What To Do After A Dog Bite In Tampa, Clearwater or St. Petersburg, Florida
Being bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog or group of dogs can be very frightening for the victim, and can leave serious, lasting injuries. In some cases, those injuries never fully heal and they affect the quality of life a person has after the attack. Both mental and physical health issues come into play from the trauma of being attacked by one or more dogs, and victims want – and deserve – proper compensation for the suffering they endure.
By hiring an experienced dog bite attorney you can focus on your physical and mental recovery and let your attorney handle all of the legal aspects of your case.
What Is the Dog Owner’s Legal Responsibility?
Under Florida law, the owner of any dog that bites someone who is in a public place, or lawfully in a private place, “is liable for the damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.” Florida follows a “strict liability” theory in this regard.
There is an exception written into the statute that provides that dog owners can, in certain circumstances, escape liability under this law if, at the time of the bite, they had a “Bad Dog” sign prominently on display on their premises.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Dog Bites?
As a general rule, in Florida, the statute of limitations (time limit to bring a lawsuit) for a dog bite claim is four years.
What Can I Recover in A Dog Bite Case?
Depending on the specifics of your case, you would generally be entitled to medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. It may be important for you to know that in most circumstances, the dog owner himself (who may be your neighbor or friend) won’t necessarily be pulling out his personal checkbook to pay for your damages. Instead, in many cases, it is the insurance company (homeowners insurance) of the dog’s owner who is footing the bill.
Do I Need an Attorney?
A skilled lawyer can help evaluate your case and if you decide to work together, can help obtain the maximum compensation that you are due. Attorney Chelsie M. Lamie is an experienced dog bite attorney who works on a contingency basis, which means that her fees are paid out of your recovery, with no upfront money needed.
If you or a loved one has sustained injury from a dog bite, call Personal Injury Attorney Chelsie M. Lamie at 727-501-3464 for a free consultation. You can also learn more about Attorney Lamie by visiting www.chelsielamie.com.