What is dog bite law in Vero Beach, FL?
In dog bite law, the state of Florida decided, “If you are going to have a dog, then you are going to be held strictly liable if your dog does something to somebody.” So, it really does not get into, except for exceptional cases, if a dog attacks you, the finding will be is that the dog owner is responsible for those injuries. In a dog bite case, you are dealing more with just the specifics of what your injuries are, whether or not they permanent, if you have scarring as a result, if you have suffered any type of mental anguish or post-traumatic stress from the attack, and what the worth of those cases are.
Why would a Vero Beach lawyer be needed in a dog bite case?
In dog bite cases, often what occurs is an intricate story of where the dog was, if a dog got out, if the owner had knowledge that the dog got out, if there was a predisposition that the dog could be aggressive, and all these things are arguments that are made.
Obviously, in most dog bite cases you are either dealing with an insurance company that is insuring the home owner for actions of the dog, and if not, you are addressing strictly the dog owner who is making allegations or may make allegations on how this, for whatever reason, may not be their fault. So, the use of an experienced attorney is there to represent your rights all the way through the claim process.
An attorney will help you understand exactly what your right is, what the law is, what you can do, and what you can file claims for or damages. If you are trying to file a claim as a lay person, you may not know what your total rights are without having professional advice.
What type of compensation is covered in a dog bite claim?
In all cases for injury, everything is going to be a money damages type of compensation. In regard to money damages for a dog bite claim, what you are often dealing with is going to be the cost of medical treatment, the cost of future medical treatment, any type of past pain and suffering or mental anguish, and any type of future pain and suffering or mental anguish. Depending on the injury, it will involve damages if you lost time from work, if you can continue your job, if you had to change a job, and any type of ongoing restrictions you may have due to the injury.
What information does the client need to gather when preparing to talk to a lawyer about a dog bite case?
In our firm’s experience, dog-bite cases, although it is strict liability, become very complicated. What we urge people to do is, if there is an attack by a dog, immediately take photos of the injury. You try to take photos of whether the dog owner’s house had a hole in the fence, or whatever issue allowed the dog out. If the dog was not on a leash, photos will substantiate those things so that you are not getting into an oral argument later where the attacked person is saying, “Your dog was not on a leash,” and the dog owner is saying, “No. The dog was on a leash.” The pictures will substantiate where you do not have to make an argument, and will prove those different issues which can come up later in these types of cases.
How does the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, PA, help clients with their dog-bite cases ?
We feel that our personal rapport with clients is important. Mr. Bregoff handles everything himself. He deals with the insurance adjusters directly in all phone conversations that are related to the substantiated claims which emanate from a dog-bite case. He also deals directly with insurance defense attorneys on all types of calls that concern any type of issues, which relate to the injury itself.
Contact our experienced Vero Beach dog bite attorneys at (772) 492-8967 for a free consultation.