If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to collect for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, among other losses. Many dog owners have insurance to cover these claims. Our experienced Lee County dog bite lawyers do not charge any fees unless you receive a settlement or award.
What is a Dog Bite Injury?
A dog bite injury occurs when a dog’s mouth closes around any part of a person’s body. In most cases, a dog bite will tear the skin and cause cuts and deep gashes that can leave ugly scars. However, a dog does not have to break the skin or cause bleeding for a dog bite injury to occur. Dog bites can also cause internal injuries and cause injuries that hit the nerves, muscles, and bones.
Can I Get a Dog Bite Settlement?
If you have been injured by a dog bite, you may be able to recover for your injuries along with other losses and pain and suffering by obtaining a dog bite settlement. In Lee County, Florida, Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres, and surrounding, dog owners are held legally responsible for the actions of their dogs. This means that if a dog bites someone, the owner can be held responsible to pay for the injuries suffered as a result.
Many times, dog owners have insurance policies that cover these incidents. Typically, a dog bite settlement will compensate the injured victim for their medical bills, lost income, scarring, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other losses.
What is a Dog Bite Case Worth?
If our firm is successful in proving your dog bite case, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, scarring, pain and suffering, and other losses.
What is The Legal Fee?
The standard legal fee in personal injury cases is 1/3 of the settlement or award. We charge the standard 1/3 fee only if you receive a settlement or award in your case. Up until that point, there are no fees charged.
Who is Responsible For a Dog Bite Injury?
In Lee County Florida, dog owners or their insurance companies must pay injured victims if their dog bites someone. In some cases, another person or entity may also be responsible. For example, you may be able to recover money from a kennel or person in possession of a dog, who was taking care of the dog at the time of the incident. Also, property owners may be at fault if someone else’s dog bites someone while on their property under certain circumstances. Finally, landlords may be liable for dog bite injuries if they allowed a tenant to own a dangerous dog. If a minor (person under the age of 18) owns a dog that has bitten someone, then the minor’s parents may have to pay costs of the dog bite injuries.
What Should I do After a Dog Bite Injury?
If you have been bitten by a dog, it is important to try to get as much information as you can about who owns the dog and how the incident occurred. Get the name, address, and contact information of the dog owner. Talk to any witnesses that may have seen the dog bite occur, and get their names and contact information. Document everything you can about the scene of the incident and exactly what happened. Take photos of where the bite occurred. You should also document your injuries. Take photos of the area you were bitten. Seek the appropriate medical attention right away, and tell your treating doctor that you were bitten by a dog and how it happened. Make sure to follow up with any further treatment you may need.