Toddler Hospitalized in Orlando After Dog Attack
A two-year-old Port Orange boy was treated in an Orlando hospital recently for injuries he suffered in a dog attack. The accident investigation is still underway, but witnesses say the boy was playing on the front porch of a relative’s home when a dog described as a pit bull mix attacked him. Orlando Police say the boy was with his parents visiting the home of relatives at 419 Leslie Drive when he was attacked by the dog and suffered undisclosed injuries. Relatives rushed the injured boy to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for treatment for multiple puncture wounds and lacerations, and the boy was then transferred to Florida Hospital in Orlando where he is in stable condition.
Police are still conducting their investigation into the dog bite incident but say that the animal was seized and is under quarantine at the Halifax Humane Society while the investigation continues.
Pit bulls and pit bull mixes have a reputation for sudden, unprovoked and vicious attacks, and the aggressiveness of these dogs leads to many serious and often tragic attacks in the Orlando area each year. A few years ago, Florida lawmakers changed our state’s so-called “one bite law,” which allowed dog owners to avoid liability the first time their animal attacked anyone over six years old. Current Florida dog attack laws state that dog owners are liable for any damage their animal causes, regardless of whether or not the dog had a reputation for being aggressive and dangerous. Under Florida law, pit bulls and pit bull mixes are classified as “dangerous dogs,” and owners of these animals are liable for increased criminal penalties if their animals attack and injure anyone.
Far too many people in and around the Orlando area are attacked and severely injured and disfigured by dangerous dogs each year. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham has successfully represented dog attack victims since 1977 and has a proven record of success helping victims receive compensation from negligent dog owners. If a dog has attacked you or a member of your family and you would like to learn more about Florida dog bite laws and your legal options, call Mr. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 to schedule a 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.