, suggesting some young children may have been unsupervised when in contact with dogs.
  • 55 percent of dog bites involving individuals 15 years and older happened when the victim tried to break up a dog fight. This occurred more often in the home or at the dog owner’s property, but also occurred frequently off the property. 
  • The most common cause of dog bites in all age groups (26 percent) was inappropriate behavior management such as interacting with the dog while it was playing with a chew toy, eating food, roughhousing, or touching or moving the dog against its will. 71 of these incidents occurred in the dog owner’s home or on their property. 
  • 24 percent of dog bites were caused by protective behavior both on and off the dog owner’s property. 
  • Dogs found off of their owner’s property and off-leash were the source of 32 percent of all reported dog bites, 89 percent involved dogs unknown to the victim.

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More Resources on Dog Bite Statistics Florida

Florida Health- Visit the Florida Department of Health website for dog bite prevention information. This site addresses issues concerning animal contact and human health, and rabies. It provides safety tips for dog owners, information on pet sterilization, as well as safety tips for adults and children to decrease the number of dog bite incidents in the state of Florida. 
Florida State Legislature- Visit Florida’s state legislature site to find the full statute on dog owner’s liability for damages to a person bitten. §767.04 of Florida Code explains that the owner of any dog that bites another person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private location, including the property of the dog’s owner, is liable for damages suffered by the bitten person, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.


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Attorney for Dog Bites in Melbourne, FL

At The Law Offices of James B. Coulter, James B. Coulter has successfully handled claims on behalf of dog bite victims, by way of negotiation or litigation. He is well-versed in statutes created to protect the rights of dog bite victims and understands that acting quickly is crucial to protecting those rights.

Whether you are a Melbourne resident, or you reside in the surrounding areas of Brevard County, or Satellite Beach, a speedy investigation can help establish liability for your injuries and determine whether your insurance will cover you.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, contact a personal injury lawyer from The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at

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