Many Florida residents own dogs. When trained well, dogs can be wonderful creatures and excellent companions. However, some breeds – and certain dogs without proper guidance – can attack others, causing serious injury or even death. Children are especially susceptible to dog bites because they mistakenly believe that all dogs are friendly.
A 10-year-old boy from Groves, Texas, was a recent victim of a dog attack. He received not just one dog bite, but multiple ones from two dogs. The incident occurred on the morning of Aug. 23. The dogs bit the boy and ran off.
The boy received wounds on a leg, foot, arm and in the chest area. His grandfather took him to a local hospital, where he is now recovering. The local animal control and fire department responded to the home. It is believed that the dogs that attacked the boy are pitbulls, but that information is not yet confirmed. The owners of the dogs could face charges for not having the dogs fenced in or on a leash, according to city ordinance.
Because the city of Groves has a leash law, the boy’s family can file a personal injury lawsuit against the owners of the dogs – if they can be located – and recover compensation. Because the dogs were not on a leash at the time of the attack, this proves that the dog owners were negligent – and negligence is a huge part of any personal injury claim.
The boy’s family may want to consider seeking legal action. The boy was bit multiple times and may have a long road to recovery ahead of him. Even if he physically heals quickly, he will likely face emotional trauma due to the incident. He may develop a fear of dogs and be afraid to engage in everyday activities due to the attack. He is entitled to receive financial compensation for these types of damages as well.
12 News, “Child hospitalized after bitten by dogs in Groves” No author given, Aug. 23, 2013