Providence Dog Bite Injury Attorney

Angry dog attacks. The dog looks aggressive and dangerous.

Dog bites can result in severe physical and emotional trauma, significantly impacting the victim’s life — physically, psychologically, and financially. With decades of successful experience in personal injury litigation, including cases of premises liability and particularly dog bites, William Kolb, lead attorney of the Law Offices of William M. Kolb, LLC in Providence, is well-equipped to guide and support Rhode Island victims of dog bites through the legal process to secure the compensation they deserve.

While many states abide by the “one bite” rule which may limit the liability of pet owners for injuries caused by dogs who have no prior history of aggression, Rhode Island adheres to the principle of strict liability. This means that if you have been seriously injured by a dog bite in Rhode Island, in almost all cases, you are entitled to claim damages for any losses incurred, regardless of the dog’s past behavior. 

How Strict Liability Works in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s strict liability statute holds dog owners liable for injuries their pets cause, unless their dog is confined in an enclosure at the time of the incident. Another exception to strict liability occurs if the victim is trespassing, provoking the dog, or committing another tort at the time of the incident.

In all other cases, when a dog causes injury while outside of its owner’s property or enclosed area, the law applies. Notably, in Rhode Island, if the dog has previously injured someone, the state holds the owner accountable for a higher degree of negligence and the damages award to the victim are doubled.

Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites can lead to a range of serious injuries, including:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Facial injuries
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infectious diseases (e.g. cellulitis, staph, rabies)
  • Neuromuscular damage
  • Fractures
  • Permanent scarring or other disfigurement
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The physical and psychological aftermath of a dog bite can be profound, requiring extensive medical treatment, potential surgery, long-term psychological counseling, and extensive time away from work or other responsibilities. These considerations are pivotal when assessing the full impact of the injury on a victim’s life and calculating the appropriate compensation which is one reason it is essential to have an attorney who is familiar with the process at your side. 

Damages William Kolb Will Fight To Recover

William Kolb is not just a fine lawyer; he is also a dedicated and compassionate person, committed to securing comprehensive damages for his deserving clients. He will fight legally, both in court and out, for a compensation package that covers whichever of the following losses that apply in your case:

  • Medical and rehabilitation expenses, now and in the future
  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity
  • Psychological counseling
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Replacement services (e.g. cleaning, childcare)
  • Loss of consortium and/or enjoyment of life

In cases in which a dog attack has resulted in a wrongful death, Bill Kolb will fight aggressively for final medical costs, funeral and burial/cremation expenses, and loss of financial and emotional support. Moreover, in cases of wrongful death or severe injury, Bill may be able to persuade the court to award punitive as well as compensatory damages.  

What Makes Bill Kolb the Right Attorney for the Job

When you are seeking justice and compensation for dog bite injuries, choosing the right attorney is crucial. William Kolb brings many years of successful negotiations and positive verdicts in personal injury cases to the table. His in-depth understanding of Rhode Island laws pertaining to dog bites, combined with his courtroom aptitude and connections to expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf, make him a formidable opponent during negotiations and at trial. 

Bill Kolb has the knowledge, commitment, and determination to take over all the legal and logistical details of your dog bite case so that you can rest and recover in peace. You can depend on him to represent you efficiently and effectively, fighting for your right to fair compensation for all you have suffered.

Contact Our Experienced Dog Bite Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite in Rhode Island, the path to recovery can seem overwhelming, but remember you are not alone. Contact the Law Offices of William M. Kolb for superior legal counsel and the personalized attention you deserve to get you through this ordeal. Why not experience the relief of letting a consummate professional take the helm and steer you to a safe haven? Contact the Law Offices of William M. Kolb for a consultation and begin the process of reclaiming your life.