Summertime is here and the number of dog bite claims seems to skyrocket when it gets hot out. As the most trusted personal injury lawyers in Miami when it comes to dog bite cases, we know that one of the stickiest areas of personal injury law is liability dog bite cases: There are a relatively large number of variables involved in cases where a dog injures a person and it can matter whether the victim was bitten on public property or private property.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a dog bite, there are a few things you should know in order to maximize the chances of receiving compensation. The team of expert Miami lawyers is here for you to help you during such an uncomfortable time. Dog bite law is covered under animal attack injuries and is included in the specialty area for Englander Peebles called “personal injury cases.
The name of the game with dog bite cases is proving negligence since generally, animal attack cases are considered a type of premises liability case. If you are seeking damages for a dog bite injury sustained on someone else’s property, you must show four things:
- That the property owner owed you a reasonable duty of care
- That they neglected to do that
- That this was responsible directly causing the injury
- And the extent of your injuries
In case you didn’t know, it’s not just other people’s dogs that can bite you, the owners of dogs- even cute ones- get bitten too! Dog experts say that just like their human pet parents, many dogs can be irritable in the heat and grumpy when another dog or person gets in their space. As we all head outdoors in Miami to catch some sun, dogs are being potentially put in more social-gathering situations where they aren’t always super comfortable.
According to The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) any dog can bite- even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest dog can bite if provoked. Big or small, male or female, young or old, dogs will bite as a reaction to something. Just like a human, if a dog finds itself in a stressful situation, it may bite to defend itself or its territory. Here are some other reasons that dogs bite in Miami:
- Because they are scared or have been startled. They can bite because they feel threatened. They can bite to protect something that is valuable to them, like their puppies, their food, or a toy.
- Because they aren’t feeling well. They could be sick or sore due to injury or illness and might want to be left alone.
- Because they are playing: Even though nipping during play might be fun for the dog, it can be dangerous for people. It’s a good idea to avoid wrestling or playing tug-of-war with your dog. These types of activities can make your dog overly excited, which may lead to a nip or a bite.
You can learn to protect yourself and read the signs and indicators of a grumpy dog, which are pinned-back ears, tight lips, a tucked tail, stiff body, and heavy panting.
Choose The Best Dog Bite Lawyers in Miami
Choose the dog bite lawyers who are committed to outstanding customer service and getting results. At Englander Peebles we know how quickly a dog bite victim can feel like they have been reduced to a claim number, so we go the extra mile to ensure you get the personal attention you deserve.
Our team of lawyers has a few other things you should know in order to maximize the chances of receiving compensation for a dog bite. You should always get medical treatment! If you don’t get medical treatment, then it is easy for the defendant to paint the picture that you aren’t injured. Don’t stop the medical treatment either!
Be consistent, don’t try to be a super-hero, get treatment at the time of the accident, and visit your doctor regularly for follow-ups. Do this, while also keeping good medical records. Successful dog bite mediation boils down to the quality of your lawyer and what you provide as proof. The more you can provide the better we can prepare as part of our legal argument. You can help us win in your favor with more exhibits and convincing proof you bring to the table, the more likely you are to get a large settlement.
Most personal injury cases come with strict timelines, so act now! Provide prompt notice if you need to make a claim to ensure compensation. We will take the time to answer all your questions and explain what to expect. And you can trust that we will always be available to talk when you need us.