PIT BULLS COMMIT THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF CATASTROPHIC DOG BITES
Aug. 6, 2019
The O’Hara Law Firm has handled many dog bite cases, and the overwhelming majority of claims are Pit bull bites. Pit bulls and Pit bull mixes have a reputation for being aggressive because of the disproportionate number of catastrophic dog attacks involving Pit bulls. Historically, Pit bulls were selected and bred for their fighting ability. This selective breeding increased their likelihood of attacking other dogs. When a Pit bull attacks another dog, there is a high risk of a person getting bit if someone attempts to protect a dog or separate the fight.
It is a natural instinct to protect your pet. Pet owners instinctively try to rescue their dogs and often are injured in the process. The O’Hara Law Firm recently settled a case on behalf of a man who was bit by a Pit bull after he picked up his small dog to prevent the Pit bull from harming it as the Pit bull was charging. The Pit bull bit the man’s hand that was holding the small dog causing severe damage. This type of fact pattern is all too common.
Pit bull advocates often claim it is the owners that are the problem and not the dogs. They routinely claim that the dogs are aggressive because the owners encouraged the behavior. This may be true in some instances. However, there is a reason that bad dog owners choose Pit bulls. The breed is strong and a disproportionate number of them are naturally aggressive. Moreover, a dog bite victim has the same injury whether the dog was naturally aggressive or became aggressive because of the owner.
In 2018, 36 people were killed by dogs. 26 of the fatalities involved Pit bulls or Pit bull mixes. Thus, 72% of dog bite fatalities in 2018 were caused by Pit bulls. This is a highly disproportionate figure give the fact that Pit bulls are less than 7% of the total dog population. Nearly a third of the fatalities were children under the age of two years old. An infant should never be left unattended with a large dog.
Pit Bull Attack Lawyer
Patrick O’Hara has represented numerous Pit bull bite victims. He is an experienced Pit bull bite attorney. The O’Hara Law Firm has recovered compensation for children, adults, elderly, men and women who were bit by Pit bulls. Pit bulls are more dangerous than most breeds when they attack because they are strong and often do not let go when they bite. Many clients have confirmed this behavior when interviewed. In our experience, a very high percentage of cases that include a dog attacking another dog involve Pit bulls.
The O’Hara Law Firm will fight hard to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, impairment and mental anguish. Emergency care is expensive, and clients with significant scarring often need plastic surgery months to years later. The O’Hara Law Firm has represented Pit bull attack victims with severe lacerations, scarring to the face, broken bones, nerve damage, tendon damage, keloids, and other injuries.
Dog Breed Legislation
In states that allow dog breed specific legislation, Pit bulls are a common target of the legislation. Local communities such as counties and cities in several states ban ownership of dangerous breeds. The Pit bull is almost always included as a dangerous breed where this legislation exists. Dobermans and Rottweilers are other common breeds included in breed specific bans. Nearly forty percent of states forbid legislation that bans ownership of certain dog breeds.
Texas passed legislation banning any new specific breed legislation. Local ordinances that predate the legislation are grandfathered in. However, Texas has a “dangerous dog” law that allows any dog to be labeled dangerous after a court rules it is dangerous. This only occurs after a dog has significantly injured someone.
If you have been injured by a dog, contact The O’Hara Law Firm for a free consultation. Patrick O’Hara is a dog bite attorney that handles dog bite claims in Houston, Harris County and other surrounding areas. The O’Hara Law Firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis. Call us at 832-956-1138.