A dog bite can be a terrifying injury. Dogs often bite people when they are scared, provoked or startled. A dog's premolars, located behind their canine teeth, have sharp edges used to tear meat. Unfortunately, sometimes a dog's teeth can tear into you. If you've suffered a dog bite injury in South Florida, first seek medical attention. Then, call the experienced dog bite lawyers at Bottari & Doyle – we don't get paid unless you win!

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What To Do After a Dog Bite in South Florida

  1. Call 911. If your injury is serious, it may require medical attention.
  2. Wash and clean the wound with soap and water.
  3. Apply an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin.
  4. Apply a bandage.
  5. Visit your doctor to get a tetanus shot.
  6. Take prescribed oral and topical antibiotics to prevent an infection.
  7. Take photos of the dog bites.

Your doctor will likely prescribe an antibiotic like amoxicillin and a topical ointment such as mupirocin. Roughly half of all dog bites introduce bacteria including staphylococcus and streptococcus. These medications can prevent an infection or hinder an infection from spreading. A tetanus shot might be considered because the saliva could be contaminated from soil.

Do I need a lawyer for a dog bite injury in Florida?

After the doctor's visit, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney if you were bitten by someone else's dog. In Florida, dog bites are strict liability. This means that the attorney simply has to show that you were bitten by someone else's dog to win the case and recover money for you. This makes it much more likely that an attorney will be able to prevail on your case than in more difficult, slip and fall or auto accident cases, which require a showing of negligence.

Documenting a Dog Bite

If at all possible, take pictures of your wounds before they are treated in order to more accurately document the harm done. Make sure to document all injuries that come with the bite, including visible injuries and the effects of those injuries, such as pain, decreased mobility, and inability to perform certain functions. This documentation can be in the form of photos, journal entries, medical records, and other written records. Additionally, soon after the incident, write down the events and circumstances surrounding the incident with as much detail as you can remember.

Dog Bites and Insurance Companies

After a dog bite, you may be dealing with an insurance company or a potential lawsuit. It's generally recommended to keep track of all correspondence you have with others about the accident, including witnesses, other parties, and the insurance company. It's very important to keep records of the expenses you incur as a result of the dog bite, such as medical bills, lost wages, and travel costs. The more information you have regarding the incident, the easier it will be to assess how much money you should receive for your injuries. Dog bites may or may not be covered by homeowners and renter's insurance policies. There are policies that have breed exclusions for some of the more aggressive breeds (Pitbulls, German Shephards, Doberman Pinscher). However, there are many policies that do cover dog bites.

Hire a Dog Bite Attorney from Bottari & Doyle, P.A.

You may be entitled to money if you were bitten by someone else's dog. However, it can be difficult to understand which state laws might apply to your situation, the types of compensation you should receive, and the likelihood of achieving a fair settlement. To increase your chances of a successful personal injury lawsuit, it's best to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney for dog bites.

The Delray Beach dog bite attorneys at Bottari & Doyle have extensive experience handling dog bite insurance claims, settlements, and lawsuits across South Florida. Our personal injury lawyers can accurately estimate the amount of compensation a dog bite victim should expect to receive in his or her individual case. These amounts often involve detailed calculations for lost income and earning potential, pain and suffering, and other expenses. We can also assess a client's likelihood for success based on Florida's dog bite laws and the outcomes of similar cases. Finally, the dog bite lawyers at Bottari & Doyle can help deal with the insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement. Remember, the insurance company is not your friend, and they have plenty of experience getting victims to accept low settlement offers.

The personal injury attorneys at Bottari & Doyle will fight for you to make sure you obtain a fair settlement for your case. If you're dealing with a dog bite injury in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, contact us today at 561-588-2781 for a FREE case evaluation.