Tampa Dog Bite Attorney
Were you attacked by a dog?
We at Givens Givens Sparks represent clients injured by dog bites in Tampa, Florida. We are dedicated to seeing that our clients get the medical care and other help they need to fully recover. Dog bites can cause serious injury including disfigurement and death. Worst, most victims are children. If you or a family member has suffered a dog bite accident, you are urged to contact a Tampa personal injury lawyer from our firm to discuss your case.
Overview of Liability in Dog Bite Case
In Florida, dog owners are held strictly liable for bites caused by their dogs regardless of whether they had cause to know of their dog's dangerous tendencies. The exception is where the victim antagonized the dog - there, the negligence will be apportioned between the victim and the dog. For example, if the victim is judged 50% negligent and the dog 50% negligent and the victim has a $10,000 claim, the victim will get $5,000.
Personal Injury Lawyer Representation
The dog bite victim of course needs to get immediate treatment; this may require inoculation against diseases carried by dogs. It is also necessary to identify the dog and his owner. The matter should also be reported to government authorities. Following that, it is important that steps are taken right away to secure the legal representation of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney from our firm. When we take on a case we make a thorough investigation of the case including interviewing of witnesses, as well as contacting the client's doctor to learn of the care the client will need to recover.
Our purpose is for the client to be awarded compensation for medical expenses, hospitalization costs, scar removal costs and any loss of income or lost earning capacity. The client should also be recompensed for emotional trauma and pain and suffering. With our claim in hand, we approach the insurance company to make a diligent effort to settle the case for fair compensation. If the company refuses to cooperate, we are prepared to take the case to court to seek full justice for our client. We urge you to contact us immediately - we need to be at work contacting witnesses before they disappear or their memories fade. There is no attorney fee until we reach settlement or obtain a verdict in court, so contact us today.