Can I Pursue Compensation for the Emotional Trauma Caused by a Dog Bite in Florida?
At the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, P.A. our personal injury attorney in Vero Beach understands that many different types of accidents can cause emotional trauma, including car accidents, motorcycle collisions, and even dog bites or attacks.
The State of Florida allows individuals to pursue damages for physical and emotional distress — with limitations — through a personal injury case.
Our Indian River County and Vero Beach dog bite lawyer will walk you through your legal options after an injury occurs because of another person’s negligence — including dog owners whose animals can leave our clients with permanent scars, disabilities, and emotional trauma — and will pursue the liable party for those damages.
If you would like to file a dog bite injury claim to pursue compensation for your or a loved one’s injuries, we must first consider the economic and non-economic damages and take your complete physical, emotional, and financial injuries into account first.
What are the Economic and Non-Economic Damages Associated with Dog Bites in Florida?
No two people will react to a dog bite or vicious animal attack in the exact same way.
The injured person’s age, size, weight, and ability to react to the dog bite or attack quickly —along with the type of dog that is responsible for their injuries — will determine how injured they become during the accident.
Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States annually:
- Nearly 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of those bites
- More than 14,000 of those bites resulted in hospitalizations
- Over 800,000 of those bites resulted in medical care
The medical bills associated with dog bites are considered economic damages. As are any lost wages, therapy or rehabilitation costs, or prescription drug and medical device expenses.
Our Florida Statutes allow our personal injury attorney to pursue non-economic damages, too, which may include pain and suffering associated with:
- Significant or permanent loss of a bodily function
- Disfigurement or scarring which is permanent
- Permanent disability
- Loss of life
Pain and suffering in Florida must almost always be accompanied by a physical injury since emotional pain cannot be quantified or easily proven. With the help of an experienced dog bite attorney in Vero Beach, your claim may be maximized by our legal statutes, so you can get the care you need — both physically and emotionally.
Contact Our Skilled Dog Bite Attorney in Vero Beach Today for a Free Consultation
Last year, homeowner’s insurance policies across the country paid over $797 million in liability claims related to dog bites and other dog-related injuries.
If you have sustained injuries in a dog bite or attack in Florida, contact our experienced personal injury lawyers in Vero Beach at the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, P.A. today by calling (772) 492-8967 to schedule a free consultation.