After an animal attack, it’s all too common for medical bills to pile up. When you add to that the possibility of missed work plus the physical toll of pain and suffering, having a personal injury lawyer on your side can be a relief.
If you or a loved one were injured in a dog bite incident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our empathetic Hialeah dog bite lawyers can help.
What Types Of Damages Can A Dog Bite Lawyer Recover?
Here are some of the damages that you can recover from a negligent dog owner.
Depending on the severity, you might be dealing with a host of injuries related to your dog bite incident. These injuries can include:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Deep tissue damage
- Mental and emotional trauma
Florida’s strict liability law holds a negligent animal owner responsible for covering damages. These damages can include the cost of your doctor visits, surgical costs, physical therapy expenses, and more. They can also be compelled to pay for the costs of therapy and other losses associated with emotional trauma.
If you had to take time off of work to heal from your injuries or to make doctor’s appointments, you may be able to recover compensation to recover some or all of your lost wages and income.
Cost Of Prosthetics
If you suffered a catastrophic injury and now need prosthetics or other medical devices, you can recover some or all of the associated costs. If your injuries require ongoing long-term treatment, an attorney can work to get those costs covered for you as well.
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The Benefits Of A Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog bite victims might assume they could pursue their case without the help of an attorney, but some cases are more complex than others. Aside from simply proving your case, the right Hialeah dog bite lawyer can handle many additional aspects of your case while you can focus on getting better.
An Attorney Can Properly Assess Your Case
A lawyer can review all of the relevant statutes to bolster your case, gather and present evidence, examine witnesses, and determine a fair and realistic case value for you.
In an ideal scenario, you’d be able to work directly with the at-fault animal owner and the insurance company to recover the damages you’re owed and pay your bills. But most situations are far from ideal, and you want to know that you have an advocate on your side should the case go to court.
A Lawyer Can Take On The Insurance Companies So You Don’t Have To
Insurance claim adjusters are often one of the most significant roadblocks to recovery for those injured in an animal bite incident. An adjuster might make a variety of claims about you that are untrue.
They could argue in court that you were partially at fault for the incident, that your injuries are not as severe as you claim them to be, and ultimately that your settlement amount should be far lower than what you’re seeking.
A lawyer can cut through these arguments and fight to get you the coverage you need to properly heal. Our attorneys will even visit you in the hospital if you need them to, so they can remove any barriers you might have to get legal support.
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What If I Can’t Afford A Dog Bite Attorney?
Your ability to get medical care and recover proper damages shouldn’t hinge on whether or not you have enough money for attorney fees. The best option for you here is to choose a law firm with a contingency-fee structure.
Simply put, in a contingency-fee arrangement, if you don’t win, you don’t pay. You pay nothing upfront, and instead, our firm receives a small percentage of your settlement amount once you win.
Aside from the obvious benefit of not having to pay hefty legal fees while you recover from your injuries, you’ll also have the peace of mind that comes with knowing our dog bite lawyers are fighting to recover a fair settlement for you.
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What Does Florida Law Say About Dog Bites?
Florida is known as a “strict liability” state when it comes to dog bite incidents. According to Florida Statutes § 767.04, dog owners are liable for all damages caused by their animal both in public or in a lawfully-accessed private area.
This liability applies regardless of whether or not the animal attacked anyone in the past or whether the owner was aware of the dog’s capacity to bite. With that said, if the person attacked is found to be partially negligent, potential damages can be reduced by that victim’s percentage of negligence.
Further, Florida Statutes § 767.10 establishes that the law can attribute unprovoked animal attacks to owners failing to contain their animals and/or properly train them. As a result, a judge could label an animal a “dangerous dog” after repeated incidents. Our lawyers may be able to sue these previous incidents when representing your case.
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Why Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers?
For over 25 years, Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers has been advocating for Floridians and supporting them throughout difficult recoveries. Our team prides itself on honest and personal representation and we’re committed to community involvement.
Beyond our charitable work for the community, we’ve established a clear track record of success. We’ve secured settlements as high as $5 million, $6 million, and $22.1 million for our clients, and we’ll work hard to achieve a fair outcome for you. Our testimonials do a great job of summing up our tagline: Our family fighting for your family.
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If you or a loved one have been the victim of a dog bite incident, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. From attorney hospital visits to a contingency-based approach and free, no-obligation consultations, our firm treats you like family.
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