If you or a loved one suffered a recent dog bite in Melbourne, FL, you can recover damages. However, our firm may be able to negotiate or sue on your behalf for additional damages. Our team understands personal injury law and Florida dog bite laws very well, so you’ll benefit from having one of our lawyers negotiate or sue for you.
During a free consultation, we’ll tell you more about recovering compensation for your dog bite. We’ll also tell you about working with your Melbourne dog bite lawyer.
Can I Get Compensation for a Dog Bite in Florida?
As a victim of a dog bite, you definitely deserve compensation, and since Florida has such strict liability laws, you can get your compensation from the dog’s owner. Their homeowners insurance or possibly their pet liability insurance can compensate you.
However, you’ll have to file a claim against the insurance company and negotiate with them for a settlement. Also, the insurer likely won’t offer to compensate you for your intangible damages, like your physical pain and suffering, so you’ll likely have to demand these damages. You’ll also have to demand fair values for your intangible damages.
Instead, you can let a personal injury lawyer from our firm file the claim, negotiate for your settlement, demand your damages, and insist on fair compensation for you. Since our lawyers have so much experience doing these things, your lawyer may be able to recover a settlement including such damages as:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional trauma due to your injuries or the incident
- Medical bills, including bills for any physical therapy or assistive care you may need
- Lost income, as well as any loss in your income-earning capacity
- Impairment or disability caused by nerve damage
- Wrongful death damages, such as loss of spousal support and loss of parental support, if you lost a loved one due to a fatal dog attack
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Can You Sue for a Dog Bite in Florida?
You and your Melbourne dog bite lawyer may have to take your case beyond an insurance claim to get your compensation. If the insurer does not offer an adequate settlement, we can continue with a lawsuit. Even if you think your case does not need to go to court, acting quickly is in your best interest. Many cases do not need to go to trial, but we like to be prepared in case they do.
In the event that wo do pursue a lawsuit, please note that you have a limited time to act. This deadline is no more than two years of the date of an incident, per Florida Statutes § 95.11. It’s important to meet this deadline so you can preserve your right to sue, so do not delay in reaching out to us.
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How Do You Negotiate a Dog Bite Settlement or Verdict in Florida?
Together, you and your lawyer will decide whether to file a claim or a lawsuit for your compensation. Afterwards, your lawyer will negotiate your settlement or verdict for you.
If you and your lawyer decide to file a claim, your lawyer will demand all of your due damages (and their fair value), including any damages the insurer typically doesn’t compensate for. The insurer might claim their client, the dog owner, isn’t liable for your damages, but your lawyer can argue their client is liable because of Florida’s strict liability laws. Your lawyer can even threaten to sue the client and the insurer, if necessary.
If your lawyer has to sue the dog owner for your damages, or if you and your lawyer initially decided to file a lawsuit instead of a claim, your lawyer will fight for your damages from a judge. Before taking your case to court, if your lawyer needs any corroborating evidence for your case, your lawyer can refer to experts, like a professional dog trainer. Such experts can provide invaluable court testimony for your case.
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About Our Melbourne Dog Bite Lawyers
Over 40 years ago, our personal injury firm consisted of three lawyers in Orlando, Florida. Today, our firm has over 100 staff members all throughout Florida. We’ve grown so much because we’ve had so much success over the years.
Our lawyers have been able to recover many millions of dollars for our clients, and now our lawyers belong to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country. Additionally, our lawyers have received many recognitions and outstanding reviews, including a Superb rating from Avvo.com, and a five-star rating from our clients on Google.
We believe our clients appreciate us so much because of how committed we are to them and the rest of the Florida community. We demonstrate this commitment every time we recover a settlement or verdict for a client and by offering scholarships to students who speak to the importance of family and community in their lives.
Our Commitment to You
You can expect your Melbourne dog bite attorney to treat you like family and to serve you with respect, dignity, and fairness. These are the principles our firm was founded on. You can also expect your attorney to understand personal injury law and dog bite laws very well, and to fight hard for all of your damages, even if it means suing for them.
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Contact Us for Your Dog Bite Attorney in Melbourne, FL
If you or a loved one suffered a dog bite, our firm can negotiate or sue for your damages. We’ve been able to help many other people, so you should be confident we can help you, too.
We can tell you much more during a free consultation. Afterwards, if you decide to hire one of our dog bite lawyers, we will be able to work for you in an affordable contingency-fee arrangement. You won’t have to pay for your lawyer’s services until and unless your lawyer recovers compensation for you. To consult with us for free, contact Bogin, Munns & Munns today.