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Melbourne Dog Bite Lawyers

Our clients receive 3x more

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 an attorney, the following should be done without delay:

- Secure evidence

- Track down witnesses

- Establish the animal’s ownership

- Identify other responsible parties

- Report the incident to animal control authorities

- 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 lawyers 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. Our Melbourne dog bite lawyers are 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 bites 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 uses 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 and 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 client. 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. 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 and helped our clients, on average, 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 possible. Once your dog bite takes place, insurance is measuring your actions and working to make sure they pay you the least amount of money possible 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.


When a dog bite occurs, 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 people underestimate how bad their injuries are after the animal attack because of the post-accident adrenaline rush. Get an exam from your doctor and follow all doctors’ orders for treatment. You’ll heal more quickly and you cannot be blamed by insurance for not taking 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.


Immediately after a dog attack, begin gathering 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.


Keep a tight rein on what you say to the other parties involved in the dog bite incident, to bystanders, and to insurance agents. Any admission of fault could leave you without a chance in your lawsuit.


Our law office 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 lawyer is the best way to assure you will be taken care of during your case.

Which Lawyer to Choose for a Dog Bite Accident?

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

These three characteristics are a must-have for a personal injury lawyer:

Know Their Results

Find a personal injury attorney who has a history of winning cases like yours. These attorneys 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

The majority of cases in great law firms 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. The dog bite lawyers at Douglas R. Beam P.A. can evaluate your bite injury during the initial consultation and map out a plan that details the medical bills, emergency room visits, missed work, and other monetary damages you are owed as a result of the animal 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 number of factors, but mainly, how little money they pay out 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. Our Melbourne personal injury lawyers are highly experienced at evaluating cases, understanding medical needs and creating legal strategies that bring our clients, on average, receive 3x what they’re offered before our firm is hired.

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.

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 owners 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.

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.

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 phrase 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 that was caused by the dog bite. How much money being 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.

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. The expertise that our personal injury attorneys possess and our record of successfully representing clients has allowed our firm to become a leading Brevard County personal injury law firm.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by dogs, 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 or fill out the simple form below.

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