Recovering Compensation After a Dog Bite in Florida

Most people love dogs. They’re smart, entertaining, loyal, and, perhaps most importantly, they return the love we give. Unfortunately, certain dogs are either born with a nasty streak, have owners who failed to train them properly, or, in the worst cases, were downright abused by their owners. Whatever the case may be, if you are bitten by a dog, the injuries you’ve sustained are most likely severe, which is why you are now looking into recovering financial compensation. Please read on and speak with our experienced attorneys to learn more about what you can do to recover compensation.

What injuries are most commonly sustained in dog attacks?

Certain breeds of dogs are surprisingly strong and athletic, and when they catch a human off-guard with an attack, the following injuries can occur:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Permanent scarring
  • Lacerations
  • Deep cuts and bruises
  • Broken bones

Can I sue a dog owner if I was bitten by his or her dog?

In short, the answer in most cases is yes. For example, if you were bitten by a dog while either in a public place or while you were lawfully in a private place, there is a very good chance you will be entitled to financial compensation. However, if you were bitten because you were either trespassing, taunting the dog, or acted negligently otherwise, you will most likely be denied your right to compensation. For instance, if a dog owner has a prominently-displayed sign to the effect of “Beware of Dog,” placed on his or her property and you enter anyway, the owner or dog may not be considered liable for your injuries–unless the victim was under the age of six years old.

What should I do after a dog attack?

After a dog attack, the first thing you should do is call 911. The police will report the incident and you will be taken to receive medical treatment. Here, a physician will provide you with medical documentation, which you may use to prove your claim. You should also hire a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, as he or she will gather and present evidence, such as security camera footage, in the most effective way possible. If you are seeking compensation to help you get back on your feet, reach out to our firm today.

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.