Work with our Florida dog bite lawyers to receive compensation. Eltringham Law Group represents dog bite victims to seek monetary payment for injuries and suffering.
If you have been hurt by a dog, contact our injury lawyers. See what your options are and begin your case today.
Lawyers in Florida for Dog Bite Victims
Dog bite injuries can be serious and very often need medical attention. Dog attacks can require missing work and result in significant pain. Sometimes, a dog bite can be life-changing due to the severity of the injuries inflicted in the attack.
When you need legal assistance, our lawyers can assist you. We can determine your legal options, calculate the value of your case and pursue your compensation.
Call or message us today for your consultation and to start your case.
Resolving dog bite claims for our clients
Many dog bite claims are settled through insurance. For example, many homeowner insurance policies have dog bite coverage. The owner may be a friend or family member. Know that it may be possible to get compensation even if the injury occurred on the property of someone you know and without taking them to court.
Our representation is personalized for your situation. Contact us today to learn more and see how our lawyers can represent you.
Types of Dog Bite Injuries
- Cuts, lacerations, and bruises
- Scars, disfigurement
- Permanent loss of movement in a hand or other limb
- Paralysis, nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Wrongful death
Dog bite injuries range from minor to extremely serious. Compensation is based, in part, on the severity of your injuries and the way that they impact your life.
Representing adults and children
Sadly, many dog bite victims are children. For example, we have had way too many cases where children were viciously attacked by the family dog while on a play date with a school friend. Our lawyers represent both children and adults who have suffered injury from a dog bite.
Dog Bite Laws in Florida
Florida has strict liability for many dog bite cases. The dog owner doesn’t get one “free bite” under the dog bite statute. So if you’re bit by your neighbor’s dog in Florida, you don’t have to prove that their dog has bitten someone before. This means it could be easier to collect under Florida’s dog bite statute than in other states.
Florida’s dog bite law is Florida Statutes § 767.04. It says that a dog owner is liable for damages to a person that the dog has bitten. Comparative negligence (contributory fault on the part of the victim) applies only under very limited circumstances where the victim intentionally provoked the dog or ignored a posted “bad dog” warning sign when they entered the dog owner’s property. Absent those special circumstances, the dog owner is 100% liable for any injuries sustained in a dog attack.
Liability for a dog bite in Florida may be based on the following:
- Strict liability, in violation of Florida dog, bite law § 767.04
- Negligence, or a lack of reasonable care
- Negligence per se, like violating leash laws or allowing the dog to roam
- Intentional conduct, like encouraging biting or aggressive behaviors
Our lawyers look at all legal theories and options that may be applicable in your case.
Compensation Available for a Dog Bite Victim
Your dog bite case may be worth more than you think. The compensation you receive may include payments for:
- Emergency medical bills
- Follow-up medical care
- Medical supplies like dressing and wraps
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Mental health damages
- Loss of income
- Lifestyle changes
- Physical disfigurement and scars
A dog bite injury impacts you in physical, financial, and emotional ways. What you receive should reflect the different types of losses. Our lawyers know how to value cases, and we work to ensure you don’t receive too little.
Dog Bite Lawsuit FAQs
Can I sue for a dog bite in Florida?
Florida has dog bite laws that are favorable to victims. If you’re bitten by a dog owned by someone else, and you were not trespassing at the time, there is a good chance that you can sue.
What kind of lawyer do I need for a dog bite in Florida?
The kind of lawyer you need for a dog bite in Florida is an injury lawyer. At Eltringham Law Group, we specialize in helping victims who are hurt in Florida and beyond. We can handle your dog bite case.
How much can you get for a dog bite in Florida?
How much you can get for a dog bite depends on several factors – the extent of your injuries, their impact on your life, the legal liability of the owner, and insurance policies can all impact how much you can get.
How our Experienced Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help You
- Guidance with what you can do right now to help your case
- Investigation of what occurred and your right to claim a payment
- Preservation and building of evidence
- Exploring opportunities to collect payment like insurance policies
- Starting your case, filing legal paperwork
- Pursuing your legal strategy and your case
- Negotiations, presenting your case at trial
- Guiding you through the legal process
Consultations Available – Talk to Us Today
At Eltringham Law Group, we know why we do what we do. Unexpected injuries can inflict devastating pain and financial hardship. Our team of professionals seek justice.
Contact us for a consultation. We are accepting new dog bite cases today.