West Palm Beach Dog Bite Lawyer
Unfortunately, dogs aren’t always friendly. If a dog has bitten you, a dog attack lawyer can help you recover the compensation you need to move forward.
Dogs are often called “man’s best friend,” and for many people, they are. But if you have suffered from a serious dog bite, you may also suffer from long-term trauma or permanent physical damage.
Dog bites are a serious issue that often require medical attention and legal action. If the bite was not your fault, you deserve justice for the actions you didn’t provoke.
If you believe you have a case or have questions about the legal action you can take after a bite, a dog bite lawyer at our firm is ready to help. Our personal injury lawyer in West Palm Beach is determined to make sure you get the compensation you deserve after a serious attack.
Proving Fault for Dog Bites
Proving fault for a dog bite typically comes down to the owner. Florida has “strict liability” laws, meaning that, no matter whether the dog had previously shown aggression, the owner is responsible for the dog bite. In other words, if you were bitten by a dog, you are likely eligible for compensation.
One special consideration for this law is that, on occasion, minors own dogs that attack people. If this is the case, your defendant may be the legal guardian, regardless of his or her involvement with the dog or incident. Other responsible parties could be property owners or animal keepers, such as pet sitters or kennels. A dog bite lawyer can help you determine fault in your case.
Victims of dog bites must also consider Florida negligence laws. Florida observes comparative negligence, which may affect dog bite cases. If you were negligent around the dog, such as harassing or frightening the dog into attacking, you could be held partially responsible for your attack and lose a corresponding percentage of your compensation.
Assessing Your Damages
Dog attacks can cause serious medical issues. Although most bites are on the arms or hands, they can cause major problems like infections or nerve damage with long-term consequences. The bite can be serious on its own because of the pain it may cause, but dog attacks can be mentally, emotionally, and financially difficult, as well.
Below are some of the damages you could suffer from a dog bite:
- Puncture wounds or broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Diseases like tetanus
- Future medical expenses
- Trauma-induced emotional distress, such as post-traumatic stress disorder
- Lost income
Meet with a Dog Bite Attorney
If you were bitten by a dog and suffered serious damage from the attack, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys are ready to help you with your claim. At the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, we believe in helping the injured get what they’re owed.
If you are unsure whether you have a case or have questions about beginning your claim, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation. Simply fill out the form below or give us a call at 561-659-6366 to get in touch with a West Palm Beach dog bite lawyer.