Dog Bite Injuries Can Prompt Personal Injury Claims
People love their pets. Kind, loving dogs may even be treated as members of a family. But there are times when dogs can be dangerous. Some animals attack people. Dog bites can be unexpected, painful, and lead to medical expenses. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 1 in 5 people who sustain dog bite injuries will need medical care.
If you or someone you love is recovering from a dog bite injury, a seasoned Florida personal injury lawyer can help. There can be many different types of injuries from an animal attack, including abrasions, punctures, nerve damage, broken bones, and more. Generally speaking, there is by statute, strict liability for dog bites in Florida, with a few exceptions. Even when strict liability does not apply and it is necessary to establish negligence, compensation may still be possible.
See a Doctor and Connect with an Attorney
It is important to seek medical attention after an animal attack. When a doctor assesses your injuries, they can develop the best treatment plan for you. In addition, while it is rare, rabies infection can happen through animal bites. Rabies can be transmitted through animal saliva and, when it happens, the issue needs to be treated and resolved immediately. Rabies, while rare, can be life-threatening.
Plus, seeing a doctor will strengthen your personal injury claim if you choose to move toward compensation after a dog bite. The following are all helpful in strengthening a personal injury claim.
- Record the name and contact numbers of the dog owner
- Contact police and file a report
- Have your injuries assessed by a medical professional immediately
- Document your injuries with photographs
- Discuss the situation with a lawyer, have your attorney talk to insurance adjusters.
Having a seasoned personal injury lawyer negotiating with an insurance company can help a victim avoid a settlement that is too small. A professional knows that there are many expenses to total up, it is not as simple as settling one doctor fee. There can be physical therapy expenses, plastic surgery fees and lost income, for example.
Compensation for a Clearwater, Hudson or Tampa Dog Bite
Whether your dog bite injury happened in Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa, the lawyers at Roman & Roman can help. With over 100 years of combined experience, Roman & Roman attorneys know how to negotiate with insurance companies and when to take a case to court.
For example, if the dog who attacked you was a pet of a family member or friend, you may be hesitant to file a claim because you do not want to put financial pressure on an individual you care for. But, there are often paths to compensation through insurance company claims. If the negligent animal owner has homeowners insurance and the attack happened on their property, you could be compensated through their policy, not through their individual checking account.
Have you been bitten by a dog in Florida? Talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible to strengthen your case. When another is negligent, you are not responsible for all of the fees connected to an accident. With over 100 years of combined experience, the personal injury lawyer at Roman & Roman to understand your rights. Schedule your free consultation today in Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa.