If a dog bit or attacked you, you could be entitled to make a No Win No Fee compensation claim for the physical, emotional, and financial damages you suffered.
Our team can tell you about your legal options during a free consultation with a Pensacola dog bite injury lawyer’s team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. We handle cases in the Florida panhandle and want to achieve justice for you.
We Can Help You Understand Your Legal Options and What to Expect
Per Florida Statutes § 764.04, dog owners are liable for harm caused to people their dog bites. This is true if the dog was in a public place or on private property, and the injured party was not trespassing. However, the legal process can be challenging to navigate alone. Knowing your case is in good hands can bring peace of mind, especially if a minor was harmed.
Other important aspects of a claim can take their toll, especially while you are recovering from a serious injury. These can include:
- Proving liability
- Assessing the value of your claim
- Negotiating with persistent insurance companies
- Managing the day-to-day administration
Our lawyers can shoulder this responsibility while clarifying your legal options and guiding you through the claim process. In addition, we are always available to answer your questions and keep you informed about your case’s progression. This way, you are always aware of what is happening and what to expect from the process.
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Our Lawyers Can Help Determine What Your Case is Worth
When calculating the extent of your damages, you must ensure the assessment includes projections for any suffering or financial losses you may incur in the future. For example, you must consider whether the attack has affected your employment or ability to work. While the amount of compensation you receive depends on the facts of your case, damages can include:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Lost wages and compensation if your employment is affected in the future
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma such as social anxiety or PTSD
- Permanent disfigurement
A dog bite can affect different people in very different ways, so there is no set amount for compensation. Having an accurate financial assessment of your unique losses can help you make informed choices about whether or not to accept an insurance settlement offer.
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We Fight for You to Receive the Compensation You Deserve
Our dog bite attorneys in Pensacola typically file compensation claims with the pet owners’ home or renter’s insurance companies up to the policies’ liability limits. Bear in mind; an insurance company operates for profit. This may not align with what is best or fair for you.
Our team knows how to negotiate a fair settlement and defend against tactics an insurer may use to deny or devalue your claim. We handle all communications with the insurance representatives. Your team can help you avoid the many common pitfalls that could jeopardize your claim.
If an insurer refuses to offer you a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to prepare and present your case in front of a judge. Insurance companies are more likely to settle out of court to avoid costs when faced with legal representation.
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We Can Help You Prove Liability in a Pensacola Dog Bite Injury Claim
We help you prove liability by investigating your case and gathering evidence to build a strong case. These might include:
- Medical records
- Witness statements
- Police or animal control officer reports
While some cases are straightforward, the legal process can be complex in others. For example, possible defenses in a dog bite attack may include:
Posting of a “Bad Dog” Sign
If a “Bad Dog” warning sign is prominently posted, you may think the owner may escape responsibility. However, liability is based upon the circumstances of the case. Your situation requires careful analysis of the facts. For example:
- Is the sign obvious and easy to read?
- Was the victim able to read the sign?
- Did the attack happen at the dog owner’s premises?
- The age of the injured party
If you have questions or concerns about liability in your case, our team is always available to address them in a free consultation.
The legal process can become more complex if a dog owner claims the dog was provoked before the attack. Bear in mind that any negligence on your part may reduce your compensation per the Damage by Dogs Statute. Our lawyers can investigate your claim to determine how the incident occurred.
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The Short and Long Term Effects of Dog Bites May Require Expensive Treatment
Physical injuries from dog bites are typically apparent right away, such as puncture wounds or lacerations. However, complications can develop later, causing long-term effects such as nerve damage, permanent scarring, or emotional trauma. These injuries can be costly to treat, so you must have your claim properly assessed.
Additional health concerns include:
- Broken bones or fractures if the dog knocks you down during an attack or while trying to escape (children are especially vulnerable).
- Risk of infection such as tetanus, sepsis, or rabies (people with autoimmune disorders may be at greater risk of infection)
- Permanent damage to limb function
If any animal bites you, it is vital to seek medical attention straight away. Doing this helps to protect against further harm. Having your injuries properly documented can also be used as evidence in your case later on.
Call for a Free Pensacola Dog Bite Case Consultation Today
If you or a loved one was bitten or attacked by a dog, the team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is here to take care of you. We pride ourselves on maintaining a high level of client satisfaction and go the extra mile to get you the compensation you deserve.
We provide our legal services on a No Win, No Fee basis, and the first consultation is free. Do not risk your right to pursue compensation as deadlines apply. See Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a). Start your compensation claim today by calling 1-800-747-3733.
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