Dog & Animal Attacks

Jacksonville Dog Bite Attorneys

While not all dog bite cases are reported, estimates show that as many as 2% of all Americans are bitten by dogs each year. While most dog owners are responsible with their dogs and take precautions to prevent their dogs from biting anyone with appropriate signs and warnings, and by keeping their dogs confined or on a leash. Many dog owners do not fully appreciate the potential danger their dog presents to unsuspecting friends, family and neighbors.

This lack of concern or understanding puts everyone that comes into contact with the dog at risk. And unfortunately children are most often the victims, worse yet, 80% of the injuries they sustain are to the head and face causing horrible wounds, scaring, and psychological trauma that can affect them the rest of their lives. All because a dog owner did not fully appreciate or understand how dangerous their pet could be.

Everyone should know that there is nothing common about dog bite incidents. Every incident of a dog biting a human is unique. Every dog bite is caused by a different set of facts and circumstances. Each of which can and will have an effect on any settlement or judgment.

Who is typically held responsible for dog bite injuries?

In most cases, the dog’s owner is responsible. A sign warning of a dangerous dog may affect this but these owners are aware of the danger their dogs possess. Dog bites are the result of a dog that is usually not treated well by its owners both in care and in restraint. These are the dogs that most often bite.

Are certain breeds of dog more dangerous than others?

Larger dogs can of course inflict more damage than smaller dogs, but based on statistics, all dogs are equally guilty. Statistics show that it’s not the dog breed, it’s the owner or trainer that is responsible for a dogs aggression, and how the dog is treated from day to day and trained.

What should I do if I’ve been bitten by a dog?

First identify who owns the dog. If you do sustain an injury from a dog bite, you will need the name of the owner and their insurance information if they are willing to provide it. It is also advisable to speak with a dog bite attorney. The attorneys at McGRATH GIBSON are experienced in dog bite cases are happy to provide a free case evaluation.

If you are a victim of a dog bite, call McGRATH GIBSON at (904) 388-3300.

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