According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the primary dog bite injury victims are children and the elderly. As many as 800,000 people annually require medical treatment for a dog bite injury; and about 12 people each year die from dog attacks.
At the Glover Law Firm, our Ocala personal injury attorneys have successfully handled numerous claims representing a victim with a dog bite injury. We understand that an immediate investigation and prompt medical attention are vital components when establishing liability for the bite, and to determine whether the case will be pursued through negotiations with the owner’s insurance company or litigation.
With years of experience handling dog bite injury cases, we have personally witnessed the devastating physical, emotional and financial damage caused by dog attacks. Clients often suffer long-term emotional trauma, fear, nightmares, as well as scarring and sometimes even permanent disfigurement. At the Glover Law Firm, we work diligently and aggressively to help dog bite victims recover for their medical bills, trauma, lost wages, and any other related losses.
If you, or someone you know has been bitten by a dog in The Villages or anywhere in the Ocala, Florida area, it is important to contact our law firm immediately to learn more about your legal options. There are more dog bite scenarios than you may think, and depending on the circumstances, your case may involve Florida Workers’ Compensation, the pet owner’s homeowner insurance, auto insurance, or a claim against the dog owner himself.
Dog Bite Injury and Florida Workers’ Compensation
Often our employment places us in the path of unfriendly dogs. If you are a mail carrier, delivery person, meter reader, or other employee who is required to be on private property as part of your job description, you are eligible to submit a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Aside from this, you may also have a valid claim against the dog’s owner.
Here in Florida, workers’ compensation will provide both medical and wage replacement, while a third party claim against an owner can compensate for additional pain and loss.
Dog Bite Injuries and Florida Insurance
- Homeowners’ Insurance – In some cases the homeowners’ insurance may cover injuries involving dog bites which occur on the owner’s property.
- Automobile Insurance – If the injury takes place in the owner’s vehicle, it may be an auto insurance claim.
- Pet Insurance – Some dog owners elect to purchase animal insurance.
Even if the owner does not carry insurance coverage, the victim can still bring a legal claim against the owner for compensation for injuries and loss. Determining who is liable for a dog bite injury is not something you want to handle alone. Our personal injury attorneys will take you every step of the way to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
We know how traumatic a dog bite or attack can be. We want to see you obtain a successful recovery so that you can recover and carry on with your life.
What Damages Can I Recover as a Victim of a Dog Bite?
Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to damages including:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Is There a Statute of Limitations for Dog Bite Injury Claims?
A statute of limitations is a law that limits claims to a certain time period directly following an incident. If the victim waits too long and this time period passes, the victim is no longer eligible to bring their claim. This is why it’s vitally important to contact our law offices now for a free consultation and case evaluation. You can reach us at (352) 205-4495 or toll-free at (888) 989-1123. You can also contact us online.
Attorney Gordon Glover is available 24/7 for home and hospital visits, and charges no attorney’s fees unless he recovers money for you!
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