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Tampa Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Many people seriously underestimate what a dog can do to a human being. They think dog attacks and dog bite injuries are rare occurrences that don't really affect the victims too badly.

Dog bite injuries may cause serious personal injuries

Nothing could be further from the truth. Aggressive dogs can cause some very serious injuries to their victims, and some of these victims end up losing their lives due to their injuries. Plus, even if you don't die from your dog bite injuries, you may have to spend days or weeks in the hospital, causing your medical bills to skyrocket.

We don't know about you, but we believe that the owner of that dog should be held liable for what their dog did to you. Thankfully, Florida is a "strict liability" state, meaning that a dog owner can be held responsible for any damages the dog inflicted, even if they were unaware of their dog's aggressiveness. Also, Tampa doesn't require you to prove that your injuries were due to an owner's negligence and not your own.

Strict Liability State: Cause of Actions for dog bite injuries

But how can you get the settlement for your personal injury case that you deserve? You can pursue one of four claims, based on the situation:

  1. Negligence - An owner can be found negligent if they failed to afford a level of care that any person in their right mind would provide in the same situation.
  2. Negligence per se - An owner can be held liable for violating statutes that were designed to protect you and the public.
  3. Scienter - This allows the owner to be held liable if they knew that their dog was aggressive or had an extensive bite history.
  4. Intentional tort - If the owner intentionally sent their dog after you, they can be charged with battery for doing so as long as they intended to cause you harm.

All four of these claims are appropriate for getting the settlement you deserve, but there is a catch. Most dog owners in these situations will have their homeowner's insurance take care of the problem, and, as we all know, getting insurance to cough up a settlement is a very hard battle to fight. Not only that, but time does run out. Many of our Tampa dog bite lawyers have had the sad experience of having to tell victims and their families that the statute has expired, and they have run out of time to act.

Thankfully, we at the Coleman Law Group are experienced dog bite injury lawyer that will work with you and help you get the settlement you deserve. Our talented and experienced team is prepared to do everything we can to help you recover damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Call the Coleman Law Group to get a personal injury attorney free consultation from one of our caring and empathetic injury lawyers.

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