Skilled Southaven Premises Liability Lawyers will Fight for your Future after an Animal Attack
Helping victims of animal attacks in Southaven, Olive Branch, Hernando and beyond
America is a country of pet owners. People spend millions of dollars every year on toys, fancy food, vet visits and even pet hotels. Major retail stores even let you bring your dog inside so long as it’s properly restrained. With all these pets out in the open, though, people are now at an increased risk of being bitten or even attacked by a dog – and in Mississippi, the laws is not on your side.
Luckily, the law firm of Taylor Jones Taylor is. The attorneys offer skilled and aggressive representation to dog bite victims throughout north Mississippi. With office locations in Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch, Taylor Jones Taylor is always nearby when you need them the most. The firm has experience with these types of premises liability cases, and want to help you secure your family’s future.
The facts about dog bites
According to the victims’ rights group DogBite.org:
- 42 people died from dog bites in 2014.
- In 2008 (the most up-to-date year available), the “average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200.” It has likely increased since then.
- Every day in the U.S., about 1,000 people seek emergency treatment because of a dog bite.
Everyone has head that old chestnut about a dog’s mouth being cleaner than the average human’s, but it is not true. Without timely and proper treatment, a dog bite victim can get a serious infection or even be infected with rabies, a virus which, when allowed to spread, has about a 50% mortality rate.
In other words, a dog bite can kill even if the force of the bite is not strong enough to do permanent damage. Some dogs, however, are strong enough to permanently maim you, and some are strong enough to actually kill a child.
Mississippi, dangerous dogs and anti-breed discrimination
A few years ago, Mississippi tried to pass a law – the Mississippi Regulation of Dangerous Dogs Act – that would hold owners of dangerous dog breeds accountable for their dogs’ actions, even if the animal had never attacked someone before. The Act would have levied big fines against owners who did not follow the laws, and was aimed at a very particular breeds, including pure bred and mixed breeds of the:
- American bulldog
- American pit bull terrier
- American Staffordshire terrier
- Staffordshire bull terrier
The bill never made it out of the House, thanks in part to anti-breed discrimination and animal rights groups. But the truth is, some breeds are more dangerous than others, and some cause more injury and harm than others, and depending on the circumstances there may be no recourse since in Mississippi every dog gets “one bite”. Therefore, if your neighbor owns a dog which gets loose and then bites your child in the face, you might not see any compensation from the insurance company to cover the expensive medical treatments your child will almost certainly need.
The personal injury lawyers of Taylor Jones Taylor fight against these kinds of injustices through creative and aggressive strategies designed to hold dog owners responsible for their pets. Whether you or your loved one was bitten by a pit bull or a Chihuahua, scratched by a neighbor’s nasty cat or pecked by an uncage bird in their home – or any number of potential animal attacks that could happen – the firm does not back down from a fight. Dog bite lawsuits in Mississippi can be very challenging, so the attorneys always prepare every case for a trial in case that is what is needed. When you feel helpless and you don’t know what to do, rely on Taylor Jones Taylor to protect you and your family.
Bitten by a dog? Contact a personal injury lawyer who knows how to help
Taylor Jones Taylor has the skills, experience and resources you want on your side after you or your loved one has been bitten by a dog or attacked by an animal. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case at one of the firm’s offices in Southaven, Hernando or Olive Branch, please call 662.342.1300, or fill out this contact form. The attorneys routinely represent clients throughout Mississippi, including in Grenada, Tupelo, Cleveland, Oxford, Batesville and Clarksdale. How can we help you and your family?