As Florida dog bite lawyers we understand that dog bite claims often leave a victim both emotionally and physically scared. Often the traumatic experience is not over even after one has healed from their physical wounds. The medical costs of treating injuries such as those sustained in a dog attack or bite can quickly escalate, more so if the victim must undergo reconstructive plastic surgery. Many are unaware that seeking medical treatment does not mean that a victim must put themselves in a financially compromising situation in order to obtain such treatment, even more so should the victim not have medical coverage. What dog bit victims are commonly unaware of is that per Florida Statute 767.04 the owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.
If you are ever found on the receiving end of a vicious dog bite, the first and foremost important thing is to seek quality medical treatment. Once a victim is in a stable condition, the victim can and should seek proper representation and retain a dog bite insurance claims attorney. Such an attorney is able to research whether or not the property that the victim was attacked in has insurance and covers such claims. Making a dog bite claim to an insurance company is not so much different than filing any other type of claim. The main components for filing these types of claims are presentation, transmittal of medical evidence, and a demand for payment based on a reasonable evaluation of the losses sustained by the victim.
If you find that the property in which you sustained a dog bite was in fact covered by insurance, you should keep in mind that most insurance policies carry provisions that cover medical expenses, wage loss, and pain and suffering. Although the initial filing of a dog bite claim may be very much similar in such aspects as to the filing of any other claim, the handling and processing of such a claim can be quite complicated. It is a dedicated Miami dog bite claims attorney who can negotiate and present this claim to the insurance adjuster and advise him or her of the evidence, medical records and present the claim in a manner that strengthens your case to ensure a fare and final settlement. Retaining a knowledgeable attorney can make a significant difference in the amount that your claim settles for as a result of how he or she structures the claim. After the victim’s attorney has structured the claim in an appropriate manner, the attorney will then push for settlement when it has been made clear to the adjuster of liability and of the nature and extent of injuries. It is then that the attorney will submit a demand on the victim’s behalf in an effort to provide to the victim the much needed compensation for medical expenses, and any and all losses that are commonly sustained by being involved in such an unfortunate event.
Should you or any one you know have become a victim to a dog bite or attack please feel free to call our law firm which is dedicated to fighting these claims at the number listed below. Miami-Dade dog bite lawyers are here to assist you 24/7. We can be reached at 305-764-9907or 1888-413-8353