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Naples Dog Bite Attorney

Legal Liability for Dog Attacks in Naples, Florida

Under most circumstances, an accident victim cannot recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit unless it can be proven that the defendant is directly responsible for causing the injury, whether through negligence, reckless behavior or malicious actions. Dog bite cases are different. State law in Florida holds the owner of an animal strictly liable for any attack perpetrated by the pet, and unlike in many parts of the country, here it is not necessary to prove that the owner knew that the dog had vicious tendencies or a history of aggressive behavior.

Many states apply the "one-bite rule," which essentially absolves the dog's owner of legal liability for the dog's first attack, on the basis that the owner did not have reason to believe that it was necessary to restrain the animal in order to protect others. Fortunately, if you have been bitten in Naples this rule does not hold, and you should be entitled to recover financial compensation regardless of the dog's previous history. With the help of a Naples personal injury attorney, you could hold the negligent pet owner responsible for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances of the attack, it might even be possible to claim damages from the owner of the property where the attack took place, using the legal principle of premises liability which holds a proprietor responsible for safeguarding tenants.

Information About Dog Bite Victims

According to the Centers for Disease Control, dogs attack nearly 5 million people every year across the nation, the majority of which are between the ages of 5 and 9 years old. The injuries suffered by the victims of vicious dogs can be devastating, and they often leave severe physical and emotional scars.

Whether you have been bitten or if you want to sue for the wrongful death of a family member, contact a Naples injury attorney from Pittman Law Firm, P.L., where we have more than 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of the injured.

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