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Dog Bite Injury Claims
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, and half of the victims are children. In addition, one in five dog bites results in serious injuries that require medical attention. Furthermore, The Insurance Information Institute and State Farm also states that dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claims paid in 2013.
These statistics have caused many cities to take fairly aggressive measures to prevent these numbers from growing. For example, the Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) got the city to outlaw pitbulls in 2015 after a steep increase in dog maulings, one in 2014 being fatal. With that being said, If you live in the Miami-Dade or South Florida area and were bitten by a dog, you should contact Pennekamp Law today to schedule a FREE consultation with one of our attorneys that specializes in Dog Bite injuries.
Hold Dog Owners Accountable
The important thing to recognize is that a dog is more than just a pet. It is a responsibility that the owner of the dog must accept and be held accountable for, regardless of the cost caused by the dog’s actions. Unfortunately, many of the dog bite injuries reported in the Miami-Dade are from dogs that were raised by their owners to be aggressive. Because of this, we need to hold the dogs’ owners responsible for the violent damage their “pets” cause.
It is important to remember that just because getting compensation for a dog bite may take a little time and effort, it does not mean it’s impossible. If you were bitten by a dog, you are legally entitled to pursue a claim to recover just compensation. It’s the law. By retaining the assistance of one of our experienced attorneys that specializes in dog bite injuries, you will be able to hold the owner of the dog financially responsible for your injuries, costs, and losses you experienced as a result of the bite.
Do Not Wait To Submit Your Case
With strict statute of limitations set on Dog Bite injuries, it is important you quickly seek experienced legal counsel if you have been bitten by a dog. Despite the lack of cooperation you may experience form the Dog’s owner, the team at Pennekamp Law is here to help you in the pursuit of just and financial compensation.
We have experience with the complexities of these personal injury cases relating to dog bite injuries, and can help you gain the money you need to cover the medical costs of your wounds for both now and into the future if necessary. Contact Pennekamp Law today to request a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help you seek a favorable settlement.
Types Of Dog Bite Injuries
An injury can be classified as a dog bite injury if the victim received the injury or incurred a loss as a result of being bitten by a dog. Types of dog bite injuries range in levels from 1 to 6, each measured by the severity of the wound and the aggression of the animal. The 6 levels of dog bites are listed for you below:
- Level 1 – Aggressive behavior with no skin contact by teeth. This is normally a dog that is trying to simply scare a dog or human so that he or she will just go away.
- Level 2 – Skin-contact by teeth but no skin-puncture. This doggie is a little more serious about his aggression. He is willing to take it a step further to let you know that he doesn’t want you there.
- Level 3 – One to four tooth punctures from a single bite with no puncture deeper than half the length of the dog’s canine teeth. At this point, the dog can present a threat to other people and animals. The majority of my aggression cases fall into this level.
- Level 4 – One to four punctures from a single bite with at least one puncture deeper than half the length of the dog’s canine teeth. The person or dog bitten may also have deep bruising around the wound or wounds from the dog shaking its head from side to side. At this level, the red warning flag needs to go up. The dog needs to be kept away from people and other animals until the situation can be assessed by a professional.
- Level 5 – Multiple level 4 bites and/or multiple attacks. This dog is not safe around people or other animals. Prognosis is poor. Many behavior specialists and behaviorists recommend euthanasia because of the danger to others and the poor quality of life the dog would have in solitary confinement.
- Level 6 – The victim (animal or human) is killed in the attack. Fortunately, this is extremely rare.
Pennekamp Law has proudly served hundreds of clients throughout South Florida, including residents of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. With more than half a century of combined experience, our attorneys have been able to help clients in a wide range of accident and injury cases including dog bite injuries. If you have been bitten by somebody else’s dog, you have a right to receive compensation for you pain and losses.
At Pennekamp Law, we are committed to representing the citizens of Miami and Southern Florida that have been bitten by a dog. Our attorneys help victims gain the justice and restitution they deserve for their injuries and losses. If you are suffering physically or financially due to a dog bite, make sure you contact us today to get the compensation you deserve. We suggest you contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation with our dog bite attorney.
You Deserve Compensation
Many people do not realize that they can recover more than just the medical costs to heal the physical damages caused by their dog bite injury. There are additional costs such as health care, therapy, pain, suffering, and other losses that can be paid for by the dog owner’s home owners insurance when legal action is taken. If you were injured by a dog bite, some of the items you are entitled to receive compensation for can include:
- Loss of employment
- Time missed from work
- Interest losses
- Medical bills
- Therapy costs
- Mental suffering
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
Remember, the main goal of the insurance companies is to offer you the lowest payment possible to settle your claim, and make it nearly impossible for you to increase the settlement amount. Our goal is just the opposite – We fight to get you the most amount of compensation and restitution you deserve to live a painless and financially free life, for the rest of your life, despite your injuries.
Regardless of how severe the Dog Bite, Pennekamp Law will provide you with the legal representation you need to get adequately compensated. Our experienced and dedicated legal team will be available to provide you with the knowledgeable counsel and compassionate support you need. Call us today if you would like to share with us the cause and effect of the Dog Bite you experienced and the pain and suffering you have had to endure as a result of it.
We Are Here For You
One of the most difficult requirements we face as attorneys is to place a value on the life and well being of someone who has suffered from a tragedy such as a Dog Bite injury. Pennekamp Law has been able to successfully overcome this challenge, and all of our Dog Bite injury clients we have represented have been generously compensated for their losses as a result.
As an example, we recently had a case involving a Dog Bite incident where our client broke her arm when she fell down a flight of stairs when running away from a loose aggressive dog. Our legal team was able to get her amply compensated for her medical bills, loss of work, all future medical bills, and of course compensation for her pain and suffering. Our purpose is to help our clients in the pursuit of their well being beginning with maximum compensation.
Pennekamp Law has over 50 successful years of combined experience in in cases such as dog bite injury cases and have been listed in Best Lawyers® magazine consecutively over the last ten years. In addition, our firm has received numerous awards for our record breaking settlements and recognition for our uncontested legal victories in court. In summary, you can be confident in our experience and count on us to handle your dog bite injury claim.
Contact Pennekamp Law
We have represented clients injured in a wide range of accidents and can utilize this experience and insight to assist with your case. You can rest assured knowing that our firm always has your best interests in mind. Whether we have to fiercely advocate on your behalf in court or need to tactfully negotiate a settlement with the insurance company, our legal team can do it all.
- We offer free case consultations for our clients
- We have recovered multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients
- We won one of Florida’s largest personal injury settlements
- Our clients do not need to pay unless we secure a recovery for them
- Our clients and our local community are our top priority
- Our clients are treated as family with the utmost respect
If you had a Dog Bite injury in the Southern Florida area, please call us at (305) 998-5595 or submit your case below to schedule your free consultation. After you submit your case, one of our appointment setters will call you to arrange a time for you to meet with your attorney. We will get you the compensation you deserve and are available to speak with you in either English or Spanish.
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