Dog bites can result in extreme bruising, broken bones, stitches, and more serious injuries. Even bites that may initially seem minor can quickly become more severe due to infection.
If you suffered a dog bite injury, you could qualify for compensation. A Fort Pierce dog bite lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you seek financial awards for your personal injury losses. These could include your medical treatment, lost wages, and other damages.
Dog Bite Injuries Can Be Severe and Fatal
According to the Florida Department of Health, more than 600 Floridians yearly suffer dog bite injuries that require hospitalization, and an average of two people die from dog bites. Injuries can be especially severe in children, who are more likely to get bitten and suffer bites to the head and neck.
Furthermore, according to Cleveland Clinic, around half of dog bites introduce dangerous and infection-causing bacteria, such as staphylococcus, capnocytophaga, and Pasteurella. Unvaccinated dogs may also carry rabies. Bite injuries can also result in permanent scarring and disfigurement. Dog bite victims may require:
- Oral, topical, or intravenous antibiotics
- Stitches or cosmetic procedures
- Rabies shots
- Tetanus shots
- Treatment for severe bruising or broken bones
- Treatment to manage the symptoms of bite-induced illnesses
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Florida Dog Bite Laws Could Be Relevant in Your Case
Florida is a “strict liability” state when it comes to dog bites. According to Florida Statutes § 767.04, dog owners are liable for damages if their animal bites a person in a public place or “lawfully on or in a private place.” The latter category includes those on a property with expressed or implied permission and those on a property to perform a public duty, such as delivering the mail.
Strict liability means you do not have to prove the owner acted negligently or knew their dog was dangerous. Instead, you need only show the dog bit you.
Exceptions To Strict Liability
Strict liability does not apply to trespassers. Dog owners also are not liable for dog bite injuries occurring on their property if they have a prominently displayed “bad dog” sign (unless the victim is under age 6).
A dog owner may also try to reduce their liability by alleging you provoked the animal or engaged in another negligent behavior that caused your injury. Under Florida’s comparative fault statute, Florida Statutes § 768.81, if the court finds you bear responsibility for your injury, it will reduce any awards you receive accordingly.
For example, if the court finds that you are 10 percent liable and awards you $100,000, you would receive $90,000. Our dog bite lawyers can defend against arguments negating strict liability or attempts to place blame on you or your Fort Pierce loved one.
Liability for Other Dog-Related Injuries And Damages
Strict liability applies to bite injuries, not other dog-related injuries or damages. So, say a dog chased you, causing you to trip and break your leg. To win a financial award, you would have to prove the dog owner’s negligence caused your injury. In this example, they could be liable if they did not restrain their dog according to Fort Pierce City Code of Ordinances Sec. 4-22.
You can also receive compensation for other dog-related injuries and damages to property or livestock if the dog has a record of previously biting, attacking, chasing, or endangering another person, according to the “dangerous dog” definition in Florida Statutes § 767.11.
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We Will Fight for Compensation for Your Dog Bite Injury
Our attorneys can identify and pursue economic and non-economic losses stemming from your dog bite, including:
- Emergency department treatment
- Medical procedures
- Hospital and doctor fees
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Cosmetic surgery
- Lost wages, earnings, and benefits (including loss of future income)
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering (including stress, depression, scarring, disfigurement, and anxiety)
- Wrongful death (including survivors’ emotional and mental anguish, loss of parental guidance, or loss of consortium)
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Our Attorneys Will Handle Your Fort Pierce Dog Bite Injury Claim
Most homeowners and renters insurance policies cover dog bite injuries, including those that do not occur on the dog owner’s property. We will:
Even though dog owners are strictly liable for bites in Florida, you will still need to prove you suffered injuries and financial losses and that your actions did not cause your dog bite incident. Our team can do this using:
- Medical records and expert medical opinion
- Police reports
- Photographs of your injury
- Available cell phone or surveillance video of your attack
- Eyewitness testimony
- Medical bills, receipts, and other proof of expenses
- Testimony regarding your physical pain and emotional and mental suffering
We Will Shield You From the Insurance Company
Once you hire a lawyer, contact from the insurance company should go through your legal counsel. We will handle phone calls, emails, and meetings with insurance adjusters or opposing attorneys. This saves you time and energy and prevents you from saying or doing something the insurance company could later use to reduce or deny your settlement.
Furthermore, we will represent you during negotiations and fight for the most advantageous outcome possible for your case.
We Will Pursue Legal Action if Necessary
If an insurance claim is not an option or a lawsuit is your best route for securing fair compensation, we will take your case to trial. According to Florida Statutes § 95.11, you have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit and two years to sue for wrongful death. If the statute of limitations expires, so do your chances of seeking financial awards.
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Why Choose the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine After a Dog Bite?
Our focus is on our clients. You are more than just a case number, you are an injury victim who matters, and we will do whatever we can to help get your life back on track. Our commitment to service includes:
- Treating every client with dignity and respect
- Answering your questions and addressing your concerns
- Giving you your lawyer’s direct phone number
- Providing regular case updates
- Meeting you wherever is most convenient
- Representing you on contingency, meaning you owe us nothing until we win your case
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