If you or a loved one has ever been attacked and/or bitten by a dog, you are probably already aware of just how traumatic such an experience can be. Naples injury attorneys often see the results firsthand after an individual has sustained injuries from a dog bite and in some instances, the results can be life-altering.
Whether you’ve been bitten by a dog before or this is your first dog attack, you probably have many questions with regard to your rights as the victim. The following are answers to some commonly-asked questions concerning dog bites. Still, you are strongly encouraged to speak directly to an attorney after your particular incident to ensure you receive the most up-to-date advice as it relates to your specific set of circumstances.
What Do I Do if I’m Bitten By a Dog?
If you have been bitten by a dog, it is imperative for you to get medical attention right away. Also, when possible, you are encouraged to take photographs of your injuries and maintain a list of all medical expenses related to the incident.
What Kinds of Injuries Can Be Sustained From Dog Bites?
Depending on the situation, dog bite victims can sustain injuries to their face, fingers, arms, eyes and neck. Such incidents can leave victims with numerous lacerations, abrasions and puncture wounds — which can ultimately lead to a greater opportunity for infection. In fact, some victims may experience a loss of vision if their eyes are injured during the attack. Also, if the dog is a larger breed, some victims may sustain broken bones.
Who Do I Notify After I’ve Been Bitten?
Bite victims should contact their local law enforcement, as well as animal control.
Are There Laws in Place to Cover Dog Bites?
Yes, there are dog bite laws at both the state and local levels. Florida state laws provide rules with respect to dealing with dog bite incidents. Local laws generally discuss things like leash requirements, vaccinations and bites in general, as well as any particular bans that may be in place regarding certain breeds that are known to attack and/or bite.
How Much Can I Expect to Be Compensated For My Case?
All dog bite cases differ, so the outcome in your case will not duplicate the outcome in someone else’s case. Case resolution and compensation depends on a number of factors, all of which will involve the specific circumstances of your case. Nevertheless, it is possible to obtain compensation for damages that can be used to cover your medical and surgery costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, as well as any mental counseling that may be needed after the incident.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer?
Dog bites scenarios can be quite complicated. They often need to be investigated and that investigation should be handled by an experienced injury attorney who is well aware of the intricacies and nuances of the law.
If you have been attacked and/or bitten by a dog, and you have questions about your options and rights under the law, contact Ryan Kuhl at The Kuhl Law Firm for help right away.