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Dog Bites

  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: August 11, 2017

Many people like dogs, but very few like being bit by one. If you are attacked and bit by a dog that is not your own, you may have a legal case that can be brought against the owner. While some people may get a bite and heal within a few days, others can suffer long-term and even lifelong issues, such as scars, broken bones, and mental trauma. It is also very possible to need to miss work while you recover, resulting in serious financial losses. Even more upsetting than the actual bite is the fact that the whole thing could have been prevented if someone else were doing what they were legally supposed to. If your dog bite was the result of a property owner or dog owner not taking the proper steps to…Read More

Do I Have A Dog Bite Case?
  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: February 4, 2017

Under Florida’s Dog Bite Statute, if you are bit by a dog, regardless of the dog’s viciousness, you likely have a dog bite case against the dog owner. However, a dog owner is not liable if you were on the dog owner’s property, without permission.  For example, if you were trespassing at the time you were bit, you might not have a dog bite case. Also, not all dog bite cases are the same. The more serious the injuries the more the case is worth. Generally, bite wounds to the face are worth the most. Homeowners Insurance Policy You’ll want to get a copy of the dog owner’s homeowners insurance policy.  You should request the policy in writing. Be sure to send the request certified mail – return receipt. The dog owner then has 30-days to respond…Read More

Should I Give Recorded Statement to Insurance Company?
  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: December 22, 2016

After an accident the insurance company will ask you to give a recorded statement. Should you give a recorded statement to the insurance company? The answer depends on who is asking. You are under no obligation to make a recorded statement unless your own insurance policy requires it. Almost every insurance policy has such a provision. Then, and ONLY then, should you make a recorded statement. Do Not Volunteer Information If you must give a recorded statement please remember DO NOT volunteer information. This cannot be emphasized enough! You should never volunteer statement to ANYONE if you don’t have to. Not to the police, witnesses, or insurance adjusters, unless required by law. Florida is a comparative negligence state. This means, if you are found partially at-fault, your claims can be reduced by the amount of…Read More