At the Law Offices of Cohn & Smith, P.A., we understand that dog bites often involve a family member, friend or acquaintance. This can make pursuing your legal options difficult, but we handle your case with compassion and understanding. We work with the dog owner or the applicable insurance company to obtain the compensation you deserve.Seeking compensation when you have been hurt by an animal
Florida law provides several grounds for liability in an animal attack. In sum, they are:
- Negligence. If the owner of an animal acts without the kind of care a reasonably prudent person would exercise in similar circumstances, he or she may be found negligent. For example, allowing an aggressive dog access to a newborn baby may result in a charge of negligence.
- Negligence per se. A victim may recover compensation if a dog bite happened because the dog owner violated a statute, ordinance or regulation enacted for the public’s safety. A common example of this is the violation of a leash law.
- Scienter, or one-bite rule. This rule provides that you can recover compensation from the owner or keeper of a dog that has bitten you and previously bitten another person — and that you were aware of the dog’s prior conduct.
Though a dog bite or animal attack case may seem simple, the issues are quite complex and often involve questions of insurance coverage and a host of other legal concerns. In all dog bite and animal attack cases, having our personal injury lawyers investigate the accident, preserve any evidence and carefully evaluate your injuries is crucial.What type of injuries result from an animal attack?
If an animal has bitten you, it is essential that you seek legal help because bites can result in:
- Contraction of a disease
- Permanent scarring
- Emotional trauma
- Broken bones
- Loss of limb
If you or a loved one is bitten, you should immediately seek medical attention. Contact a dog bite lawyer in Pembroke Pines to assist you with seeking your legal remedies.Contact a Pembroke Pines Dog Bite Attorney for a free initial consultation in Broward and northern Dade counties
If you are the victim of a dog bite or other animal attack, the attorneys at Cohn & Smith are ready to help. Contact us at (954) 687-0503 or online to schedule your free initial consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no fees or costs unless we win your case.