Dog Bite Attorney
Do I Need an Attorney for a Dog Bite?
Christopher Doty is a dog bite attorney serving Ocala and the surrounding areas. Dog bites occur more often than you might know. Whether the dog bite victim is a child, or an adult, the attack can mean lasting trauma, scars, missed work time, and extensive medical bills. In extreme cases, an attack by a dog leads to death. Regardless of the severity, Florida law is very clear.
The Facts About Florida Dog Bite Law
Florida is a strict liability state. This means the dog’s owner can be held liable whether the attack occurred in a public or private location. One caveat is whether the victim was on the property legally when the attack occurs. In an instance when the victim is displayed negligence on their part, whatever compensation they receive could be reduced based on their level of negligence. For example, if a dog is taunted and an attack occurs, liability could be reduced.
Some states allow for what is referred to as the “one bite rule”. In other words, the first time a dog bites someone the owner isn’t held liable. Florida does not have the law. Also, in Florida the law does not require a victim to prove their attack was the result of the owner’s negligence.
The Law Offices of Christopher Alan Doty, P.A. offers a variety of personal injury, domestic and family law services in Marion County and all surrounding areas.
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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