Dog Bite Lawyer in Orlando

The Francis Law Group

Each year, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in America, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), citing other studies. Approximately 20 percent of attacks are serious enough that victims require hospitalization. The state of Florida takes these cases seriously. The state holds owners strictly liable and provides a form of legal recourse that allows victims to seek compensation from the dog owner for their injuries.

If a dog attacked you or your loved one, speak to a dog bite lawyer in Orlando at the Francis Law Group to examine your case. Your lawyer will help determine if your case is viable, how much it’s worth and your first steps to take legal action.

Florida Dog Bite Attack Law

In some states, a dog owner can be responsible only if he or she had previous knowledge that the dog was dangerous or if it had a history of biting. Florida isn’t one of them. Florida’s laws are more stringent and victim-friendly.

Florida Statute 767.04 provides: “The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.”

There are two exceptions to the rule. If you were unlawfully on the property, you are not eligible to file a claim. If you contributed to the attack, e.g., provoked the dog, an insurer or court either will deny your claim or reduce your settlement by your degree of fault. These are complicated cases that might necessitate a dog bite attorney in Orlando. You are welcome to contact the Francis Law Group for help with your case.

Dog Attack Injuries Can Be Extensive

Dog bite attacks can cause serious life-altering injuries and can even be fatal. In 2012, more than 27,000 people required reconstructive surgery after dog bite attacks, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported. Half of the victims were children.

  • Below are some of the types of injuries people sustain from animal attacks:
  • Facial and dental injuries;
  • Puncture wounds and lacerations;
  • Crushed and fractured bones;
  • Damage to the eyes, ears, and nose;
  • Scarring and disfigurement (particularly on the face and hands);
  • Internal damage to muscles, veins, and other tissues; and
  • Emotional injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Many of these injuries require reconstructive surgery, and sometimes they require multiple surgeries and long-term rehabilitation. Facial scarring can be especially traumatic because it has an impact on victims’ self-esteem. Victims often have lengthy recoveries, and in many cases, they never fully heal from their emotional wounds.

Pursuing Compensation for Injuries

If you are eligible to file a dog bite claim, pursue compensation for all your attack-related damages. They include medical bills, surgeries, other treatments and lost wages. You also can pursue restitution for emotional and other intangible damages, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and psychological disorders that developed as a result of the attack.

There is a long list of damages that you can include on a dog bite claim. To ensure your list of damages is exhaustive so that you get a settlement you deserve, have an animal attack attorney in Orlando help you complete and file the claim.

Free Consultation with a Dog Bite Lawyer in Orlando

If a dog attacked you or your loved one in Orlando, we are here to help. Call our team at the Francis Law Group to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case and help devise a plan of action to help pursue the settlement that you deserve. Contact our staff at 407-363-9939 or 888-327-2745.