According to the Centers for Disease Control, 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year.
While some bites are minor, others result in broken bones, concussions, lacerations, permanent scarring and even death.
Dog bites can be traumatic, costly and cause psychological damage.
According to Florida law, if you are bitten by a dog you are entitled to compensation, even if the owner didn’t know the dog had aggressive tendencies or the owner did nothing wrong.
You can also take legal action if the owner was negligent, for example, ignoring a leash law or a rule requiring their dog to be restrained.
Homeowner’s and renter’s insurance often cover the damages of a dog bite that happens on the owner’s property. Automobile insurance may cover them if the bite occurred in the owner’s vehicle.
It’s a bad idea to deal with the owner’s insurance company by yourself. You are likely to be offered a low-ball figure far less than what an expert dog bite attorney could get for you.
A dog bite attorney working on your behalf will review any settlement offer to ensure you are getting adequate compensation.
If your attorney determines that the offer is unfair, the case can be brought to court and heard by a jury who will decide your compensation. Your compensation will be reduced if the jury deems that you contributed to the situation: for instance, you taunted the dog or threatened the owner.
Litigating a dog bite case can be complex. Factors include any involvement you had in the incident, the dog owner’s responsibilities and compliance with state and local law, the dog’s temperament and history of aggression, the location of the attack and if any signs were posted.
Do not wait. Call The Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard right away to preserve your rights.
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