With over 20 years of experience in personal injury cases, Winters & Yonker knows the challenges people face from dog bites and other animal-related injuries. The Winters & Yonker team will help you step-by-step through the personal injury process. From the early stages of initial discovery through the very last details of your case. The dedicated team of professionals understand the difficult situations that arise and are here to guide you through these tough times with the best personal injury legal help.
If you or a loved one were hurt in a dog bite attack, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other expenses related to the accident including your pain and suffering. Many people are unaware of the rights they have after incurring dog bite injuries. The dedicated attorneys at Winters & Yonker are committed to ensuring that you are fairly compensated for your dog bite accident. Our experienced personal injury attorneys in Tampa will fight for you!
What happens if a dog bites you?
When you have been bit by someone else’s dog there are two things that are extremely important.
It’s crucial to clean the wound and the surrounding area thoroughly with soap and hot water to minimize your risk. This is to preventing possible infections or diseases in addition to getting rid of any dirt, debris or bacteria that might be in the wound. It’s also important to wash your hands after you’ve been exposed to the dog and dog bite. You should also keep the wound elevated so that it doesn’t become constricted by clothing. If the dog bite is more serious, you can use antibiotic ointment and bandages to prevent infection and to keep the wound clean. You will then want to visit with a doctor or a medical health professional to look at your injuries. The bacteria found in dog bites can lead to serious infections.
Dog bite injuries can be more than physically damaging. These accidents can affect victims both emotionally and financially.
Note, it is important to report the dog bite along with any information on the dog and/or its owner. It is always a good idea to document the bite through videos or photographs. This documentation is crucial to have if there is a case opened on your behalf.
It’s important to contact a qualified Tampa personal injury attorney as soon as possible. This is to help you collect fair compensation and guide you through the legal process including dealing with insurance companies.
Who is at fault for a dog bite?
You or your lawyer will need to prove two main elements:
- The dog bite caused injuries.
- The attack happened lawfully on the property.
If a dog attacks someone and causes them injury, the dog’s owner will more than likely be held legally responsible. It’s important to know who can be held legally responsible for any damage caused by the dog even if the owner wasn’t the one who was holding or watching the dog when the accident happened. The owner of a vicious dog has the potential to be charged with a criminal offense and potentially end up in jail! This is all subject to the dog bite accident, the severity of the damages and several other factors. Due to the variety of factors that play a role in dog bite cases this is exactly why consulting with a personal dog bite injury lawyer is pertinent to you and your case.
Dog bite liability
In the vast majority of dog bite cases, action is taken against the dog’s owner. The degree of owner liability varies from case to case. Depending on the details, homeowners’ policies almost always cover dog bites. In fact, dog bites are sometimes covered in automobile policies if the injury was sustained inside the owner’s car, truck or additional vehicle. Florida pet owners also have the option to purchase a separate animal insurance policy to protect from liability in the event of a dog bite. Knowing if the owner of the dog in the dog bite accident has an animal insurance policy is crucial for you and your case.
Damages dog bite claims in Florida cover
When consulting with your personal injury lawyer, they will work with you to find out if you are entitled to collect damages for:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of wages
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Physical Therapy
- Post-traumatic conditions
- Other damages related to the incident
The Winters & Yonker team understands how traumatic and financially costly a dog bite injury can be. At Winters & Yonker, we understand all that comes with your dog bite injury and accident. We have represented hundreds of victims of serious dog bites throughout the state of Florida.
We are committed to helping you maintain good relations with anyone involved with your accident. The Winters & Yonker team are here to ensure you collect everything that is fair while helping ensure your case does not have negative, lasting financial consequences for anyone involved. Our team will focus on the insurance companies to compensate you for your injuries so you can focus on what matters most, you getting back to your normal life.
Contact Your Tampa Dog Bite Lawyer
It’s important to note, the law limits the amount of time you have to take action. Contact a Tampa dog bite lawyer at Winters & Yonker today to see how to proceed with your dog bite case. For a free initial consultation, call our office at 813-223-6200.