St. Petersburg Dog Bite Lawyer
An unexpected animal assault can be frightening. It can attack without warning and leave you with terrible personal injuries. It can affect your family members, children, or even you. There is a risk of physical damage and sickness regardless of whether the animal was mistreated, violent, or wild. While there are situations where the animal was provoked, attacks during typical interactions with the animal or without provocation significantly outweigh them. The following are the most common personal injuries sustained as a result of a dog attack:
- Head and neck bites, hands and forearms bite, legs and feet bites. These can be extremely deadly since the animal may have rabies, or the bite may sever a major artery.
- Face cuts and lacerations, as well as upper extremity lacerations.
- Face bruising and abrasions, as well as upper and lower extremities.
Suppose you have experienced severe injury after being attacked by a dog; our St. Petersburg dog bite lawyers can help. Our skilled attorneys have the personal injury and animal control law experience you need to help you through the legal system, figure out where you should go for compensation, and receive what you need and deserve. If you cannot travel – for example, if you are recovering in a hospital or at home and cannot travel, we will come to you and conduct a free initial consultation. Speak with a Steinger, Greene & Feiner St. Petersburg personal injury attorney to discuss your lawsuit. Visit us or call us: 360 Central Ave Suite 800, St Petersburg 33701, (727) 346-6039, and speak to an attorney today for a free consultation.
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If another person’s dog bites you, you may experience severe and low injuries both. If the injuries are serious, the medical bills can take a heavy load on your pocket; not only that, but doctor appointment fees, transportation fees (from home to hospital), and lost wages can make your situation even worse. In cases of a dog bite, the dog owner is entirely responsible by default for the dog’s actions. If they are homeowners, compensation will most likely be paid out of their insurance after a personal injury claim.
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Our dog bite lawyer in St. Petersburg can help facilitate these lawsuit processes, assuring that your claim is filed on time and properly with accurate paperwork and serving as your lawyer if the animal owner refuses to compensate you or the insurance company denies your claim on a technicality. The best way to know what compensation you will get is by contacting our lawyer as soon as possible. Our firm’s qualified and experienced attorney can determine where compensation will come from, assure that your documents are in the proper order, that you are receiving the correct amount of compensation if you must rely on your own insurance, that a settlement offer made after a lawsuit has begun reasonable, and, if necessary, represent you in court to obtain the justice you deserve. Read St. Petersburg dog bite lawyer reviews.
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Although the law states that you are entitled to compensation following a dog bite, you must pursue your claim on your own. Many insurance companies and many landlords and dog owners are hesitant to admit blame and agree to compensate victims. Even when an insurer does not refuse a claim, many of which are valid, victims are under pressure to compensate for less than the claim is worth.
You can’t take a chance on trying to get an insurer to appropriately reimburse you for a dog bite, especially if your injuries are severe and require expensive plastic surgery or other treatments. You are qualified to compensate for your losses, and you need the assistance of an attorney. We are here for you. Our attorneys have represented more than 300 hundred victims, and we have helped many dogs bite victims get their losses covered.
We have the knowledge to help and the compassion to care enough about your case to treat it with the deserved importance. We also aim to give you peace of mind by charging no fees for legal services unless we recover compensation for you. We are here to assist you with every step of recovering monetary damages after a dog bite; contact us now at (727) 346-6039 for a free consultation.
Most Common Questions Asked About Dog Bite Lawsuits
What Should I Do If I Have Been Bitten?
If a dog bites you, you should report the occurrence to the authorities as soon as possible. You should also seek medical assistance, documenting any receipts for medication, travel expenses to medical appointments, and any private care you may have. We also recommend that you photograph your injury as soon as possible after the incident and document any scarring that occurs. These images can be used as proof to support your argument. It would be helpful if you could also collect the dog’s owner’s name and address, as they are responsible for keeping the dog under control. Additionally, you should gather the information of any witnesses who witnessed the incident, as their testimonies can be used as evidence.
Most dogs are insured, so any compensation will be paid for by the dog owner’s pet insurer if you are successful in your case. To make a dog bite claim, all you have to do is contact our St. Petersburg dog bite lawyers, who will provide a consultation to discuss what happened and if you may be eligible for compensation. We suggest getting in touch as fast as possible to start looking into your case.
Is there a time limit for claiming an animal attack?
The time limit for claiming an injury arising as a result of an animal attack is three years from the date of the accident; however, in the case of injury to a child, they have until their 21st birthday. Court proceedings must be issued against the defendant by either the third anniversary of the accident or the 21st birthday in the case of a child. Therefore, it is essential to seek specialist legal assistance at the earliest opportunity.
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Will, I’ve to go to court to claim compensation?
Your personal dog bite attorney will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case. Most dog bite compensation claims are settled out-of-court –your St. Petersburg dog bite attorney will negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you. But if a court hearing is necessary, our St. Petersburg dog bite lawyers will try their best to support your claim with evidence and witnesses so that you can receive a high amount of compensation.
What Can Compensation Pay For?
Because each dog attack case is unique, there is no standard amount of compensation that you will receive. The amount of compensation you receive will be determined by your circumstances, the severity of your injuries, and the long-term consequences of your actions. We’ll consider a variety of criteria to determine how much compensation you’re entitled to.
- Expenses including travel expenses to medical appointments, medical equipment, and things that help with practical day-to-day living.
- Loss of earnings to cover any time you have had off work and time off you need in the future. This amount of payment can also cover matters such as not returning to the same role or not returning to work.
- Pain and suffering caused by injury or illness.
- Rehabilitation to help provide the necessary rehabilitation for your recovery and well-being.
- Care to provide for any care and support you may need.
Stages of a Dog Bite Lawsuit
When you call us, you’ll speak with a member of our friendly team who will discuss your injury with you. This initial consultation is free, and we’ll then advise you on the best course our investigators will dig deep into your case, obtaining information from several witnesses, security cameras, and independent medical professionals.
We’ll enlist the help of medical professionals to determine how your injuries have affected your health and to recommend the care you’ll require in the future to ensure the best possible recovery. We’ll always endeavor to settle claims outside of court to keep the claim procedure as brief as possible. However, if your opponent refuses to acknowledge responsibility or agrees to the amount of compensation we believe you require, we will file a lawsuit.
Even after trial dates are set, cases are frequently settled before going to court for your claim. Contact people accountable for your injuries, we’ll contact people responsible for your accident as soon as possible to see if they accept responsibility for what occurred. We’ll try to get some of your compensation upfront if they take responsibility, so you can pay for private medical care and expenditures while your claim is being processed. Interim payments, as they are known, will be deducted from your final compensation award.