Providing Legal Help For Dog Bite Victims

Dogs can be personal guards and trusted friends. Many Floridians have dogs, and most dog owners love their dogs like children. A dog bite, however, can be a frightening experience for anyone and can have traumatic — even deadly — consequences. If a dog has bitten or otherwise attacked you or your child, it is imperative to retain competent legal counsel if you want to recover compensation for your medical expenses and emotional trauma.

Attorney Maria Gerber is experienced and provides her clients with personal, yet aggressive representation. Our staff provides personal service and support to clients and can help dog bite victims obtain economic recovery for their damages through aggressive legal representation in court, in investigations and in negotiations.

What To Do If A Dog Bites You

If a dog bites you, be sure you can identify the animal. Being bit by a stray dog may mean a series of painful rabies shots. A bite from a rabid dog will kill the victim if the victim does not treat rabies quickly. Do not try to yank away from the dog, because it will simply bite down harder. Seek medical attention immediately.

If a dog bites you and someone owns that dog, you may be able to receive compensation. Compensation may be important to pay for medical bills, cosmetic surgery and reimbursement for lost income, as well as pain and suffering.

Once you are able, you should try to determine the full name of the dog's rightful owner, as well as the owner's contact information, including address and phone number. This information is necessary to determine if insurance coverage exists and the amount of coverage available.

If the dog's owner is insured, you may receive a call from an insurance agent. If an insurance agent calls, make sure you get the following information:

  • The name, address and telephone number of the insurance company
  • The claim number
  • The name of the insured person

You should not:

  • Discuss anything else involving money
  • Accept any money or any money offer
  • Set up an appointment
  • Write a memo or a letter
  • Allow anyone to photograph you
  • Permit anyone to tape record you
  • Discuss who is responsible

Dog Bite Prevention Tips

These suggestions may help you avoid a dog bite:

  • Never pet a dog without asking the owner's permission. If the owner gives the OK, approach the dog slowly, and let the dog sniff your hand. Only then should you pet the dog.
  • Never try to pet a dog sitting in its owner's car. Dogs are very protective of their space, as well as their owners' space.
  • Never approach a dog that is sleeping or eating. If a dog is startled or frightened, it will be more likely to bite.
  • Never pet a dog that is behind a fence. A fenced dog will most likely bite because it is defending its territory and protecting its owner's property.
  • Never pet a dog that is playing with a toy. The dog may think you are trying to take the toy and may become aggressive.

It is easy to forget that dogs are animals because they are pets that live in our homes, and we consider them family members. They are animals, however, and their behavior can sometimes be unpredictable and dangerous. The most important lesson when dealing with strange dogs is to use common sense.

Contact Gerber Law In Sarasota And Venice Today

No case is too big or too small, and Gerber Law treats every client with understanding and respect. Maria Gerber is herself a personal injury victim, so she understands what her clients are going through. If another person's dog has bitten you or your child, you need a Sarasota injury lawyer who offers personal, yet aggressive representation.

Contact Gerber Law today for a free consultation at 866-233-4529 if you have been the victim of a dog bite. Unlike large companies, Ms. Gerber treats her clients in a personal and caring way. You will always work directly with a lawyer. Gerber Law serves the southwest coast of Florida.