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Douglas R. Beam P.A. is a personal injury law firm located in Melbourne, Florida. For over 30 years, our personal injury lawyers have helped those facing serious injury recover over $1 Billion Dollars in Settlements and Verdicts. Our dog bite lawyers understand the dynamics of an animal attack and are ready to assist you in getting the help you deserve. Additionally, our clients receive 3x more than what they're offered before we're hired.

A dog attack is a shocking event that may not only result in serious injury but in emotional trauma, especially in children. Dog bite cases can be complex, and it is important to find a skilled and experienced Melbourne, Florida dog bite lawyer without delay.

In addition to hiring a lawyer, the following should be done without delay:

  • - Secure evidence
  • - Track down witnesses
  • - Establish the animal’s ownership
  • - Identify other responsible parties
  • - Notify animal control authorities of the incident
  • - Obtain an incident report
  • - Obtain relevant medical records
  • - Contact insurance companies and establish a claim

Douglas R. Beam P.A. has handled thousands of personal injury cases successfully, including numerous dog bite cases and achieved exceptional results for its clients. Douglas R. Beam P.A. has both substantial experience and the skill to ensure that our clients will receive the best outcome.

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The personal injury attorneys at Douglas R. Beam P.A. know how demanding a bite injury can be. Dog bite victims may face emergency room visits, lasting pain, medical needs, and economic hardships. Every dog bite lawyer in our Melbourne practice is passionate about helping victims heal and get to the best recovery possible.

Dogs are usually trusted. When their instincts take over in an animal attack, a dog bite can be highly traumatic. If you need to speak to a dog bite lawyer in Melbourne, Florida, we are available to meet in-office, virtually, at the hospital, or at your home. Once we have you as a client, our firm works for you. We use our broad resources, our deep connections and our relationships with skilled investigators and evidence experts to put together an in-depth and compelling case for compensation. Whether through settlement or trial, our team knows how to take a case from start to close. Our approach has led to our founder Doug Beam landing multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements regularly. It also led our managing attorney Riley Beam to win a $28.5 Million Dollar verdict in his first catastrophic injury jury trial.

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“Doug is one one the best lawyers in the state hands down.  His expertise and connections are second to none, and he deals with each client directly, something not a lot of other firms can say.  Thanks for all your hard work Doug!”
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Helping a Client After an Attack

While at work, our client was attacked by a dog. We were able to recover a settlement for our client that provided the compensation necessary to cover the damages suffered by the attack.
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?

How We Help After a Dog Bite

Every year in every case we try, we are shocked to find how little insurance companies want to offer our clients. On average, we find that insurance undervalues injury claims by 2 to 100 times what we get for our dog bite clients. It’s a broad spectrum, but it proves a point.

Most people don’t understand how badly insurance is setting them up for the future.

The common dog bite that takes place every day is rarely understood for how devastating it can be for animal attack victims. It doesn't have to be a vicious attack. What appears to be a minor bite injury on the surface can turn into a lifelong medical complication. On top of that, insurance is not eager to pay any money out to a dog bite victim.

The top insurance companies made over $300,000,000,000 in 2019 by making sure they were paying out claims that were favorable to them. Great personal injury lawyers know the tricks of the insurance companies. At Douglas R. Beam P.A. our personal injury attorneys have brought in over $1,000,000,000 in settlements and verdicts. On average, we help our clients receive 3x what they’re offered before our firm is hired.

From a minor dog bite to a serious injury, if you’ve suffered a bite injury you should speak with a Melbourne, Florida personal injury attorney. Do this as quickly as you can. Once your dog bite takes place, insurance is measuring your actions and working to make sure they pay you the minimum amount of money for your recovery. If you are curious if your case is a good one, contact us for a free consultation!

What to Do After a Dog Bite?

What to Do After a Dog Bite

After dogs attack, there are things you can do that will help protect your legal rights and position you to recover. The following tips will get you on the track to a speedy recovery.

GET MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

When a dog bite happens, make sure that you and any other parties involved are taken care of. Provide responders detailed information on the accident and any symptoms that you are experiencing. Most victims underestimate how bad their injuries are after the animal attack because of the post-accident adrenaline rush. Dog attacks can be quite serious. For example, you may have a bite wound, broken bone, nerve damage, or scarring. Get an exam from your doctor and follow all doctors’ orders for treatment. You’ll heal more quickly, and insurance can't accuse you of failing to take your doctor’s advice.

DIAL 911

Ask someone to call 911 to get medical help. Ask any officers that may show up for a copy of a report detailing what occurred. Your personal injury attorney will use it to prepare a lawsuit.

COLLECT EVIDENCE

Immediately after a dog attack, begin gathering evidence. Proving negligence requires good evidence. Take pictures and videos of the scene and yourself. Make sure everything is documented. Your lawyer will examine this information to collect critical information about how the dog attack occurred.

DON’T ADMIT LIABILITY

Keep a tight rein on what you say to the other parties involved in the dog bite incident, to bystanders, and to insurance agents. Just like in a car accident, never disclose policy limits or admit to liability. Any admission of fault could leave you without a chance in your lawsuit.

CALL AN EXPERIENCED DOG BITE LAWYER

Our law practice has handled dog bite cases in the Central Florida area for decades. Our legal team has the experience and millions in results. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to ensure you will be taken care of during your case.

How to Choose a Lawyer for a Dog Bite Accident

What to consider when choosing a Melbourne, Florida Dog Bite Lawyer

You should check these three things when looking for a personal injury lawyer:

KNOW THEIR RESULTS

Find a personal injury attorney who has a history of winning cases like yours. These lawyers will understand dog bites, your bite injuries, and what they caused in your life. Additionally, the right personal injury attorney will understand your medical needs and the impact of the injuries on your personal and work life.

