Dog Bite and Animal Attack Lawyer in St. Petersburg
Injuries, medical expenses, and other damages can often occur as the result of a dog bite or other animal attack. The law provides for compensation for the injured victim of many dog bites and animal attacks. It is wise to consult with a qualified dog bite attorney.
Animal attacks and dog bites are much more common than one might initially think. Fortunately, many of them are minor and do not cause substantial injuries. However, some can be quite serious. In Florida, by statute, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for the injuries caused by that animal. The owner of the animal has a duty to keep it under control. Injuries from dog bites or attacks can be quite serious. Animal attacks are not to be taken lightly. Bites and scratches can often lead to dangerous infections, permanent disfigurement, and, in some instances, death.
A dog bite lawyer can handle both dog bites and other animal attack cases. Because of all the potential complicating factors involved in these type of claims, it is imperative that you seek out the advice of an experienced dog bite injury lawyer to help you through the claims process.
Dog and animal attacks should be promptly reported to local police or animal control authorities so that the issue can be properly documented. This is done for a few reasons; (1) to document your claim, and (2) to, hopefully, avoid another attack or bite from occurring. These claims are typically addressed through the animal owner's homeowners insurance company. The homeowner’s insurance information can be very difficult to obtain, as many animal owners are uncooperative in providing the information voluntarily. A further problem can arise in determining whether or not dog bite or animal attack coverage is provided under the insurance. Homeowners insurance used to provide nearly universal coverage for dog and pet bites and attacks in Florida, but many now exclude it from their policies. If there is no insurance coverage available, you may have to consider suing the owner directly. This is not always a viable option however, since, as a practical matter, many people do not possess sufficient assets from which to recover compensation and damages for a dog bite injury or animal injury. A dog bite lawyer can handle both dog bites and other animal attack cases. Because of all the potential complicating factors involved in these type of claims, it is imperative that you seek out the advice of an experienced dog bite injury lawyer to help you through the claims process.
At David P. Folkenflik, P.A., we are a St. Petersburg injury lawyer with experience in handling many types of personal injury claims, including dog bites and other animal attacks. We always offer a free consultation for any personal injury claim, and you will pay no attorney fees to us unless you win a settlement or verdict in your claim
The information contained herein does not constitute legal advice as that can only be given by a direct consultation with the attorney after having reviewed your entire matter and relevant documentation. Actual terms and conditions of representation will be contained in the Representation Agreement.