Dog bite attorney in South Florida - Choose us if injured in a West Palm Beach attack
A dog bite - even a relatively minor one - is a frightening and painful experience that can create anxiety, not to mention expensive medical bills. A severe dog bite can cause scarring, disfigurement and possibly psychological injuries that stay with the victim forever. In some cases, a dog bite victim contracts rabies, or even dies from injuries, resulting in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Some people think that only certain dogs, like pit bulls or Dobermans, can be vicious. The reality is that any dog can be dangerous and unpredictable.
If you or a loved one was injured in a dog attack, contact an experienced dog bite lawyer in South Florida. We put experience and resources to work for clients who have been injured through no fault of their own.
Dog bite statistics
Each year, more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 885,000 people need medical treatment. Tens of thousands of people need reconstruction surgery as a result of their serious injuries. Despite the frequency and severity of many attacks, the dog owner's insurance company will try to pay as little as possible. (Typically, homeowner's insurance will cover a dog bite injury in South Florida). Attorneys for the insurance companies will come up with dozens of defenses, even when the owner of the dog is clearly at fault.
To maximize your compensation after a dog bite, it's important to speak with a dog bite lawyer in West Palm Beach. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we have experience representing victims of dog bites and helping them obtain the money they need for medical bills and other losses.
Liability and dog attacks
Dogs may attack for any number of reasons. If you did not provoke the dog, you may be entitled to compensation under Florida law. The owner may argue the person who was bitten provoked the dog, which can result in reduction in compensation. Florida's strict liability law, however, makes the owner legally liable for injuries their dog caused. Your attorney does not have to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner.
In dog attacks, children especially are at risk, especially youngsters between 5 and 9 years old. The CDC reports that children are more likely to receive medical attention for dog-bite injuries than adults.
If you or your child has been the victim of a dog bite, contact an injury attorney today to learn about your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. We can pursue compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, scarring, or even property damage, depending on the circumstances. Our legal professionals know how to evaluate a claim and determine the best course of action.
Our West Palm Beach dog bite lawyers are here for you
For a free case review, call (800) 608-2965 today or contact us online. Let us help you obtain the compensation you deserve for you or your child's injuries. We are a full-service law firm that provides personal attention for each client. We can assist you throughout the process.