Williston Dog Bite Lawyer
We’ve all heard dogs described as “man’s best friend,” and that rings true for many. However, this bond makes it easy for the owners to put blinders on, especially when it comes to their dogs’ precarious behavior and nature. The owner might even have a dangerous dog on their hands and not know it until it attacks and bites another person.
If you or a loved one was hurt in a dog attack, a Williston dog bite lawyer with Meldon Law can help you. Dog bite cases aren’t always cut and dried, and that’s why you could benefit from the skills, experience, and knowledge we can bring to your case. We’ll treat you like family and ensure you understand the entirety of the legal process so that you never feel uncertain about your next steps. Call (352) 373-8000 to learn more.
What Makes the Williston Dog Bite Lawyers From Meldon Law Stand Out?
The most important thing to know is how much our personal injury firm CARES. We offer:
- C- Compassion
- A- Accountability
- R- Reliability
- E- Excellence
- S- Success-driven results
Meldon Law is dedicated to serving the people that make our communities great. We truly believe that serving injury victims is not just a job—it’s a calling. To us, you’re not another case file. You’re a member of our legal team’s family.
How Our Personal Injury Attorneys Can Lead Your Dog Bite Case
If we decide to work together, you can expect us to:
- Review the incident report
- Speak to witnesses
- Quantify your economic and non-economic damages
- Gather relevant medical records
- Communicate with the other party and their representatives
- Prove the other party’s negligence and/or liability
- Handle settlement negotiations
- Fight for your right to compensation at trial, if needed
You will be involved in your case just as much as we are. With that, we will keep you up to date on every detail during the legal process.
Some clients who come to us prefer to speak Spanish. That’s not a problem—we have members on staff who are bilingual.
How Much It Costs to Team Up With Our Williston Lawyers
We understand that you may be under a lot of unexpected financial stress following a dog bite incident. The team at Meldon Law doesn’t want to add to any of it, so allow us to take your case on contingency.
Under this fee structure, we assume all case-related costs and don’t require any upfront fees from you. Your attorney will only collect payment if and when they secure a favorable outcome—whether that’s via an insurance settlement or court award. You’ll have nothing to lose when you work with us.
Types of Damages You Can Secure in a Williston Dog Bite Case
You deserve financial recovery to start rebuilding your life after the dog bite incident. Meldon Law will not back down from recovering the compensation you need. You can rely on us to take on your fight like it was our own—whether that’s inside or outside the courtroom.
What you went through and what damages you can collect are unique to your situation. However, common forms of compensation dog bite injury victims qualify for include:
- Past and ongoing medical care costs
- Lost income
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Pain and suffering
Tragically, dog bites can lead to fatal injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, facial and throat injuries, and infections. If you lost a loved one to such an event, we offer our most heartfelt condolences. Although nothing can fill their absence, compensation can help you move forward and grieve in peace. Our wrongful death attorneys can pursue financial recovery for their burial and funeral costs, final medical bills, and loss of consortium and financial support.
We Understand the Relevant Dog Bite Laws in Florida
Dog bite cases can be particularly nuanced and, as a result, require extensive knowledge of Florida law. We at Meldon Law are Gainesville, Florida, natives and an official law firm partner of the Florida Gators.
Our team knows Florida law like the back of our hand. Here’s a quick overview of two of the most important ones to be familiar with when it comes to dog bite cases:
Florida Is a Strict Liability State for Dog Bites
According to Florida Statutes § 767.04, whether on public or private property, dog owners are solely liable for any injuries their dogs inflict on others. This law applies regardless of if the owner suspected the dog would bite. With that, victims of dog bites don’t have to prove the owner’s negligence.
The only exceptions to this statute include:
- The dog bite victim was illegally trespassing on the property.
- The dog owner warned others about the dog by posting a sign reading “Bad Dog,” unless the victim was six years old or younger.
- The dog bite victim was allegedly partially at fault.
The dog owner may accuse you of contributing to your accident, but leave it to our attorneys to protect your right to compensation and establish the owner’s failure to keep you safe.
Florida Allows Two Years to File a Dog Bite Injury Lawsuit
According to Florida Statutes § 95.11, you have up to two years to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the other party. This deadline can fluctuate based on the age of the victim and who’s responsible, though.
In any case, we encourage you to get in touch with our firm as soon as possible. Missing the deadline could jeopardize your right to pursue compensation.
Meldon Law Will Not Back Down From Pursuing Your Williston Dog Bite Case
It’s time to bring the negligent dog owner to justice after they failed to protect you from their pet. Allow our Williston personal injury lawyer to handle all aspects of your case while you recover. Call Meldon Law today at (352) 373-8000 and begin your free consultation.