Orlando Dog Bite Injury Attorney

Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer

Dog attacks represent some of the most gruesome personal injuries that an individual can suffer. Statistics show that every year there is an increase of injuries to persons, resulting from a bite from an aggressive dog. Unfortunately, the majority of dog bite victims are children. Dog bites are traumatic events leading to serious injuries, and multiple deaths are reported each year as a result of the most vicious attacks.

At the Umansky Law Firm, in Orlando, Florida, we represent individuals who have suffered personal injury in dog bites or animal attacks caused by the negligence or recklessness of others. Often a dog bite will result in permanent scarring, nerve damage and a significant risk of infection. In addition, most dog bite victims, especially children, suffer psychological damage that lasts well beyond the physical injury.

Dog Bite Liability in Florida

The state of Florida has a strict liability dog bite statute that states, “the owner of a dog is liable for damages inflicted by his or her dog that bites a person who is either in a public place or lawfully on the dog owner’s property.” Florida Statute 767.04

A dog owner is liable, regardless of whether or not the dog had ever been vicious before; and regardless of whether the owner had reason to believe the dog would behave in a vicious manner.

Dog Bite Injury Statistics:

  • Almost every thirty seconds, someone in the United States seeks medical attention for a dog bite related injury.
  • In the United States, an estimate of one million (1,000,000) people, annually, require medical treatment for injuries related to dog bites.
  • More than 300,000 victims require hospitalization as a result of their dog bite injuries.


Recent Case Result

Construction Worker Injury Case

The Umansky Law Firm took the case of a young father who was a construction worker injured while on the job. Our client’s injury was sustained while constructing a new home in an up and coming subdivision. After an investigation, the lawyers at the Umansky Law Firm determined that the construction company had failed to install a barricade on the second floor of the new home to keep the workers safe. Due to this negligence, our client fell and sustained severe injuries. Our client fractured his leg and had to undergo two surgeries due to the accident. As a result of the operations, our client — the family’s primary wage earner — missed several months of work. The Umansky Law Firm demanded that the named defendants take responsibility for their negligence, but they refused. As a result, we filed suit and vigorously pursued a claim against their insurance coverage and successfully reached a six-figure settlement.

PTSD from Dog Bite Accidents

In addition to physical injuries, many people from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After being bitten by a dog, a person may not feel or behave normally for a significant amount of time and can become depressed, fearful and extremely anxious around friends, families, or dogs. Sometimes PTSD can start within several months of the dog bite and the severity and duration of PTSD caries.

Although people with PTSD can sometimes resolve it themselves, a mental health professional is often required for healing to occur. It is essential that if you or your child are suffering from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder that you see immediate mental professional help.

Legal Process of a Dog Bite Liability Claim

When a dog bite occurs, it is essential that measures be promptly taken to collect evidence and enable medical providers and other expert witnesses to evaluate any injuries. At The Umansky Law Firm, we understand that dog bites are serious matters. The filing of a claim can be a complex process and should be handled by experienced injury attorneys who have the time and resources to gather all of the pertinent data and documentation, make a determination, and file the appropriate claim on behalf of the client and/or their child.

Collecting Damages as a Victim of a Dog Bite in Florida

Your health insurance usually covers the cost of treatment for physical or emotional injuries for people bit by dogs. However, the owner of the dog who bit you frequently has to pay for all out of pocket expenses including:

  • Medical and health treatment
  • Ongoing rehabilitation and medical care
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Surgical treatment
  • Plastic surgery

Our firm can provide you with an attorney who is dedicated and experienced in obtaining all the necessary data and determining the extent of the injury. He or she will know the best way to proceed and the range of value the claim possesses. If your child is injured by a dog bite, in many circumstances any financial recovery made on behalf of the child will be placed into a protected account until the child is 18. Through the efforts of our injury attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm, the terms of the recovery for your child can be maximized, and properly structured to provide full benefits to your child’s future.

If you or a loved one is a victim of a dog bite, call The Umansky Law Firm at (407) 228-3838 and speak to one of our Orlando personal injury lawyers , or contact to submit a simple case form. We offer a free initial consultation, and if we agree to take your case, we will work on a contingency basis. This means we will get paid for our services only if there is a monetary reward or recovery of funds.

For more information about dog bites please read our articles on  dog bite prevention and dog bite injuries.

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Case Results

Burglary of Dwelling; Petit Theft

Withhold with 6 months probation and impulse control; adjudication withheld

Grand Theft ($300-$5000)

Nolle Prosequi-Case Dropped

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Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

CT- Driving under the influence car

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Grand Theft Third Degree

Adjudicated Guilty; One day jail/one day time serve; Restitution fees; Court Cost

Petit Theft < 300

We negotiated an agreement that entailed the State dropping the charge after our client completed a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. The Charge was dropped via a Nolle Prosequi.

Unlawful Speeding

Withhold of Adjudication; No points on license; Paid fine and clerk cost; 8 hour aggressive driver class; 90 days to satisfy fine and class

Shoot/Throw Missile Into Dwell/Struct/Veh; Child Abuse; Criminal Mischief; Battery (Domestic Violence)

No Information Notice - Charges Dropped

Attach Tag/Lic Plate To Unassigned Vehicle (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

DUI with Minor In Car or BAL of .20 or Higher

Pled No Contest, 1 Year Probation, 10 day Car Impound, Community Service

Motion to Modify Probation

Motion Granted in 48 hours

Petit Theft

Adjudication Withheld, 4 Months probation, Costs/Fines, Impulse Control Class

Petit Theft of $100 or MORE (M1)

Nolle Prosequi

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Case Dropped

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Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped


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Not Guilty

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Case Dropped

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Charges dropped

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Charges dropped

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Reduced to Reckless Driving

Violation of Probation

Case Dismissed

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