Dog Bite Attorney

Do I Need an Attorney for a Dog Bite?

Christopher Doty, a reputable dog bite attorney serving Ocala and the surrounding areas, is here to protect your rights. Dog bites occur more frequently than you might realize, and the aftermath can be devastating. Whether you or your child has been a victim, the physical and emotional trauma, along with the financial burdens of medical bills and missed work, can be overwhelming. In the worst cases, a dog attack can result in fatal consequences. However, Florida law leaves no room for ambiguity.

The Facts About Florida Dog Bite Law

In Florida, the responsibility lies firmly with the dog’s owner, regardless of whether the attack happens in a public or private location. However, there is a caveat – if the victim was on the property unlawfully or displayed negligence that contributed to the incident, the compensation they receive may be reduced based on their level of fault. It’s worth noting that Florida does not follow the “one bite rule” where the owner is not held liable for the first bite. Furthermore, victims in Florida are not required to prove that the owner was negligent to seek compensation.

Dog Bite Attorney

What You Should do if you are Bitten by a Dog?

Know the Basics of Florida Dog Bite Laws

As a result of any dog bite or attack by a dog or other animal, seek immediate medical treatment. Dog bites can lead to serious infections if not treated properly. For instance, the dog may be carrying a disease that is unknown at the time. If possible, take pictures of the wounded area and get the names and contact information of any witnesses. Write down to the best of your ability the circumstances surrounding the attack. 

In other words, gather as much proof or what happened.  At this point, it’s time to contact a competent personal injury attorney who is familiar with how to represent a dog bite victim. While Florida law has a statute of limitations that last for four years from the date of an attack, swift action by the victim and their attorney produce better outcomes.

Why Choose Attorney Christopher Doty?

As stated earlier, dog bites can inflict serious injury to you or a loved one. They can also lead to you having to compromise many aspects of your life.  In serious cases, victims may have to endure years of plastic surgery.  At our office, I will work diligently to hold the negligent owner responsible for their dogs’ actions. Usually this involves dealing with their insurance company. As a rule, insurance companies often try to downplay the effects of a dog attack and receiving a fair settlement requires collecting evidence and properly presenting the case to receive the maximum settlement.

When or if a fair settlement cannot be reached, I can provide aggressive representation in court. I offer personalized service and have made it my mission to “FIGHT 4 FAMILIES” throughout Ocala, and surrounding areas. As a former United States Marine, it is my honor to continue to serve and protect your rights. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your case. Call or contact us today.

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The Law Offices of Christopher Alan Doty, P.A.

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Marion Oaks
Beverly HIlls
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Fort McCoy
Crystal River
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The Villages
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Top of the World
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