If you were bitten by a dog in Jacksonville and suffered injuries, you might be eligible to pursue compensation from the pet owner. Under Florida law, pet owners may be held liable for injuries caused by their animals. Pet owners have a duty of care to protect others from bites and attacks, particularly if the owner knows a pet has aggressive tendencies. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to collect evidence and build a case to show how the owner was negligent in a situation that enabled their dog to bite or attack you.
The Jacksonville dog bite lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may fight for compensation by holding the dog owner liable and making them—and potentially their homeowners’ insurance company—pay you for the economic and noneconomic losses you suffered from the attack.
Learn more about our firm and receive a free case evaluation in Jacksonville right away by calling Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 816-0755.
Dog Owners May Be Held Responsible for Bites or Severe Injuries
Under the 2019 Florida Statutes § 767.04, dog owners have strict liability for injuries caused by their pets. This liability exists even in situations where the owner is not aware of the dog’s aggressive tendencies and where the dog has no history of violent behavior.
A Florida dog owner might be held liable for bite injuries that occur in public places or at their private residence. If you were a guest at someone’s house and suffered a bite injury while in their home, we may be able to hold the dog owner liable even though you got attacked on the property where the dog resides. Similarly, having a dog on a leash does not protect an owner from liability if the animal bites or attacks someone in a public place.
Because Florida’s dog bite liability laws tilt so heavily in favor of victims rather than pet owners, it may be a good idea to get an attorney involved early in the process after a bite or attack. Never assume that because of the circumstances surrounding the attack, the owner might not be held liable. There is a much higher chance that the owner owes you at least partial compensation for your dog bite injuries.
A Jacksonville dog bite lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may evaluate your case, determine who was liable and how, and then collect the necessary evidence to get you the compensation you may be entitled to by law.
Your Florida Dog Bite Injury Might Lead to Compensation
You may be eligible for substantial compensation after a Jacksonville dog bite injury. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may take on the responsible party or parties and work to collect the following economic and non-economic awards:
- Medical bills
- Transportation costs
- Lost or reduced wages
- Pain and suffering
For a free legal consultation with an dog bite lawyer serving Jacksonville, call (800) 794-0444
How Our Dog Bite Attorneys Can Fight for You
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can get started on your Florida dog bite injury case right away. Our process allows us to collect the evidence we need to build your claim while striving for a positive outcome and fair compensation.
We may build a case on your behalf by:
Building Your Case
We may gather evidence and organize it into a thorough, cohesive, and compelling argument. We may research the animal’s history and determine if it had exhibited aggressive behavior in the past or if the owner had reason to believe it was capable of attack.
We may also review the circumstances of the bite itself and show how the owner was negligent under Floridian law. We may tabulate economic and noneconomic damages that you have suffered after the dog attack or bite so that we may pursue the owner and their insurer for the appropriate amount.
Filing a Claim
Once we have the evidence we need, we may file a claim demanding compensation from the dog owner and their insurance company. Our goal is to reach an out-of-court settlement that pays you a fair amount since that will allow us to avoid a protracted legal process that could delay your getting paid. However, if the owner or insurance company does not agree to fair or any compensation, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and go before a jury.
Going to Trial
If it becomes necessary to go to court, we will. Our trial lawyers have decades of experience fighting cases in front of juries, and our track record indicates the passion we have for fighting on behalf of our clients. We have won substantial jury awards for dog bite victims and want to make sure you get paid fairly for your injuries.
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Statute of Limitations for Florida Dog Bite Claims
The 2019 Florida Statutes § 713.23 sets a statute of limitations of four years for personal injury cases, including those involving dog bites. The sooner you take action, the less likely you are to encounter issues with the statute, and the faster you may be able to collect fair compensation for your injury. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may get started on your case right away. If necessary, we may file a quick lawsuit to prevent a looming deadline from expiring.
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The Jacksonville dog bite lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can get started on your case right away. We never charge a fee until you get paid. To speak with a member of our staff, call our office at (800) 816-0755.