Naples Dog Bite Attorney
Aggressive Advocacy for Injured Victims & Their Loved Ones
Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure that their pets do not harm others. This includes taking measures to lock up dogs or keep them leashed, whether they are known to have violent or aggressive tendencies or not. If you or someone you care about, such as your child, has been bitten by a dog on public or private property, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Attorney Ryan Kuhl has many years of experience representing individuals like yourself in personal injury claims, including dog bite cases. These types of cases can be incredibly complex, but having a Naples dog bite attorney on your side can help.
Dog Bite Laws in Florida
One important fact to remember is that Florida is known as a "strict liability" state when it comes to dog bites. This means that even if the owner of a dog did not know about their pet's potentially aggressive tendencies, the owner is still legally liable for the injuries and trauma caused by their dog when it bites another person.
Crucially, the laws of Florida state that a victim does not have to physically prove that the injuries they received were specifically on account of the negligence of the dog owner. Instead, all that is necessary to prove in order to hold a dog owner liable for your injuries is proof that the dog definitely bit you and that during the event, you were standing on public property or were legally standing on private property.
What Damages Can a Dog Bite Victim Recover?
If an owner was negligent, meaning they failed to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of others by not ensuring their dog was under control, they could be held liable and made to help pay for the damages you have suffered as a result of your injuries.
There is a wide range of potential damages you could recover in a dog bite injury claim, including but not limited to:
- Both current and future hospital bills
- Expenses for therapy
- Wages that were lost on account of inability to work
- Physical suffering and pain
- Emotional trauma and anxiety
Establishing Fault in Dog Bite Cases in Florida
Being attacked by a dog can be painful and upsetting, especially if the victim is a young child. Additionally, there can be a great deal of expenses associated with a dog bite injury, from initial emergency room and hospital bills to surgery and ongoing rehabilitation costs. Regardless of your apparent damages, the bottom line is that there must be evidence that the dog owner's careless behavior led to the dog bite or attack.
In order to achieve a successful claim, the following elements must be proved:
- That the individual in question owns the dog
- That you were legally allowed on the premises
- That the owner was obligated to prevent their dog from causing injuries
- That the owner did not exercise reasonable care
- That the owner's failure caused your injury
Mr. Kuhl's extensive knowledge of the law can serve to benefit your case. He dedicates himself to providing his clients with personalized care, never passing you off to another lawyer or associate.
If you are interested in setting up a free case consultation with a Naples dog bite lawyer, call him now at (239) 309-7550.
“It was also nice that he talked to me like a human, not a money sign like other attorneys had made me feel. Hopefully, I don't get injured again, but if I did, I'd call Mr. Kuhl in a heartbeat.”- Vinny C.