How a Lawyer Can Help You After a Dog Bite in Florida

While most dog bites are not life-threatening, the trauma of a bite can cause lingering physical and psychological issues, which naturally increase with the severity of the bite.

Horrific examples abound of children and adults who have been disfigured by dog bites, but even a simple bite that seems minor can become infected and require serious medical care.

At Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore, your dog bite injury lawyer understands the trauma that a dog attack can cause, and we are dedicated to helping dog bite victims recover compensation for their injuries.

If a dog bite has injured you, we have the experience to evaluate your case and decide how to proceed so that you can make a full recovery.

Areas We Serve

Our dog attack lawyers are based in Tampa; however, we serve clients throughout the state, including in the following cities:

  • Clearwater
  • St. Petersburg
  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • Bradenton
  • Key West
  • Brandon
  • Orlando
  • Sarasota
  • Boca Raton
  • Lakeland
  • Naples
  • Fort Myers
  • Cape Coral
  • Miami
  • West Palm Beach
  • Jacksonville

Understanding Florida Dog Bite Laws and Lawsuits

Before you can get compensation in a dog bite lawsuit, you will need to prove a few elements. You must demonstrate negligence or liability on the part of the dog owner, and you must show that you sustained damages and injuries.

Examples of Negligence in Dog Bite Cases

Examples of negligence may include:

  • Not leashing the dog in areas with leash laws
  • Failing to properly contain the dog with a secure fence or enclosure
  • Leaving the dog unattended in a public place
  • Ignoring prior signs of aggression in the dog and failing to take corrective measures

There is no “one bite rule” or “one bite law” in Florida, which might allow a dog to bite once before an owner is responsible for their actions. Florida’s dog bite statute is based on strict liability, meaning the owner is automatically at fault if their dog bites someone else and they were negligent.

Damages in Dog Attack Cases

Dog bite victims can get compensation from dog owners or anyone who had control over the dog, including a doggie daycare, vet, dog sitter, or other party. You may be able to get money for economic and non-economic damages after a serious dog attack.

Economic Damages

Your dog bite accident lawyer can help you determine the maximum value of your claim, which will include economic damages linked to out-of-pocket monetary expenses. Some examples of economic damages that you may have include:

  •  Medical bills and treatment costs, including ambulance rides
  • Lost wages
  • Home health care services
  • Property damage
  • Cost of future medical care
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • The death of a loved one

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages can also be recovered if you have permanent injuries. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and more.

Additionally, if your loved one died due to a fatal dog bite injury, then you can seek wrongful death damages as well. It’s important to speak with a Tampa dog bite lawyer if you have questions about your loved one’s fatal dog attack claim.

Injured by a Dog Bite in Tampa? Call WMW Today.

You should see a doctor immediately after a dog bite, even if you don’t think the wound is bad. Dogs have dangerous bacteria in their mouths that can lead to serious infections and permanent injuries.

When you’re able, contact a dog bite attorney who can guide you through the legal claims process so you can get the money you need to move forward with life.

At WMW, our experienced Tampa dog bite lawyers will listen to your story and determine what you need to recover. Our understanding of Florida dog bite laws and advocacy on your behalf will help you get a dog bite settlement or court verdict that will cover your damages.

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