Dog Bites

In the United States there are about 4.5 million dog bites each year, of which a total of 885,000 will require some type of medical treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds that approximately 30,000 dog bite injury victims need to have reconstructive surgery. Since about half of all dog bite cases seen in the ER each year are children, the idea of injuries serious enough to warrant reconstructive surgery are distressing to all parties. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation from the owner of the dog to cover the expense of your medical treatment, replace lost wages, and other related expenses.

Statistically, dog bite accidents occur far more frequently than a dog owner would imagine or expect. With the unpredictable ability to attack at any given moment, Florida residents must identify the potential dangers that exist when it comes to both owning and interacting with a dog. At the Law Office of Rick Terrana, we have the experience it takes to handle dog bite cases that involve:

  • Tampa dog attacks
  • Injury to a child
  • Injury requiring hospitalization
  • Injury requiring multiple reconstructive surgeries
  • Mauling
  • Facial scarring
  • Wrongful death

Dog bite injury cases are a matter of strict liability. If a dog attacks and injures someone, the owner is responsible even if he or she did not know that the dog was dangerous. The insurance company will try to reach a quick settlement with the injured party, with their ultimate goal being avoidance of responsibility for future medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages that may develop. This is a trap that an injured person MUST try to avoid!

Determining the value of a claim for personal injury due to a dog bite is complicated. It requires that the injury be evaluated in both nature and overall extent. One must also factor economic losses and the issue of liability into the potential dog attack claim. Since the insurance companies have experience in evaluating personal injury claims and will seek to obtain the lowest settlement possible, it is important to have an attorney with considerable experience in your corner.

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite or a dog attack, call the Law Office of Rick Terrana at 813.874.0522 to discuss the specifics of your case. Rick Terrana will work your case on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe no attorney fees unless he obtains compensation on your behalf.

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