Dog Bites

Personal Injury Dog Bites

Injured by a Dog Bite

Let an Expert Dog Bite Attorney Help You in Clay County

Dogs are a popular and well-loved pet all over the world, and dogs are seen nearly everywhere, both as pets and as therapeutic companions. Although well-trained dogs are seldom a source of danger, there are still many cases of dog bite injuries annually.  If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you will probably need medical care that will cost money and take time. If the injury is serious, you may also miss work. The law firm of Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux, PA of Clay County, understands that dog bites can be a source of expense and distress to those who are victims. Our skilled attorneys are equipped to evaluate and argue your case.

Florida Dog Bite Law

The state of Florida is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. This means that the owner of a dog is legally liable if the dog should bite someone, regardless of the surrounding circumstances. All that the victim needs to show is that he was not acting in an unlawful manner at the time of the bite. In other words, he wasn’t committing a robbery or trespassing on the dog owner’s property However, comparative fault does apply, and the victim’s compensation claim can be reduced by an amount that is found to be in proportion to any liability he may have.

Common Dog Bite Injuries

Dogs use their claws and teeth to defend themselves against perceived threats, and these are usually the source of injury in a dog bite.  Dogs like to play in the dirt, and they don’t wear shoes. They also don’t usually brush and floss their teeth, so their claws and teeth are dirty and laden with bacteria.  This is a potential source of infection, which can spread deep into the tissue and even the bone, causing osteomyelitis. Dog bites may also cause scarring or damage to nerves. Some of these injuries may require extensive medical care over a long period of time. The law firm of Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux, PA of Clay County are experienced in the area of dog bite cases and know what to investigate to build a successful outcome for your case.

Potential Liability of a Third Party

In some dog bite cases, a third party may be held liable for the bite injury.  This may include a dog sitter or a family or person who is caring for the dog while the owner is gone. Even a landlord who has a tenant who owns a dog that bites someone may be held liable. These parties may hold insurance policies that can be a source of compensation in a dog bite injury lawsuit.

Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With an Expert Dog Bite Attorney in Clay County Today

If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, call to schedule a free consultation with an expert dog bite attorney in Clay County today.  The law firm of Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux, PA and its expert legal staff understand the seriousness of a dog bite injury and the type of post-injury care you’ll need.  We are dedicated to being your advocate.  Give us a call at 904-284-2970 and let us represent you.

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