What To Expect After a Dog Bite

Were you bitten by a dog and have questions about what to expect after a dog bite? Contact our Orlando attorneys to get started on your case.

Choosing the Best Attorney

What To Expect After a Dog BiteIt is critically important that you hire an attorney who’s experienced specifically in dog bite attacks. Many attorneys will advertise being a personal injury attorney will take any type of case that they feel falls under that heading but it’s critically important that your attorney have extreme experience, knowledge, and the ability to go to trial on these types of cases. Dog bite injuries are devastating. In Florida, the average settlement on a dog bite case is a little bit over $35,000 and the range of injuries can be vast. Just a few months ago, we settled a claim for over $400,000 on a dog bite case. When choosing an attorney, you really want to choose one who’s actually experienced in dog bite cases. It is the make or break decision of your entire case.

Case Value

The answer to that question is first what are the injuries and the medical bills associated with those injuries. Generally, the higher the medical bills, the higher the value of the case. Now, that’s just a starting off point. Dog bites tend to have devastating consequences and have repercussions in every aspect of your life. Now, what we call that is pain and suffering. Again, it’s unlike any other type of case. There could be psychological issues that you experience down the road. Maybe you never feel comfortable around a dog again. These are things that are compensable under our system. There are things that a jury might award you on top of what your medical bills and expenses are.

Also did you lose time from work because of the incident? Did you lose the ability to earn income in the future? Have you had to make certain accommodations to your life because of your injuries? There’s any number of things that could contribute to the value of your case, but it is critically important that you hire an attorney that is experienced in these types of cases. Not just a personal injury attorney but an attorney that’s experienced in dog bite cases.

Case Timeline

Dog bite cases can be complicated but the biggest thing about them is the amount of damage that can be sustained from a dog bite. That can be something as little as a nip or it can be a devastating injury and permanent damage, muscle damage, nerve damage, tissue damage. It all depends on the particular injury. That’s going to determine how long it takes to settle your case in part because the amount of treatment you get is something that shouldn’t be rushed. If you have devastating injuries, you need to follow through with all that treatment. Cases where medical treatment is less severe, they tend to settle a little bit more quickly.

The second factor is liability. If the owner of the dog accepts liability, then certainly that will push the case along more quickly. What we find is dog bite cases can be extremely complicated in that whether it’s a dog owner, a renter, a landlord who might be liable for your damages, that can determine who accepts liability, who denies liability. Dog bite cases are unlike any other type of case. If an attorney is not specifically experienced in dog bite cases, your case could end up in limbo for a very long time.

Case Qualifications

A lot of times, clients don’t know what they’re supposed to do, whether they have a claim and who that claim might be against. Oftentimes, it is the dog owner but sometimes it might be against an apartment complex. It might be against the landlord. It could be any number of potential defendants in the case. If you are the victim of a dog bite attack, please reach out to the Victory law firm. We are experienced in the specific type of law and we’ll be able to help you with your case. You may not think you have a case. You may not know who the case may be against. That’s why you’re not alone.


Have you suffered a serious injury because you were attacked by a dog in Florida and have questions about what to expect after a dog bite? Contact our experienced Orlando dog bite lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

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