If a dog has bitten you, you might wonder if you have the legal right to sue its owner. In the Sunshine State, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for any dog bite injury—barring some exceptions, such as if the person bit provoked the dog. That means the owner is responsible for compensating you for your medical bills, future medical bills related to the bite, and any pain and suffering you might have experienced. All that matters to recover compensation is that the dog bit you.
However, getting compensation isn’t as easy as just walking up to the person and asking for it. It does take the work of an experienced personal injury lawyer in Hernando County, FL. By working with a law firm, they will notify the owner of the dog or anyone else liable for the injury of your intent to sue. Your attorney will then continue the process by assisting you with the following:
- Finding Any Applicable Insurance Coverage That May Cover Your Injury
- Sending Photos of Your Injuries to the Insurance Adjuster
- Sending Copies of Your Medical Records & Bills to the Insurance Adjuster
- Negotiating a Settlement or, If Need Be, Taking Your Case to Trial