A Brevard County woman was taken to the hospital recently after being attacked by a pack of three dogs that belong to a neighbor. The 53-year-old victim was walking near her home in the 3200-block of Hainlin Avenue in Palm Bay when she was attacked by the dogs and badly injured. Police report that she suffered multiple bite wounds, including cuts and deep bruises to the upper portion of her body. A neighbor who witnessed the dog bite attack ran to help the lady by scaring off the dogs and using a shovel to protect the victim until emergency responders arrived on the scene.
Daniel Madden, the neighbor who came to help the victim, said that she had been injured badly in the attack.
"The back of her neck was mauled up pretty good. Her arm, it almost looked like it was broken. It was bleeding profusely. She has a big old pool of blood on her front porch," he said.
The woman is recovering in an area hospital, but her condition is not known. Animal Services officials seized the dogs, which included at least one pit bull.
In Florida, dog owners are responsible for any damages that their animals inflict in dog bite attacks. Given the severity of the victim’s wounds, she could face multiple plastic surgeries to her neck and arms and painful physical rehabilitation regimens to regain full use of the affected areas. While Central Florida counties are not as bad as other areas of Florida for dog bite attacks, (Flagler and Bay Counties are the worst for 2012, with 35 and 42 dog attacks per 100,000 residents, respectively,) as you can see, there is still a lot of room for improvement:
- Lake County 13 (dog attacks per 100,000 residents)
- Osceola County 8.7
- Orange County 7.1
- Seminole County 6.4
Each year, hundreds of Floridians are badly injured in dog attacks, with many suffering disfiguring injuries to the face, head, neck, arms and hands. Reconstruction and physical therapy are quite painful and very expensive and many victims choose to speak with an Orlando personal injury attorney, such as James O. Cunningham, to help them receive the fair and just compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in an animal attack and you would like to speak with an aggressive and experienced Orlando dog bite lawyer, call M. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) and schedule your free consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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