Dog Bite Claims in Florida | What You Need to Know

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Few things are more frightening than being attacked by a dog. Unfortunately, dog attacks are not uncommon here in Florida. If you’ve recently been attacked by a dog, you should continue reading and reach out to our experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorneys to learn more about dog bite claims in Florida and how we can help guide you through the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What constitutes a valid dog bite claim in the state of Florida?

If you were recently attacked by a dog, you are most likely looking to hold the dog owner accountable. Not only will doing so help you receive the compensation you need to heal, but it may also prevent the dog from attacking others in the future. That said, a person can only win a dog bite claim on certain conditions. To win a dog bite injury claim, you will have to prove that you were either lawfully on private property, such as being at a friend’s house as a guest, or that you were on public property when the attack occurred. You should note, however, that if the dog owner can prove that you were trespassing on private property, ignored a “Bad Dog” sign, or that you teased the dog or otherwise provoked the attack in some way, you may not have a valid personal injury claim.

What should I do if I am attacked by a dog?

When someone is attacked by a dog, they are oftentimes stunned, seriously injured, and unable to do anything other than await the arrival of law enforcement. That being said, if you are attacked by a dog and are physically capable of taking a few critical steps, you should do so. First, you should call the police, who will send an ambulance to the scene. You should then ask the dog owner for his or her contact information. You should also get the contact information of anyone who saw the incident occur. Take pictures of your injuries, and once you’re treated in a hospital, keep a copy of all medical documentation regarding your injuries. If you were seriously injured and believe the attack was not your fault, you should also speak with an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney who can fight for the financial compensation you need to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and any other damages you’ve sustained.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.