At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we understand the physical pain and emotional trauma that occurs after a dog bite incident. As a result, we help dog bite victims in Lauderhill, FL pursue compensation for their injuries.
A dog bite lawyer in Lauderhill, FL from our legal team can assist you in recovering compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
Dog Owners Are Liable in Most Dog Bite Injury Cases
Florida’s dog bite law holds the dog owner accountable for the dog’s actions. There are exceptions if it can be proven that:
- The dog bite victim provoked the dog.
- The owner displays, in a prominent place on their property, an easily readable sign that warns visitors they may be at risk for a dog bite.
We will take the time to investigate your case and determine whether the dog owner violated any provisions of Florida’s dog bite law.
Dog Owners Held Responsible for Injuries to Young Children
Florida presumes children under the age of six do not have the capability of committing contributory negligence. Therefore, in cases where a dog attacks a child under the age of six, the law holds the owner responsible for the dog’s action.
If your young child suffered a dog bite, call us today at 1-800-747-3733 to discuss how we can help you pursue compensation for your child’s injury.
Our Legal Team Will Investigate the Facts of Your Case
Florida’s comparative fault law recognizes that when an incident like a dog bite or dog attack occurs, negligence may have occurred on both sides of the event. When both parties share liability for the incident, the state reduces the total amount of compensation the injured person receives by his or her percentage of fault.
For example, if the injured party’s damages total $20,000 and he is found to be 10 percent at fault for causing the dog bite, he would recover $18,000 in damages.
While this law presents an opportunity for the opposing party to claim the injured party contributed to his or her own injuries, we do not allow such allegations to deter us from making our clients whole again.
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your case and fight to recover maximum compensation for your dog bite injury.
We Will Gather Evidence for Your Dog Bite Injury Claim
Our legal team maintains high investigative standards. In past dog bite and dog attack cases, our investigative team has collected the following types of evidence:
- Police reports establish when and where the dog bite or attack took place and who was involved.
- Animal control officers’ reports establish whether or not the dog was considered dangerous before the incident.
- Photographs of our clients’ injuries demonstrate their location and severity.
- Medical records express the nature and extent of the injury and spell out the treatment plan the victim must follow to achieve full recovery.
- Eyewitness statements offer details about how the dog bite or attack occurred and can help to corroborate our client’s explanation of the incident. Witness statements must be gathered soon after an incident to avoid the witness becoming unavailable or forgetting critical details about the event.
- Citations offer insight into whether or not the dog owner had violated any local animal control ordinances.
Filing and Negotiating Your Personal Injury Claim
The dog owner’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy generally covers dog bite injuries. A dog bite lawyer in Lauderhill, FL at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will handle all communication with the dog owner’s insurer and pursue full compensation for your injuries and losses. To learn more, call us at 1-800-747-3733.
Determining Damages for Your Dog Bite Injury
The most common type of recoverable damages in dog bite injury cases include:
Medical expenses include your hospital bills, doctor’s visits, plastic or reconstructive surgery costs, prescription medication costs, and on-going care.
Lost wages are the earnings, bonuses, commissions, and other financial losses you sustain because you are not able to work.
Pain and suffering
Pain and suffering include non-economic damages such as disfigurement and the physical pain and emotional distress you suffer as a result of the dog bite.
Florida Sets a Timeline to File a Personal Injury Claim
Under Florida’s Statute of Limitations, you have four years to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against a party who harmed you or your loved one. The statutory “clock” begins to tick from the date of your dog bite injury. If you do not file a claim in time, you forfeit your right to recover compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial losses.
Let Us Help You with Your Dog Bite Injury Case
If a dog bit or attack you or a loved, a personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will help you file a claim against the dog owner. We offer our legal services on contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay us a fee unless and until you receive compensation.
Call us now at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a free legal consultation.