Dog Bites / Animal Attacks

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Dog Bite and Animal Attack Lawyer

Dog bites and animal attacks are traumatic. Along with the physical damage in the form of puncture wounds and scarring often comes mental pain and suffering. Florida is a “strict liability” state, which means that the court can find a dog owner liable even without any intent to harm or negligence. 

If you have suffered an injury because of a dog bite or animal attack, it’s important to know that you have options.  This doesn’t only apply to a “bite” or “attack”.  If a friendly dog runs over to you to play and knocks you down causing injuries, or jumps on you while greeting you and causes injuries, you may still have a claim. 

What Should I Do If a Dog Has Bitten Me?

If a dog has injured you, the first thing you should do is call 911. Even if you don’t think your injury is severe, it’s crucial to call and file a report. Request a copy of that report once it becomes available. 

Shock and adrenaline will usually kick in after dog attacks. The full extent of your injuries might not be apparent until hours or even days later. With that in mind, you should seek medical attention immediately. If possible and safe to do so, take pictures of the injuries you suffered, the location of the attack, and the dog itself. 

Once you’ve done all of this, you should contact a personal injury law firm. Do not sign any papers or agreements from the dog owner or the insurance company.

What Does Florida Law Say About Dog Bites?

Florida’s strict liability laws ensure that pet owners are liable for their animal’s behavior. Even if their dog had never bitten or hurt anyone before or they had no reason to believe that their dog could or would bite someone, the owner remains liable. 

Dog bites can lead to a host of serious issues and injuries, such as: 

  • Time off from work
  • Crushing medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional and mental trauma
  • Lacerations and puncture wounds
  • Traumatic brain and head injuries
  • Spinal cord damage and broken bones
  • Death 

What Damages Can I Qualify For?

Given the severe injuries, disfigurement, and even death that can come with an animal attack, victims can qualify for damages under Florida law. Among these, you may be able to receive compensation for the following: 

  • Any lost wages or compensation for work that you missed out on because of the attack
  • Any future lost income that you would have received (if the dog bite impairs your earning capacity)
  • Any costs for medical treatment that you might need, including care after settlement of your claim, surgery, physical therapy, and counseling
  • Any damages for mental distress or pain and suffering, especially in the case of a permanent disfigurement because of the attack or bite 

The amount you may receive depends on the severity of the injury or injuries.

Do I Need Legal Help for a Dog Bite or Animal Attack?

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog bite or other animal attack, it’s imperative that you contact a skilled and experienced attorney right away. Even if the injury seems minor, it’s best to err on the side of caution and get the help you need. 

An injury attorney will seek to recover any and all damages to which you may be entitled. They will also be able to present your case in court if needed.

Zweben Law Group in Florida Can Help

Whether you’re dealing with a minor injury or a severe disfigurement resulting from an animal attack, our team is here for you. Get in touch with a Florida injury firm that can help. Contact us at Zweben Law Group in Stuart, FL, at 772-223-5454 today to schedule a FREE initial consultation.

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