At Morgan & Morgan, our dog bite attorneys understand the specifics of local dog bite law that could potentially make it more difficult to recover compensation. This gives us a distinct advantage over other firms who don’t have the same understanding of specific dog bite laws. Our attorneys know how to avoid those pitfalls and give you a better chance of being compensated for your damages.
There are approximately two people killed by dog bites each year in Florida, and more than 600 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health. Painful, frightening, and often serious, a dog bite in Florida requires rapid medical and legal attention.
Understanding Your Rights After a Dog Bite in Tavares
In Florida, the law generally holds dog owners responsible for injury and damage caused by their dogs.
The dog bite law includes the following:
If you are bitten in the house of on someone else’s property, they can be held responsible for payment if you are attacked by their dog. When you are bitten while in a public place, or lawfully on private property, the owner of the dog is liable.
If you trespass on property, or behave in a way that contributes to an attack by a dog, a court may hold you liable for a percentage of your injury. This includes teasing, taunting, or tormenting a dog.
Unless the victim is under the age of six, a dog owner might not be held liable if there was a prominent, easily visible sign warning of a bad, dangerous, or attack dog on the premises.
The pet owner is liable whether the dog bites or attacks a person, or the property of others, such as livestock.
We Can Help You Get Compensation for a Dog Bite or Attack
When you suffer losses from a dog bite, you may need a rapid legal response to cope with mounting medical bills, especially if your injury prevents you from working.
In Tavares, our dog bite attorneys support your claim through the following:
Investigation: Dog bite cases require immediate attention. Animal bites must be reported and dogs quarantined if the dog has not been vaccinated for rabies. We evaluate the location of the attack, licensing, and prior dangerous dog behavior, and gather appropriate evidence and photographs to secure and support your claim.
Information: Morgan & Morgan attorneys work closely with you, keeping tabs on your injury and its severity to see how you are healing. Often, this involves going through medical records, which can be used as additional evidence in your favor.
Negotiation & Litigation: We are skilled settlement negotiators and trial lawyers. That means that we’re willing to go the extra mile in trying to get you a higher settlement if we feel you deserve it, and we’re able to take your case to trial. We are willing to do what it takes to get you what you need, and we want to make sure your case is satisfactorily closed. Physical injury from a dog bite can be extensive, and long-term medical care may be necessary.
In the event of a dog bite, common injuries include:
- Laceration and puncture wounds;
- Blood loss;
- Nerve damage, loss of sensation, or loss of function;
- Disfiguring scars;
- Broken or crushed bones from attack or fall; and
- Emotional trauma.
In the most tragic cases, permanent disability or death can result from a dog attack.
Contact Our Attorneys After a Dog Attack in Tavares
At the Morgan & Morgan office in Tavares, we offer experienced and knowledgeable legal representation when you or a loved one suffers a dog bite in Florida. We also won’t charge you anything unless we win your case, so there is no upfront cost to you for hiring an attorney.
If you sustained a dog bite due to a person’s negligence, we can help. To learn more about how our Tavares dog bite attorneys may be able to help you, please fill out our free case evaluation form today.