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A recent survey conducted in the United States estimated that there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites each year. Nearly 1,000 people are treated for injuries from a dog bite each day in emergency rooms across the country. Fatalities from dog bites are not extremely common, however, the physical and emotional devastation caused by a horrifying attack may have lasting consequences. Most dog bites occur on the owner’s property and the majority of victims are family or friends of the owner. The dog owner and property owner may share responsibility for the attack in some circumstances.

At the Winter Park, Florida Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D, J.D., we understand the devastating effects of a dog bite injury. The victim often experiences pain and suffering, infection, scarring and disfigurement, possible amputation and financial hardship as a result of the attack.

Orlando Dog Bite Attorney, Michael Barszcz M.D. J.D. is a civil trial attorney who is also a medical doctor. He obtained his M.D. from Brown University Medical School and his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law. Over the past 24 years, Mr. Barszcz has litigated cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury and other severe accidents. He has recovered more than $100 million dollars for his clients.

Why hire an attorney who’s also a medical doctor?
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Considerations for Dog Owners

Veterinarians, animal behaviorists and responsible breeders can aid in helping you to determine which breed of dog is safest for your household. Dogs that tend to be aggressive are not suitable for homes that have other pets and children. The dog owner has a responsibility to know the animal and to prevent any attacks, especially if the animal has a violent history. The owner should understand the significance of prior episodes of aggressive behavior and should take appropriate measures to assure that the general public is not subjected to danger of attack.

Preventing Dog Bites

Animal experts offer the following tips to reduce your likelihood of injury:

  • Avoid approaching an unfamiliar dog
  • Avoid screaming or running from an aggressive dog
  • When approached by an unfamiliar dog, remain still
  • If a dog knocks you over, curl up in a ball and do not move
  • Do not play with an unfamiliar dog unless the owner is present
  • Avoid stray dogs and report them, especially if they present strange behavior
  • Do not make direct eye contact with a dog, it is considered a challenge
  • Do not disturb a mother dog with puppies, or a dog that is eating or sleeping
  • Do not pet a dog unless it has been able to see and smell you first
  • Report a bite immediately to the owner and seek medical attention

Learn about What To Do After a Dog Bite here.

At the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., our Florida dog bite lawyer represents clients on a contingency basis. This means that the attorneys are only paid a fee if there is a recovery in your case. To learn more about legal representation for a dog bite claim, please contact theMDJD at the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., for a free consultation.

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