Animal Bites – Have You Been Attacked or Bitten by an Animal?

Even trusted pets can cause injury.  Additionally, many aggressive breeds are an outright hazard. In the Jacksonville media, we see regular attention on animal bites or attacks.  And puncture wounds can cause infection, disfigurement or even permanent disability.


Finally, charging attacks are often overlook because the animal did not directly injure you. For example, falling or running into something to get away are indirect ways to be hurt by an animal.

Responsibility for Damages

In either case, the property owner, the animal owner and their insurance companies, may be responsible for your damages. Damages included medical bills, lost wages and pain & suffering.

How Can The Soud Law Firm Help?

When bitten by an animal, contact us for a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about your options, rights and expectations.

While the State of Florida passes laws and “codifies” them called The Florida Statute, local governments and cities also pass laws, often referred to as Ordinances.

The Florida Statutes



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Jacksonville Ordinance

Jacksonville Ordinance Code for animals


UF Health on animal bites from the medical perspective.

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Pro Tip – “Seek Competent Medical Care”

No doubt, when bitten and it is a puncture wound seek competent medical care. In addition, even the smallest of bites that seem like “not that big a deal” can inject loads of bad bacteria through and under your skin causing infections.

Once it begins to fester into a full blown infection it could “crawl” up your arm or leg and spread. As a result, treatment options and medical care are not fun. Animals, like humans, have pretty disgusting mouths, filled with all kinds of bacteria and microbes. Even more importantly, older people and those with a compromised immune face more risk.

Additionally, Call animal control if you need to report this. Also here is an article on What To Do If You’ve Been Bitten By A Dog?