Dog bites are among the most common severe injuries people suffer during everyday life. This is largely due to the fact that dogs tend to bite children more than adults, and most dog bites result in disfigurement and permanent scars; putting them in a higher category of injury under Florida law.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury due to a dog bite, Attorney Joseph C. Miller is here to help. Many people who are injured by dogs are reluctant to file suit against the dog owner under the mistaken impression that it’s “not their fault,” or that Florida only applies liability after a dog is proven violent. These and other misconceptions are common, and this is why it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer, so you fully understand your rights and options.
Most dog attacks result in multiple injuries, but even a single particularly bad bite (hands are very prominent examples) can require multiple rounds of surgery to correct, and leave visible scars long after the injury itself has been dealt with. Our law offices can help you get the qualified medical professionals you need to properly address your injury.
We can perform the background research necessary to establish the dog’s history, the owner’s history, and the precise circumstances that surrounded the attack. Next, we take that information to the insurance company and make the most compelling argument the circumstances allow to have your medical bills covered.
After we have done our due diligence, we seek out the owner of the dog and approach them with the facts of the case. We will seek to settle with the owner out of court so that we can minimize the time and expense necessary for justice to be served. If they refuse to settle or refuse to acknowledge fault, however, we will go to court prepared to fight for full compensation.
The CDC states that “[E]ach year, 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites; half of these are children. Of those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department.” Yet according to the Insurance Information Institute, only around 17,000 insurance payouts are made each year for dog bites. This means 98% of dog bite victims may not be receiving compensation.
If you or someone close to you has been bitten by a dog, you need strong legal counsel to ensure you are justly compensated for your injuries. Contact the Law Offices of Joseph C. Miller, P.A. today at (904) 358-2020 for a free consultation.