A Margate dog bite lawyer is your best resource if you’ve suffered injuries because of someone else’s pet. The dog’s owner may be liable when their dog bites and the injuries require medical care. Our lawyers can help victims pursue fair compensation for their medical bills, income losses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
At GED Lawyers, our Margate personal injury attorney knows how to build a strong claim or lawsuit against the dog’s owner. We can advocate for you, fight for your compensation, and answer all of your questions after a Margate, FL, injury.
Let Our Margate Dog Bite Attorneys Pursue Damages Based on Your Injuries
When our lawyers pursue compensation after a dog bite, we seek money for the expenses and losses you’ve incurred because of the incident and injuries. We know how important this financial recovery is to you and your family.
The money we pursue on your behalf depends greatly on your case facts. Each case is unique with its own value and recoverable damages. Some common examples include:
- Pain and suffering and other intangible losses
- Medical bills for treatment, reconstruction, and related therapies
- Psychological counseling, if required
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Income losses from time missed at work
- Reduced earning capacity for those who cannot return to their jobs
- Miscellaneous expenses related to the injuries or treatment
Our wrongful death attorneys from GED Lawyers can pursue compensation for your family if your loved one dies from dog bite injuries or related complications. We understand how Florida wrongful death laws work, who can act as plaintiffs in these cases, and the types of damages recoverable. We can explore your options at your free consultation.
How a GED Lawyer Can Help in a Dog Bite Case
At GED Lawyers, our personal injury attorneys handle a wide range of injury cases in and around Margate and greater Broward County. This includes dog bites and related injuries. We can help you navigate the process and pursue fair compensation for the expenses and losses you’ve experienced. To this end, we can:
- Manage all communication about your case
- Protect your rights
- Identify all potentially liable parties
- Investigate what occurred to document negligence and liability
- Calculate a financial value for your case based on documents that show your damages and other evidence
- Demand fair compensation from the at-fault party’s insurer
- Negotiate a fair settlement when possible
- Sue the dog’s owner if necessary
- Represent your best interests at trial if we need to present your case facts to a judge and jury
Our firm has a long list of successful personal injury case results. We know how to navigate the claims process and secure settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our dog bite lawyers want to put their skill and experience to work for you.
While we can never guarantee the future, you can have confidence that our team of Margate dog bite attorneys knows how to fight for justice in these cases.
Compassionate Legal Care on a Contingency Fee Basis
At GED Lawyers, we are a contingency fee firm. We never ask our personal injury clients to pay upfront fees. Instead, we receive a portion of the money we recover for you based on the final amount of your compensation. If we don’t win compensation for you, you don’t owe us any legal fees at all.
Trust Our Margate, FL, Dog Bite Attorneys to Hold the Owner Liable
Florida’s dog bite law holds the dog’s owner (or another person in charge of the dog’s behavior) accountable for any injuries when the incident occurs. Some states require victims to show that the dog has a known history of similar attacks. Florida is not one of them. According to Florida state law, the owner is responsible “regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
However, adult victims cannot have provoked the dog to bite. This is a common defense in these cases, and our dog bite attorneys often have to offer compelling evidence that shows the dog acted inappropriately and caused injuries without any negligence on the victim’s part.
How Our Margate Animal Attack Lawyers Pursue Compensation for Dog Bite Victims
Representing a dog bite victim often requires us to present strong evidence showing what occurred and which damages our client suffered as a result. When one of our Florida personal injury lawyers handles your dog bite case, there are generally two ways we could seek compensation:
- An insurance claim based on the owner’s insurance policy
- A personal injury lawsuit in civil court
Often, we begin with an insurance claim based on the homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy carried by the dog owner. These policies often cover injuries caused by the policyholder’s pet. We can demand fair compensation and negotiate with the insurance carrier to reach an acceptable agreement.
When a fair agreement can’t be reached, or there are other reasons why we believe it is necessary, we can sue the dog’s owner on your behalf. We need to prepare and file this paperwork in Broward County civil court before time runs out to do so.
Statute of Limitations on a Margate Dog Bite Lawsuit
Lawmakers in Florida recently reduced the statute of limitations for Florida personal injury lawsuits. With the passage of HB 837/SB236, victims generally have only two years from the date of a bite injury to begin a lawsuit. Missing this deadline could mean losing your right to sue.
Discuss Your Legal Options With Our Margate, FL, Dog Bite Team for Free
GED Lawyers provides free consultations for victims hurt in Margate dog bite incidents. Our team members can answer your questions, provide guidance, explain your rights, and discuss how our lawyers can help you, all at no cost or obligation to you.
Contact us today to learn more about your options after a Margate, FL, dog bite injury.