CONTINGENCY FEE ONLY

Good personal injury attorneys bet on themselves. The way they do that is through contingency fees. All that means is that you don’t pay any money up front. Standard contingency fees are 33.33% of whatever insurance rewards.

THEY GO TO TRIAL

‍Great law firms are ready and willing to go to trial, yet the majority of cases in the best law practices settle. Why? Because insurance is terrified of going to court against great attorneys. Trials are expensive and time-consuming. Insurance companies fear attorneys that have the resources, experience, and know-how to beat them soundly in court.

In a perfect world, when a dog bite happens, we should be able to trust an insurance company to keep their word and help us cover our bills. Unfortunately, most insurance companies make their money by underpaying victims of serious injury. When a personal injury attorney represents a dog bite victim, the accident lawyer will know how to deal with insurance companies so that they fulfill their obligations. A dog bite lawyer at Douglas R. Beam P.A. can evaluate your bite injury during the initial consultation. We can map out a plan that details the medical bills, hospital visits, missed work, and other monetary damages you are owed as a result of the attack.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get a lawyer for a dog bite?

Yes. You should get a dog bite lawyer.

In 2019, the top 5 insurance companies brought in roughly $300 Billion Dollars in revenue. This is roughly the GDP of Pakistan. They did this by focusing on revenue goals that were set by a variety of factors. The main way they do this is by paying out as little as possible to those who are insured.

When individuals go against insurance alone, they are almost always getting underpaid in their claim. Insurance is built upon a maze of forms, deadlines, and negotiations that are always to the advantage of the insurance company. Insurance isn’t a public good. It is a billion dollar industry.

Hire an attorney and hire them now.

In doing so, you are setting yourself up to get a fair shot at the future. You were wrongfully injured. Calling the right attorney should be one of the first steps you take when you pursue compensation. Our Melbourne personal injury attorneys are highly experienced at evaluating cases. We understand medical needs and create legal strategies that bring our clients, on average, receive 3x what they’re offered before our firm is hired.

A dog bite injury can be surprisingly complex. Dog bites can lead to infection, nerve damage, disfigurement, and even death. Severe injuries may require surgery, and even relatively minor injuries can result in permanent scars and significant pain and suffering. This can create significant costs for the victim. A skilled dog bite attorney can help you recover the settlement you deserve.

While we have our opinions, you can check for yourself on whether or not this is a good fit for you. Contact us to see if your case is a good fit for an attorney.

What should I do if my neighbor's dog bites me?

After getting medical assistance, you should talk with an attorney immediately after your accident. A good attorney will understand dog bite law and the potential for a successful dog bite lawsuit. The right attorney will be able to advise you on whether to file a lawsuit against the person who owns the dog and their insurance.

While it might not be best to hire the first one you talk to (even if it is us), this is the time to start your research.

When friends and family call us regarding a dog bite, there are four things we suggest that they do. We suggest you do the same.

TAKE 15-MINUTES TO EVALUATE YOUR OPTIONS

Talk with an attorney immediately. We find that insurance companies can undervalue claims by 2-100x their value. It’s a broad spectrum, but it proves a point. Insurance is likely undervaluing your claim.

GET YOUR DOCUMENTS

Get the dog owner's insurance and call them immediately. Let them know you’ve been bit by one of their insured’s dogs and would like to know what documentation you need to provide them. In most circumstances, before you get paid, insurance companies will want to see documentation like medical treatment, and police reports. Making the facts known is an important part of settling any type of claim.

GET A TIMELINE

Ask the insurance agent for a timeline of when you need to submit any necessary paperwork.

MAKE A NOTE

Make sure to make note of every conversation you have with the insurance representatives. Write down the name of the agent, their position, phone number, and office. Also, note what was discussed during the conversation.

Who is responsible if a dog bites someone?

The dog owner is automatically liable for any injury or property damage their dog causes. A lot of people have pets, but sometimes owners make dangerous mistakes that they are liable for. Sometimes dog owners lose control of the leash and a dangerous dog bite injury occurs without provocation. In other cases, homeowners are negligent and leave their dogs in unsecured locations where their dogs can escape and wreak havoc on innocent victims. It doesn't matter if they lost hold of the leash or provoked the animal. The dog owner is liable for damages caused by their dog.

Can I sue my neighbor for a dog bite?

Yes, you can sue your neighbor for a dog bite.

After dogs attack, there are a number of losses that you can suffer that are called damages. Damages is the term used in the insurance industry to understand what the insurance company needs to pay for. Damages could be anything from a broken object to a serious injury to a loss of work and wages that was caused by the dog bite. How much money is paid out by insurance is dependent upon the damages.

Normally, when people interact with insurance companies, they do not know how to calculate, document, and prove the damages that have taken place in the animal attack. A good attorney knows how to properly document and determine medical expenses, property damage, and other ongoing injuries. Your dog bite attorney will pay attention to the statute of limitations, details of dog bite law, and all local restrictions that could impact your case.

When you sue for a dog bite, you are telling an insurance company that they owe more than what they are offering. How much you get all depends upon the damages you or your personal injury attorney can prove.

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For over three decades, our firm has protected injury victims throughout Melbourne, Florida and Central Florida by winning compensation for their losses. Our personal injury attorneys possess expertise and have a record of successfully representing clients. This has allowed our firm to become a leading Brevard County personal injury law firm.

If you or a loved one has been bitten or injured by a dog, contact our offices today for a free case review. Our team is available at all hours of the day and will act quickly to protect your rights. For an immediate consultation, call our phone number (321) 723-6591, email us at help@dougbeam.com, or fill out the simple form below.

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