DOG BITE INJURY
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It doesn’t matter if it’s a 3 pound Chihuahua or a 130-pound Mastiff; dog bites are serious injuries with long-term physical trauma.
Most of us love dogs. Whether we’re pet owners ourselves, or we enjoy watching cute dog videos after a stressful day. However, sometimes dogs in our presence can become aggressive and bite. Each day about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for serious dog bite injuries.
Seeking compensation for dog bite claims can be tricky, especially when you’re not working with a qualified attorney to navigate this difficult situation. In Florida, there’s a special law that deals with damage resulting from dog bites. Florida Code Section 767.04 notes that: “The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness.”
What this means is that dog owners are responsible for all bite incidents. At Loutos Law Firm, we seek the maximum compensation for your dog bite claim. Our firm’s promise? We will not settle for anything less than what you deserve.
Who Is At Fault For A Dog Bite?
If you are the victim of a dog bite injury and are seeking compensation for losses, you may wish to take legal action against the dog’s owner. In certain cases, however, there may also be others who are culpable for your injuries. When a dog attack happens on a rental property, for example, the landlord could be held legally liable in the case that the property owner knew about the dangerous dog and allowed it to run free. Your chances of being fully compensated for all damages the dog incurs may increase if you take legal action against both the property and the dog owner.
Keep in mind that when you make a claim against a property owner or dog owner, the individual usually doesn’t pay those costs out of pocket. Renter’s insurance and homeowner’s insurance generally covers the cost of dog bite claims, which means if you were bitten by a dog belonging to a neighbor who’s a friend, you shouldn’t hesitate to take legal action. Insurance is there to cover your costs and losses.
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Consult With A Dog Bite Attorney
While you are entitled to compensation after a dog bite under the law, it is your responsibility to pursue your claim. Insurance companies, dog owners, and landlords are often unwilling to accept fault and pay your compensation. Even if an insurer doesn’t deny your legitimate claim, they will exert immense pressure on you to settle the claim for much less than the claim is worth. Insurance companies are always looking to pay the least amount possible to keep their profit margins high. You need as much help as possible on your side when attempting to get an insurer to compensate you fairly for a dog bite, particularly if you’ve undergone severe injuries that require expensive plastic surgery or other costly treatment. You should be paid for damages and you need an experienced dog bite attorney to help you navigate the legal minefield.