Dogs have a well earned reputation as ‘man’s best friend’, but when left to roam and wander without a leash they can pose a serious public health threat. Even a dog you are familiar with, such as one owned by a neighbor or family friend, can attack given the right set of circumstances. In these situations, the pain and emotional trauma you experience is likely to be severe, and can result in permanent scarring and disabilities. At the Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., we represent victims of dog bites and attacks. With over 30 years combined experience, our lawyers act as a strong legal advocate on your behalf, helping to hold irresponsible pet owners accountable so you can get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.
Helping You Recover from Dog Bite Injuries
Dogs are excellent companions and can provide a sense of security for their owners. However, they can be very possessive of both their property and the people they love. Even the most gentle and well trained animal may attack when confused, scared, threatened, injured, or hungry. According to the Florida Department of Health, thousands of people suffer from dog bites each year, with young children being among those most at risk, and more than 600 of these injuries end up being severe enough as to require in-patient hospital care. In addition to causing scratches, abrasions and puncture wounds, dog bites can result in the following:
- Diseases, such as rabies or tetanus;
- Infections, caused by dirt and bacteria;
- Permanent scarring, and the need for plastic surgery;
- Torn muscles and tendons, resulting in a loss of mobility;
- Crushing injuries, resulting in damage to limbs and body organs;
- Emotional trauma caused by the attack, which can result in anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.
At the Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., we provide the legal guidance you need to hold negligent dog owners accountable. While you focus on your recovery, we work to get you compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses.
We Hold Negligent Dog Owners Accountable
Dog owners in Fort Pierce are required to have their dogs on a leash at all times, and must keep them contained and under control in their homes or apartments. Under Chapter 767 of the Florida Statutes, those who fail to do this can be held liable for any damages caused when their dog bites or attacks someone else.
Dog bites may be covered under a homeowner’s insurance policy, but these companies are notorious for attempting to deny or undervalue claims. Our Fort Pierce dog bite lawyers can help you in negotiating a settlement, while advising you on your rights in seeking compensation for your current costs and any ongoing expenses through a personal injury lawsuit.
We Can Assist You Today
At the Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., we are dedicated to providing outstanding legal service to our clients, so that you can get the maximum amount of compensation you need to recover in your claim. Reach out and call or contact our lawyers online today and request a consultation to see how we can help you.