Dog Bite Attorney in Tampa
About Florida’s “Strict Liability” Dog Bite Laws
Florida law holds dog owners responsible for the actions of their pets. This is called “strict liability” and means you can seek compensation after a serious dog bite. In Tampa, victims have the right to pursue compensation whether they were lawfully on private property or in a public place during the attack. However, these laws are subject to statutory limitations, and you may not be adequately compensated without the help of an attorney.
This is what “strict liability” means for you:
- It doesn’t matter if the dog bit someone before
- It doesn’t matter if the dog was on or off a leash
- You don’t have to be bitten; property damage merits a claim too
- If you were partially responsible, you can still seek damages
How to Get Compensation for Animal Attacks
At Darrigo & Diaz, our Tampa personal injury lawyers provide skilled legal representation for victims of dog attacks, as well as their families. If you or someone you love suffered an injury in a dog attack, you have the right to seek compensation. Depending on the specifics of your case, we can help you get compensated for:
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Lost wages / lost earning capacity
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Physical pain and suffering
Pain isn’t just physical. Many of our clients are traumatized by the mauling, and they face emotional suffering as well as physical pain. In fact, it isn’t unusual for dog attack victims to experience PTSD and to develop a lifetime fear of dogs after an attack. At our firm, we help victims pursue compensation for all of the losses they have suffered.
Dog Owners and Homeowners’ or Renters’ Insurance
You may be wondering how a dog owner can afford to compensate you for the harm you have experienced in a dog attack. You may be hesitant to take legal action against someone you know as a neighbor, family member, or friend. Without compensation, though, you may have difficulty paying medical expenses related to your injury.
You should know that homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policies usually provide coverage that pays for the injuries caused by a dog bite. As personal injury lawyers, we thoroughly investigate the facts of your case, including all options available to you. If an insurance policy provides coverage, we will help you take appropriate action.
What to Expect During a Dog Bite Claim or Lawsuit
With the help of our legal team, you can pursue justice through a civil claim or lawsuit, if necessary. Unlike some firms, the Tampa injury lawyers at Darrigo & Diaz aren’t afraid to take your case to court. If your case moves toward litigation, it will most likely go to the Hillsborough County Circuit Court (County Civil Division), if the case involves less than $15,000 in damages. Cases involving more than $15,000 go to the Circuit Civil Division.
Remember: time is limited when it comes to seeking compensation for personal injuries. In Florida, the dog bite statute of limitations is four years; however, the faster you seek justice the sooner you can get the money you need for your medical expenses and other damages. Don’t wait. Contact a Tampa personal injury attorney from Darrigo & Diaz today. You don’t pay us until we win your case, and initial consultations are always free.
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