Animal Attacks in Florida

By Smith & Stallworth  Oct. 30, 2010 9:00a

Just like New York City and Los Angeles, Florida is a melting pot of exotic people and their exotic pets alike. The Florida coastline has miles of beautiful sandy beaches, warm weather and a plethora of wild and dangerous creatures that pose a danger to Floridians health and safety. As man encroaches upon the territory of dangerous animals, viscous animal attacks are an accident waiting to happen.

These accidents are increasingly more likely to occur, especially as more and more people are messing with nature, whether they are relocating baby alligators into tiny ponds, raising pit bulls for dog fights or taking in deadly snakes as pets. Unfortunately, these animals are taking on innocent, unwitting victims on a daily basis at the expense of permanent disfigurement or a loss of life. The most common types of animal attacks in the state of Florida are:

  • Alligators
  • Dogs
  • Sharks
  • Bees/wasps

Alligator attacks have increased in Florida due to the growing population of both humans and the reptile. Humans have been intruding on their natural habitat, which as a result is bringing both man and alligator, closer together.

Dog fatalities are the second most common problem in Florida, with 31 deaths per a year. This is happening because of the high number of Florida residents that are keeping the more aggressive dog species such as pit bulls and Rottweilers as household pets.

The warm Florida waters are home to the larger, more aggressive shark species. 90% of shark attacks happen during the spring and summer months, mainly because that is the time when shark mothers come to the shallow waters to give birth, combine that with the fact that some sharks come to feed on the shark pups after they are born and you have a disaster waiting to happen.

Some people die as a result of an allergic reaction to a bee or wasp sting.

If you have been injured as a result of an animal attack, it's extremely important that you get the advice of a Tampa animal attacks attorney at Smith & Stallworth. The laws pertaining to animal attacks are specific and complex. You shouldn't have to suffer from your injuries as a result of another person's negligence without getting the compensation you deserve.

Contact a Tampa Animal Attacks Lawyer today for a free case evaluation if you have been attacked by an animal.

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