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Orlando Dog Attack Attorney
Dog Bite Claims
While dogs are man’s best friend, they are also animals, and animals can behave unpredictably. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.7 million people get bitten by dogs every year, and 1 in 5 people bitten requires medical attention.
In Florida, dog owners are responsible for the behavior of their pets, so you may have a case against someone if their dog bites you. At Maaswinkel Law, P.A., we can help you explore your legal options and guide you through this difficult time.
Florida Dog Bite Laws
The 2019 Florida Statutes address dog bites in §767.01 and §767.04. When it comes to dog bites, Florida is a “strict liability” state, which means dog owners are liable for damages their animals cause. Unlike other states, known as “one-bite” states, Florida does not require dog owners to know about their dog’s potential viciousness. This makes it easier for victims of dog bites to recover compensation.
If a dog bite occurs, you should first seek medical care. Once the wound has been treated properly, a report should be filed. The protocol for filing a dog bite report in Florida varies from county to county. Reports may be filed with both the county animal control officer or the police depending on your county’s regulations. By filing a report you are creating the helpful documentation your attorneys may use to fight for compensation.
Who Is Liable for Dog Bites?
Unless you provoke the dog or otherwise act carelessly around the animal, the dog’s owner will be liable for any bites you sustain. This liability applies whether you are in public or private, and one of the only things that can absolve a dog owner of liability is a “Bad Dog” sign.
Sadly, children are bitten by dogs far more often than adults. If you are pursuing justice on behalf of your child, liability can apply even if a “Bad Dog” sign was posted.
Liability also applies if someone else’s dog harms your dog (or any domestic animal in your possession) or attacks livestock you have on your property.
The amount of liability we can prove will depend on your specific situation. That’s why our team at Maaswinkel Law, P.A. encourages you to get in touch right away.
Should I Seek Medical Attention?
Yes. You should always seek medical attention after a dog attack, even after a “minor” bite. Dog bites are very prone to infection, so you need to have your wound cleaned and examined by a medical professional. If you cannot get your bite to stop bleeding, you may even need to call 911.
Common dog bite injuries include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Puncture wounds
- Fractures (from the dog’s jaws or falling down)
- Facial injuries (and disfigurement)
- Nerve damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
In serious cases, people lose fingers and ears to dog attacks. Sometimes, they are physically and/or emotionally scarred for life.
How Legal Action Helps
After a serious dog attack, you may need medical attention and time away from work. A successful personal injury lawsuit helps you account for these expenses and pay for other resources you may need in your recovery process.
You could recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- The costs of rehabilitative care
- Missed wages
- Changing to your earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- And more
To pursue maximum compensation…
Contact Maaswinkel Law, P.A. Today
Our attorneys have won millions on behalf of our clients, and we handle each case with a deep sense of care and personalized attention. With our clients, we are straightforward and supportive, and with our opponents, we are tough negotiators who will not back down when your legal rights are on the line.
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you deserve compensation and you deserve access to all the recovery resources you need. Maaswinkel Law, P.A. is just here to help you get it.
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For your convenience, we offer services in English, Spanish, and Japanese. If you can’t make it into the office, we are willing to come to your home or hospital bed, and we can also do consultations over the phone.
What Sets Us Apart
43-year-old female client rear-ended by a landscaper pick-up truck in Orlando, Florida. She underwent neck surgery and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. The insurance company denied that the truck accident caused a brain injury.
Workers’ Compensation Injury
A 55-year-old male client injured on the job when a tractor-trailer rear-ended his work vehicle in Brevard County, Florida. As a result of the accident, he injured his left shoulder rotator cuff and underwent a lower back lumbar fusion paid for by workers’ compensation. His wife recovered compensation for loss of consortium (the damage to their marital relationship).
A 40-year-old female client was involved in a rear-end car accident in Polk County, Florida. As a result of the accident, she suffered injuries to her neck and back. The at-fault driver’s insurance company offered $9,000.00 to settle without a lawsuit. We refused to accept that offer and filed a lawsuit for our client. The insurance company hired a doctor who testified the accident was not the cause of her current pain but rather her pain was due to her age and weight.
Tractor Trailer Accident
A 10-year-old male client that was a passenger in an SUV when it was hit by a tractor-trailer. The truck driver was traveling at an unsafe speed for the weather conditions on a rural country road in Lake County, Florida. He sustained broken legs as a result of the truck accident. The insurance and trucking company wrongfully claimed our client was not seat belted in the SUV.
Truck Driver Injured at Work
Combined personal injury and workers compensation recovered for a 41-year-old male truck driver who was injured while on the job in Manatee County, Florida.
Construction Site Injury
This is a feature block that you can use to Combined personal injury and workers compensation recovered for a 44-year-old male construction worker injured on a construction site in Titusville, Florida when a subcontractor driving a truck negligently backed into our client, pinning his hand to a concrete structure.
We won a combined personal injury and underinsured motorist (UM) recovery for a 61-year-old female client who was driving a vehicle in Sanford, Florida when the defendant changed lanes and struck her in the passenger side.
Careless Driving Accident
We recovered $350,000 for a 42-year-old male client who was rear-ended by a careless driver in Sarasota, Florida.
Slip & Fall on the Job
We won a combined personal injury and workman compensation recovery for a 36-year-old male client who was injured on the job when he slipped and fell on ice cubes while delivering food supplies to the back kitchen of a restaurant in Jupiter, Florida.
Slip & Fall a Thrift Store
We recovered $295,000.00 for a 56-year-old female who slipped and fell on a handicap ramp at a thrift store in Orlando, Florida.