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Getting What You Deserve After A Dog Bite

Being injured by a dog bite isn’t one of the first kinds of accidents that people think of when they think of a personal injury lawsuit, but the reality is that being bitten by a dog could carry very long recovery periods and leave you struggling to heal physically and mentally. No matter the specifics around your dog bite, you could have a legal case for compensation. Our team will fight to get you what you are owed and ensure that you are able to heal properly.

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Dog Bite Lawyer

We fight to make sure that our clients are compensated for their injuries, including dog bite injuries.

Dog Bite Fault Basics

According to Florida law, a dog owner is responsible for ensuring the safety of those around their dogs.

There are a few basic points to pay attention to here. These include the following:

  • Dog owners are responsible for their dog’s
    actions in any public place
  • Dog owners could be liable for bites that occur
    on their own property in some instances
  • A dog owner will be liable regardless of knowledge or
    lack of knowledge about the dog’s temperament

In short, if you are bit by a dog, there is a very strong possibility that you will be owed compensation for your injuries. Proving fault can be a challenge, of course, and in order to ensure that you are able to get the compensation that you deserve it is important to trust in a professional lawyer.

In order to prove fault, our team may use steps including:

  • Surveillance footage
  • Witness statements
  • Medical records
  • Past complaints
  • And more

Structuring your case begins with proving fault, and while Florida’s dog bite laws make it easier to prove liability than some other forms of premises liability, there are still very real challenges and it’s common for the other side to do all they can to avoid paying you a dime. Our lawyers have decades of experience in getting our clients the most from their case – including in a dog bite injury case. We’ll stand up for the injured and get them what they deserve.

What About Comparative Negligence?

Florida is a comparative negligence state. This means that in many personal injury lawsuits, each person’s fault is considered when determining a settlement amount. For example, if a jury finds that you are actually 25% to blame for an injury you sustain, you could receive only 75% of the total damages normally awarded in a case.

Some examples of what could be used to show that you are to blame as well in an accident include the following.

  • If you provoked the dog in any way
  • Failing to adhere to warning signs about the dog’s temperament
  • Ignoring clear instruction given by the dog’s owner

Essentially, if you did anything that could have contributed to the accident, you may be at fault to some degree. This will need to be considered when filing your claim and also when seeking a settlement agreement.

Our legal team understands the challenges associated with comparative negligence, and we fight to make sure that you get the amount that you deserve even if you are partially to blame for your injuries. It’s easy to be taken advantage of in cases such as this, and we don’t let it happen to you.

What About Worker’s Compensation and Dog Bites? 

There are many professions in Florida that could put you at risk of being bitten by a dog. Some examples include:

  • Mail carriers and postal workers
  • Delivery service workers
  • Service workers who visit properties to perform their duties
  • And more

Essentially, if you are working in a field that gives you an implied invitation to enter the premises and are on someone’s property legally, you could have the ground to file a worker’s compensation claim.

This is because you are injured while performing your day to day job duties, and as such your injuries could be covered under worker’s comp. This provides compensation to cover all of your medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs related to the accident.

However, it’s also important to remember that even if you file a worker’s compensation claim, you could still seek additional compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. A worker’s comp claim may not cover all of your long-term future expenses, and those responsible for your injuries could still owe you restitution. Our lawyers will review your case and determine what rights you have, then help get you the money that you deserve.

What Am I Owed?

Determining just what you are owed in a personal injury dog bite lawsuit isn’t always as easy as you might think. Often, the injured are offered settlement amounts far less than they really deserve. A fair settlement will help return you to the point you would have been in had the accident never occurred. This can include factors like:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills and future potential medical bills
  • Compensation for loss of earning potential if seriously injured
  • Pain and suffering

If your injuries are very severe, your expenses could be far more than you realize. It’s vital that you don’t accept settlement offers that are less than you deserve. Our lawyers fight to make sure that you get the most from your case and that you are able to receive compensation that allows you to make a full recovery.

Lawyers That Fight For You 
You shouldn’t be left shouldering huge amounts of financial burdens following an accident, and when you’re bitten by a dog we understand how difficult it can be to recover fully.

The other side often uses tactics like:

  • Bullying you
  • Refusing to pay
  • Offering lowball settlements
  • Stalling payment
  • And more

They do all of this knowing that you are hurt and struggling to recover physically and financially. Their bottom line is all that matters, and they’ll bully anyone to make sure that it’s protected.

Our attorneys don’t let this happen. We stand up for the injured, not the powerful. We have decades of experience handling personal injury law, and every year we get millions for our clients. And since we handle everything, you don’t have to worry about anything at all during the process of getting you your money. This lets you focus on your physical health instead of on money, so you can heal and move on.

If you’ve been injured by a dog, our lawyers are here and ready to make sure that you get the compensation you’re owed. You don’t pay a dime until we get you the restitution you deserve, and we’re always ready to fight for those who are hurt.

The lawyers of Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh have the firm belief that for the injured, getting justice pays.

