Although dog parks can be great places for dog owners and their furry companions to play in a safe environment, an accident can happen at any time. Dog bites can leave victims with substantial physical and emotional injuries leaving them to contend with medical expenses and other damages. To make matters worse, many dog bite victims may be unsure who may be liable for injuries at a dog park. However, the pet owner is almost always liable when their dog bites someone. After suffering a dog bite injury, you can hold the pet owner responsible through a dog bite injury claim.
If you have been injured by a strange dog in a Florida dog park, an experienced attorney can help you pursue the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. At Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis, our attorneys have over 100 years of experience helping dog bite injury victims like you hold negligent pet owners accountable for the harm they have caused. When you partner with us, we will work with you to understand every detail of your case so we can fight for justice on your behalf.
Table of Contents
How to Pursue Justice After Suffering a Dog Bite at a Florida Dog Park
In most circumstances, dog owners are liable when their pet bites and injures another person. Under Florida’s strict liability laws, dog owners are responsible for any injuries that occur when their dog bites someone in a private or public place they have a legal right to be, including a dog park. If your case meets these criteria, you have the right to file a claim for compensation under Florida’s dog bite laws. However, the claims process can be complex and difficult to traverse on your own. An attorney can help you file a claim and pursue justice from the dog’s owner and compensation for the full extent of your injuries and other losses.
Acting quickly to contact an attorney and file your claim is essential. All states abide by a legal time limit known as the statute of limitations for filing dog bite claims. In Florida, the statute of limitations is typically four years from the date of the incident. While four years may seem like ample time to navigate the legal process, it is in your best interest to act sooner rather than later. Critical evidence supporting your claim may be lost or destroyed over time, and witnesses to the attack may move away or forget what they saw. Pursuing legal action against the negligent dog owner can also help prevent future attacks. When you retain a skilled attorney from Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis, we immediately begin work on your case to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Damages You May Be Eligible to Collect After a Florida Dog Bite Injury
After sustaining injuries from an animal attack at a dog park, victims typically require extensive medical treatment and several days or weeks off of work. Additionally, many victims suffer emotional wounds, which impact their overall quality of life. If you were injured due to a pet owner’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your economic and non-economic losses. A few types of damages our attorneys can help you seek include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Significant disfigurement or disability
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Pain and suffering
Our attorneys are dedicated to considering your current and future needs as we fight for a favorable outcome and the maximum compensation for your losses.
Speak to a Talented Dog Bite Attorney at Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis
If you have suffered an injury at a Florida dog park, you may feel understandably stressed, overwhelmed, and unsure of your legal options. The trusted attorneys at Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis are ready to apply their extensive experience and skills to your unique case. We find pet owner negligence unacceptable and will fight aggressively for your rights, interests, and the total value of your claim.