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Determined Florida attorneys seek full compensation for vicious attacks

Since 1976, The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. had provided professional and compassionate legal services for victims of dog bites and mauling. We know from experience that dog bites can cause severe injuries, especially to small children and the elderly, including:

  • Broken or crushed bones
  • Hemorrhage
  • Loss of an extremity
  • Muscle, tendon and ligament damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Rabies and other infections
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Skin Lacerations and puncture
  • Wrongful death

Florida ranks high for frequency and severity of dog attacks

In 2012, one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, State Farm, ranked Florida number eight among states in the number of dog bite claims the company settled with 123, and number three in the overall cost of settlements at $7.1 million. Contact our experienced Tampa dog bite lawyers for immediate assistance.

Many factors can explain why Florida ranks so high for the number of dog bite claims and the cost of settlement. Our state is populous, so there are many dog owners. Hot weather can make dogs irritable and unpredictable. There is also a trend toward desiring large breed, aggressive dogs, which, in its worst manifestation, results in brutal exhibitions of dog fighting. Fortunately, Florida law holds dog owners liable for damages regardless of the dog’s prior behavior.

Florida law makes dog owners responsible without a history of viciousness

Florida law provides that the owner of a dog is liable for personal injury claims and property damage that occurs when a dog bites any person in a public place or on a private property, including the owner’s property, when the victim has a legal right to be there.

The owner is not excused if the dog has no record of viciousness or if the owner was unaware of prior viciousness. However, Florida’s comparative negligence statute still applies. So, if the victim’s negligence caused the biting incident, a court shall reduce the owner’s liability in proportion to the victim’s fault for the incident. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help rebut allegations of contributive negligence to better ensure you receive full compensation for your losses.

Let our Tampa dog bite lawyers manage your injury case

A dog attack can be terribly frightening, and leave physical and emotional scars. If you or a loved one has suffered a vicious dog attack, The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. provides determined legal representation to obtain the maximum compensation possible. Call us today at 813-217-5715 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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The greatest distinguishing feature among attorneys is their level of experience. Our firm has more than 60 years of legal experience, much of it spent in the courtroom at trial. As a result, our Tampa personal injury lawyers rarely encounter an unfamiliar situation and can thoroughly answer your urgent questions. Our criminal defense practice features a board certified criminal trial lawyer and two former prosecutors with impressive knowledge of trial tactics and procedures.

The resources to provide quality representation for the length of your case

Whether your case involves medical malpractice, an auto accident or a wrongful death, your attorney must be prepared to take the case all the way through trial to verdict. Many personal injury attorneys advance the cost of litigation, so they can only last so long before financial pressures start to mount. As a client, you have to wonder whether an attorney's advice to settle your case reflects the quality of the offer or your attorneys need to get paid. Fortunately, The Matassini Law Firm has the resources to pursue civil verdicts and settlements that reflect the actual value of your case.

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A crisis in your life calls for capable and compassionate assistance. The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. addresses your needs all the way through the legal process. For your free initial confidential conference with one of our Tampa car accident attorneys, call us today at 813-217-5715 or contact us online.

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