The Importance of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Dog Bite Incident in Florida The Importance of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Dog Bite Incident in Florida

Experiencing a dog bite incident can be traumatizing, and the last thing you need is the stress of dealing with a legal battle. Unfortunately, despite a clear attribution of blame to the dog, securing rightful compensation can be an arduous task.

Engaging a lawyer well-versed in the legal system can significantly ease this process. At Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh, we’re committed to guiding you through the legal maze, tirelessly working to resolve your injury claim successfully.

Our Florida personal injury attorneys will:

  • Investigate the dog’s history and determine any prior signs of aggressiveness.
  • Communicate with witnesses who can substantiate the dog’s prior behavior.
  • Evaluate the dog owner’s conduct to verify whether appropriate measures were taken to control the dog.
  • Collaborate with medical professionals to establish a fair valuation of your injury costs.
  • Negotiate with insurance companies that often aim to undermine the claim value by assigning blame to you or your child.

The laws surrounding dog bite cases in Florida can be complex, especially when insurance companies become involved. Insurance providers often resist offering compensation, even if it’s clearly justified. Thus, if you or your child have been injured by a dog bite, schedule a free consultation with us today. Your first step to safeguard your legal rights is just a phone call away.


How Common Are Dog Bites in Florida? How Common Are Dog Bites in Florida?

According to the CDC, approximately 4.5 million dog bite incidents occur in the United States each year, indicating the commonality of such incidents. While most dogs are not a threat, the significant number of dog bites highlights the potential risk.

In the worst scenarios, dog bite injuries can prove fatal. In fact, children, who often do not fully understand the unpredictability of dogs, are more likely to suffer from dog bite injuries.


Understanding Florida’s Dog Bite Laws Understanding Florida’s Dog Bite Laws

Florida adopts a mixed approach in its dog bite laws, encompassing aspects of strict liability and negligence principles. If a dog bites you in Florida, the owner can be held strictly liable for your medical expenses. This implies you don’t need to prove the owner was negligent to claim your medical costs.

Further, you may be entitled to additional compensation if:

  • The owner’s negligence in managing the dog led to the bite.
  • The owner knew or reasonably should have known that the dog was potentially dangerous.
  • Various factors can establish the owner’s awareness of the dog’s aggressive tendencies, including the dog’s history of fighting with other animals, previous growling or baring of teeth, use of a muzzle, and any prior complaints regarding the dog.
  • Strict Liability: Florida operates under a “strict liability” dog bite law, found in Florida statute 767.04. This means that a dog’s owner is liable if their dog bites someone, even if the owner had no prior knowledge of the dog being dangerous. The dog owner is responsible regardless of the dog’s past behavior, essentially meaning “no free bite” rule in Florida.
  • Owner Liability: The dog owner is responsible for damages to the person bitten if the person is in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the owner’s property.
  • Negligence Claims: In addition to strict liability, Florida law allows dog bite victims to pursue claims based on negligence. This means that if an owner failed to exercise reasonable care in controlling their dog, and that negligence led to your injuries, you could have a viable claim.
  • Possible Defenses: Florida’s dog bite statute allows for a degree of owner defense. If the dog bite victim was over six years old and the owner had displayed a “Bad Dog” sign or similar warning, the owner’s liability may be reduced if the bite occurred on the owner’s property. However, this defense doesn’t apply if the owner was negligent or if the victim is under six years old.
  • Comparative Negligence: In some cases, the victim’s actions may have contributed to the dog bite. Florida operates under a comparative negligence rule, which could reduce the amount of compensation the victim receives in proportion to their degree of fault.
  • Damage Recovery: Victims of dog bites can potentially recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
  • Importance of Legal Counsel: Navigating the legal landscape following a dog bite incident can be complex. Engaging a skilled lawyer who is familiar with Florida’s dog bite law can help ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive fair compensation.

Recognizing The Seriousness Of A Dog Bite Injury Recognizing The Seriousness Of A Dog Bite Injury

Dog bite incidents can result in a range of injuries that extend far beyond the initial wound. The attack could cause the victim to fall, potentially leading to severe injuries, particularly in the case of younger victims.

There are also instances where the bite wound itself becomes infected, necessitating comprehensive and painful treatments.

At our Florida law firm, we extend our services to dog bite victims suffering from a spectrum of injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Infections
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Injuries to the back and neck
  • Crush injuries
  • Puncture wounds
  • Soft tissue trauma
  • Amputations
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death

We understand that recovery from any injury can be both physically and emotionally taxing. If you’re finding it challenging to cope and are seeking further information, our lawyers are available to visit you at the hospital or your home. Call us today to set up a free consultation and discuss the potential options in your case.

Who Can Be Held Liable For Dog Bite Injuries? Who Can Be Held Liable For Dog Bite Injuries?

While the owner of a dangerous dog can usually be held responsible, sometimes other parties might share in the blame. At Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh, will put in the work necessary to find out who could have prevented the dog bite. That might include:

  • Landlords
  • Dog walkers
  • Pet sitters
  • Property owners
  • The dog’s owner