While dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend,” and for good reason, certain dogs are vicious, either because of horrible owners or simply by nature. Regardless of the cause of their aggressive behavior, if you are a victim of an unwarranted dog attack, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal–our Hillsborough County dog bite lawyer is here to help. Contact The Frank Santini Law Firm to learn more about dog attacks in Florida and how our firm can assist you if you’ve been harmed in one.
Thousands of people throughout the state of Florida own dogs, and while most dogs are loyal, kind, and don’t have a mean bone in their body, there are exceptions. If you’ve been attacked by a dog, you need to hire a local Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer who can handle your claim and work to obtain the compensation you need to cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more, as swiftly as possible.
After a dog attack in Hillsborough County, the first thing you should do is call the police. They will send an ambulance to the scene. Medical professionals can treat your wound on the spot and work to stop the spread of potential infection. You should also ask the dog owner for his or her contact information and ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their names, phone numbers, and email addresses as well. They may corroborate your claim at a later date. Next, take pictures of your injuries and ensure you are treated at a hospital, where your doctor should provide you with medical documentation concerning any damage caused by the dog bite. Finally, you must retain the services of a knowledgeable Hillsborough County, FL dog bite lawyer who can work to uncover all additional information needed to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf.
After being bitten by a dog, you and your personal injury lawyer will have to prove one of two things: you will have to prove that you were either attacked in a public place or that you were attacked while lawfully on private property. For example, if you were simply walking down the street when you were randomly attacked by a dog, you would most likely have a case against the dog’s owner. Additionally, if you were visiting a friend or family member at their house and you were attacked by their dog out of nowhere, you will also most likely have a claim. That being said, if you were attacked by a dog and the dog owner can prove that you were either trespassing on his or her property, or that you provoked the attack in some way, such as by teasing the dog, you may not have a valid claim.
After sustaining wrongful injuries, accident victims may seek compensation for two types of damages: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover the monetary cost of an injury, such as the cost of doctor’s visits, surgeries, and more. Non-economic damages cover the cost of non-monetary damages, such as disfigurement, the loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and more.
The statute of limitations for dog bite claims in Florida is, generally, four years. This gives all dog attack victims four years from the date of the attack to take legal action against the dog’s owner. That being said, the longer you wait, the more challenging it will be to win you the compensation you deserve, which is why the sooner you bring your claim to our firm’s attention, the better off you will be.
Dog bites can have lasting impacts, and if you were recently attacked by a vicious dog, you must hold the dog’s owner responsible so you can obtain the financial compensation you require to heal. Contact the dog bite lawyer at The Frank Santini Law Firm today so we can get started.
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