Dog Bites

angrydogTampa Bay Dog Bite Lawyer

A person who keeps or has control of an animal may be liable for personal injury or property damage caused by the animal.  A keeper of an animal is one that “harbors, protects, or shelters” the animal.  It is not necessary that the person is the “owner.”  However, an owner who retains some degree of control over an animal can be liable even if the animal is partly under the care of others.  Normally, the owner of an animal is liable only for negligence if the animal causes injury or property damage. Negligence is the failure to use ordinary care in keeping or controlling the animal.

10 things you can do if you have been injured by a dog or animal

  1. If you have recently been injured by an animal and have not sought medical attention, you should do so immediately.
  2. Immediately report your accident to the police and request a copy of the Police Accident Report.
  3. Try to obtain the name and contact information of the animal owner.  
  4. Try to get the name and contact information of any people who witnessed your accident.
  5. Try to take photographs of the animal which caused your injuries in the location of the accident.
  6. Try to take photographs of any visible injuries you have suffered as a result of the incident with the animal or permit our investigator to accomplish this.
  7. Do not have any communication with the owner of the dog or the owner’s insurance company.  If you accept any form of compensation, you may waive your right to claim additional damages.
  8. Try to save any clothing that may have been damaged by the animal.
  9. Please save and take photographs of any property damage caused by the animal.
  10. Contact our law offices for a free evaluation.