Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
Dog Bite Personal Injury Attorney, Markeishia L. Smith: Serving Winter Haven, Lakeland, Bartow, Haines City, Polk County, and Central Florida.
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If you are injured by a dog bite or attack, you should know that the State of Florida has strict liability laws for dog and pet owners. The laws are clear. If an unprovoked dog or pet attacks an individual, the pet owner will almost always be held liable for your injuries.
Injuries may vary from a simple bite or scratch to severe injuries, that can even include nerve or muscular damage. Dog bites or attacks can often involve multiple surgeries, physical therapy, lost wages due to missed time from work, and even a long-term or permanent diminished quality of life. Florida law allows a dog bite or animal attack victim to seek compensation for all of these factors that may apply to their specific case. In the even the dog attack directly results in the untimely death of the victim, a wrongful death case may be brought against the dog or pet owner.
If you are the victim of a dog bite or attack, we urge you to document everything. Take pictures or video of your injuries. Take pictures or video of the dog or pet in question and the dog or pets surroundings.
Many pet owners and their insurance carriers will try to dispute the attack, claiming that you provoked the dog or pet. This is a tactic often used to try to absolve the pet owner from liability. Interviewing witnesses and neighbors regarding the temperament and their encounters with the pet in question will help solidify your case, thus taking erroneous claims of provocation out of the equation.
If you have questions regarding your Dog Bite Personal Injury legal needs, contact our office.