When man’s best friend turns into your worst enemy and attacks you or your family member, you may be entitled to pursue compensation to pay for your injuries and other damages. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you determine if you can hold the dog owner legally responsible for your dog bite or dog attack. Our firm fights on behalf of individuals who suffered harm because of someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or carelessness.
We can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages you or your family member suffered because of a dog bite or dog attack. We will handle your whole case while you focus on your recovery.
- Investigating Your Jacksonville Dog Bite Case
- Immediate Medical Care Is Imperative to Your Health and Claim
- Using Evidence to Prove the Dog Owner’s Negligence
- Filing an Insurance Claim or Lawsuit for Your Damages
- The Types of Damages You Can Pursue
- Florida’s Dog Bite Law
- Countering a Dog Owner’s Accusations
- How Comparative Negligence Affects a Dog Bite Case
- Statute of Limitations for Jacksonville Dog Bite Claims
- We Handle Dog Bite Cases With No Upfront Fees
- We Stay in Constant Communication With You
- Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for a Free Case Evaluation
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Jacksonville, call (800) 747-3733
Investigating Your Jacksonville Dog Bite Case
We will first ask you about the circumstances of the dog bite or attack. For instance, we will need to find out:
- Did the dog bite take place at the dog owner’s home or on public property?
- Was the dog on or off a leash?
- Was the dog owner present? If so, did the owner try to stop the dog?
- If you know the dog owner and the dog, have you seen the dog display aggressive behavior before?
- What type of medical treatment did you or your loved one receive? Is the treatment ongoing?
Our investigation also involves collecting evidence such as:
- A police report of the dog attack
- You or your family member’s medical records
- Photographs of your or your family member’s wounds
- Reports of previous dog bite cases involving the same dog
- Eyewitness testimony
- A doctor’s testimony of how your injuries have affected your life
Finding out as many details as possible about the dog attack helps us to prepare a strong case on your behalf. Knowing the type of damages you or your family member sustained also helps us to determine the value of your case.
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Immediate Medical Care Is Imperative to Your Health and Claim
Make sure you seek medical attention immediately after you are bit or attacked. Dog bites can be severe and could lead to life-threatening infections such as rabies, so you want to avoid the injury worsening. In addition, if you wait to see a doctor, an insurance company may argue that your injury came from elsewhere and not pay you the compensation you deserve.
Using Evidence to Prove the Dog Owner’s Negligence
We collect relevant evidence to prove that you or your loved one suffered a bite or an attack by a dog on the dog owner’s private property or public property, and you were not trespassing on the owner’s property but were lawfully on the property when the dog bite or attack occurred. Some of the more common types of evidence that could be used to support liability in your Jacksonville dog bite claim include:
- Photos of your Injuries
- Photos of the accident scene
- Video footage of the dog attack
- Veterinary records
- Medical records
- Expert testimony
- Witness statements
- Physician records and recommendations
These are just a few pieces of evidence that could help support your right to compensation when someone else’s dog attacks or bites you or your child. Once we have a better idea how your injuries occurred, we will be able to gather the evidence needed to prove culpability in your case.
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Filing an Insurance Claim or Lawsuit for Your Damages
A homeowner’s insurance company usually covers medical and other expenses for dog bite victims. So, we would file a claim on your behalf against the dog owner’s insurance company.
We would also negotiate a settlement of your claim with the insurance company if necessary. Our attorneys have years of experience negotiating claims and know how to challenge insurers that want to delay or deny claims. We work hard to get personal injury victims the fair settlements they deserve. If we are unable to secure a sufficient settlement, we will take the case to court and continue fighting for justice and compensation there.
The Types of Damages You Can Pursue
Hospitalization for a serious infection or other medical conditions that need emergency treatment for you or your loved one can be the result of a dog bite. This may keep you off from work or school for quite some time. Because of this, you can pursue damages that include the following:
- Emergency medical treatment for the dog bite
- Emergency transport
- Hospital costs
- Ongoing medical treatment
- Prescription medications
- Plastic surgery
- Physical therapy
- Lost income, if you missed work due to recovery
- Diminished earning capacity
- Renovation of your home or vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair
Because a dog bite can cause emotional trauma, you can also recover non-economic damages, which include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Development of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or a fear of dogs
One of our personal injury lawyers will calculate your damages and fight for every dime you deserve. In order to have a strong case, we need to get to work right away. You have a limited amount of time to pursue compensation, and there is plenty of work to do, so let us get started on your case now and begin collecting evidence.
Florida’s Dog Bite Law
Our firm’s attorneys are proficient in Florida laws and know how to apply the state’s dangerous dog statute to your case. Florida Statutes §767.04 makes dog owners liable for damages suffered by anyone bitten or attacked by their dogs, even if owners claim, to their knowledge, that their dog has not bitten anyone before.
The statute calls for dog owners who know about their pet’s aggressive tendencies to prominently display an easily readable sign on their personal property that includes the words, “Bad Dog.”
Even if the dog owner displays the sign, dog owners are still responsible for restraining their dog to make sure their pet does not escape and bite someone.
Countering a Dog Owner’s Accusations
For dog lovers, there is nothing more pleasurable than spending time with a dog. You can expect a paw scratch here and a nip there when playing with a dog. While this does not constitute a dog bite case, dog owners may claim that you provoked their dog to bite you. Regardless if the attack was intentional, you can still file an accident claim.
Dog owners typically want to defend their pets by blaming the dog bite or attack on the victims. And dog owners may be able to avoid liability if they can show that the injury victim was trespassing on their property at the time of the accident or was provoking the dog into acting aggressively. Some examples of behaviors that may be considered provocation include hitting or yelling.
These are only a few examples of ways dog owners may be able to avoid being found liable for dog bite victim’s injuries. This is why conducting an investigation to counter claims of a dog owner is crucial to having a successful dog bite case. However, if you somehow contributed to the dog biting you, Florida’s comparative negligence law, found in Florida Statutes §768.81, will apply to your case.
How Comparative Negligence Affects a Dog Bite Case
Applying comparative negligence to your case does not mean that you cannot recover compensation for your damages. Comparative negligence means your total compensation amount will decrease based on the percentage of fault assigned to you. For instance, if damages for your dog bite injuries totaled $60,000 and you were 30% at fault for causing the dog to bite you, you would receive $42,000.
The only time negligence is not applied is when a dog bites a child under the age of six, according to the state’s dog bite statute. The state law does not hold children under six comparatively negligent or liable for failing to read a prominently displayed “Bad Dog” sign. In this situation, the statute holds dog owners liable for a child’s injuries.
Statute of Limitations for Jacksonville Dog Bite Claims
The aftermath of your dog bite in Jacksonville may be overwhelming. While you are attempting to recuperate from your injuries and heal from the emotional trauma you have experienced, the last thing you may want to do is pursue legal action against the dog’s owner.
However, because Florida has a strict statute of limitations in place, you need to act quickly. Under Florida Statutes § 95.11, you must file before the four-year statute of limitations has expired or your case may be dismissed.
If you are the family member of someone who passed away due to a fatal dog bite injury, the statute of limitations for your case is different. The wrongful death statute of limitations is two years under Florida Statute 95.11 (4)(d). If you have questions or concerns surrounding when the statute of limitations will run out for case, make sure to contact our office to discuss your case.
We Handle Dog Bite Cases With No Upfront Fees
Medical bills from a dog bite can total in the thousands. Coupled with an inability to work, it can be impossible to cover your medical bills and other expenses. We want you to focus on your physical and emotional recovery, not your bills. That is why our injury lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis, which means you do not pay for our services unless we recover compensation in your case.
There is no financial risk to you when you work with our team.
We Stay in Constant Communication With You
We want your experience to be as stress-free as possible. To achieve this, we ensure that we communicate with you regularly. However, we understand that you may have questions or concerns that you want answered immediately. To get you the answers you need when you need them, we give you your attorney’s personal cell phone number.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for a Free Case Evaluation
A dog bite lawyer in Jacksonville, FL is available to help you with your case. At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we strive to get you the compensation you need to pay for your medical treatment, lost wages, and other damages you or your loved one suffered because of a dog bite.
Call us today for your free, no-risk, no-obligation consultation: 1-800-747-3733. A compassionate team member wants to hear about your case and inform you of your rights and legal options.