The average dog bite settlement in Florida is not known. These case figures often remain private, so there is no authoritative figure that you can rely on. Even if these dog bite settlement figures were available, the average settlement may not be of much use.
Each dog bite accident case in Florida involves completely unique circumstances. An attorney from our firm can address your case on its own merits. With relevant facts, evidence, and proof of damages, our firm can identify the settlement figure you deserve.
What Damages do We Consider in Florida Dog Bite Cases?
When we represent those bit by a dog in Florida, we generally consider:
Their Medical Expenses
It is generally necessary to get medical treatment after a dog bite. Necessary services may include:
- Shots and antibiotics to prevent infection, which The International Journal of Surgery explains are both treatments for dog bites
- Stitches and other procedures to care for wounds
- Plastic surgery for bite-related scarring and disfigurement
You may need follow-up care to ensure wounds do not become infected, and that they are healing properly. Any medical care related to your dog bite will be featured in your lawsuit.
Their Pain and Suffering
Dog bites can be traumatic for victims, causing:
- Physical pain
- Fear of dogs, and situations where dogs may be present
- Traumatic memories and dreams
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Lost quality of life
We will consider these losses, and any other pain and suffering resulting from your dog bite, as we handle your case in Florida.
Lost Income and Other Professional Damages
Dog bites in Florida can cause the victim to miss work. You may not receive a salary or wage during your time off, despite your dog bite being someone else’s fault. In addition to lost income, your losses may include:
- Lost benefits
- Lost performance-related bonuses
- Lost promotion opportunities
- Lost productivity
Depending on the nature of your injuries, you may not be able to return to your same job. This could cost you earning power and cause other professional losses.
These are all potential damages that you might suffer from your dog bite in Florida. Each case involves different damages, which is why we can’t cite an average dog bite settlement figure. Our firm will complete a careful investigation to identify and calculate your bite-related losses.
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Should I Hire an Attorney for a Dog Bite Case in Florida?
It may be in your interests to hire a lawyer for a Florida dog bite case. Seeking a settlement may be difficult for you, particularly if:
- You are not a lawyer
- You are recovering from injuries after your dog bite
- You have not negotiated a dog bite settlement before
Our team has negotiated settlements, and won verdicts, for clients like you. Our attorneys serving Florida are comfortable in settlement negotiations. If we need to, we can take your dog bite case to trial.
Hiring our firm to handle your dog bite accident case may allow you to heal, rest, and avoid the duties of the legal process.
How Will a Florida Dog Bite Lawyer Help?
The dog bite lawyers from our office will:
- Gather an incident report, witness accounts, video footage, and other evidence explaining how your dog bite happened
- Identify all liable parties, possibly including but not limited to the dog’s owner
- Identify your damages and calculate their monetary cost
- File your lawsuit
- Lead settlement negotiations
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
Dog bite cases require daily work. We will monitor the progress of your case, file all necessary paperwork, handle communications, and complete every other step in your case.
What Should I Look for in a Dog Bite Lawyer?
The lawyer you hire for your dog bite case should have relevant experience. As is true of our firm, your attorney should have tried—and won—cases similar to yours. Your attorney may also:
- Focus on personal injury law: A personal injury lawyer may be most suited to handle a dog bite accident case.
- Offer a contingency fee structure: Contingency fees mean that, rather than paying an attorney out of your own pocket, their fee comes from your settlement or judgment. You won’t pay any upfront fee to hire the attorney, and will not owe them any compensation unless they win your case.
- Pass the test of a free consultation: Most personal injury firms, including ours, offer free consultations. These obligation-free meetings give you the chance to ask questions and get a feel for a law firm.
You must choose the law firm that you believe is right for your dog bite case in Florida. Our team employs many personal injury lawyers, offers a contingency fee structure, and is ready to host your free consultation today.
However, time is of the essence so it is imperative you contact one of our lawyers today as Florida Statutes § 95.11 states you have only four years to take legal action. This time limit starts as soon as the incident occurs. When it is past four years from the time of the injury it will then be much hard to take legal action.
Call GED Lawyers Today for Your Free Consultation
You should not wait to hire a dog bite lawyer in Florida. The sooner we can start work on your case, the quicker we may secure crucial evidence. There may be deadlines for filing cases like yours, and we’ll work quickly to submit your paperwork on time.
Call GED Lawyers today for your free consultation.