Hurst & Hurst has successfully handled claims on behalf of dog bite victims in Kentucky. Both through negotiations with the animal owner’s insurance company or through litigation. We understand the statutes enacted to protect the rights of dog bite victims. As well as knowing that acting quickly following a dog bite is vital in protecting these rights. An immediate investigation can help establish liability for the bite and determine whether insurance coverage applies.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. If you need advice regarding a dog bite or other personal injury, including car accidents, wrongful death or other, please contact one of the attorneys at Hurst & Hurst at (859) 209-2101.
What Can I Do If I Have Been Injured By A Dog?
Kentucky law is very favorable towards the victims of dog attacks. Kentucky Revised Statute 258.235(4) places strict liability on the owner of the dog for any injuries sustained as a result of being attacked by a dog. There is no such thing as a free bite in Kentucky.
Whether you can actually receive compensation is going to depend more upon the person who owned the dog than it does anything else. If the dog owner has homeowner’s insurance, then that policy will generally cover injuries caused by dog attacks. If the owner of the dog rents their home, you may be able recover from the insurance policy the landlord has on the property depending on the circumstances. If there is no insurance involved, you may be left to try to recover directly from the dog owner which can be difficult.
If you have been injured by a dog, you should speak to a Personal Injury Attorney who can assist you. A dog bite lawyer can determining if insurance coverage will be available or if the owner of the dog that attacked you would be financially able to compensate you for your injuries.
What Kind Of Injuries Can You Get From Being Attacked By A Dog?
The injuries from being bitten or attacked by a dog can vary wildly. In some attacks your entire medical treatment will consist of rubbing alcohol and a small bandage. In these cases, you probably aren’t going to be filing a lawsuit.
However, serious dog attacks generally involved bites that cause severe puncture wounds and often torn flesh. They can result in the person being knocked to the ground or injured while trying to escape the attack. This can case additional injuries such as fractures and torn ligaments. In some horrible cases the victims are left permanently disfigured or even lose their lives.
What Should I Do If I Am Attacked By A Dog?
As with all serious injuries, the first priority needs to be seeking medical care. If you are in a position to do so, try to take pictures of the scene including your injuries and the dog. If the owner of the dog is present notify them that you have been attacked by their dog. If you are not familiar with the owner of the dog, try to find out who they are and how to reach them. As soon as you have an opportunity write down everything you can remember about the incident. These notes will be very useful when you speak to a Personal Injury Attorney about bringing a claim against the owner of the dog.
How Hurst & Hurst Help Dog Bite Victims
The attorneys at Hurst & Hurst can help determine if you have viable claim and assist in determining if the potential Defendant has insurance or is financially in a position to be able to compensate you for your injuries. If we agree that you have a good claim, we can assist in negotiating a settlement or bringing a lawsuit on your behalf. In Personal Injury Cases, we work off of a contingent fee. This means you do not have to pay us anything up front, our fee is earned as a percentage of what you are paid. If we don’t settle your case or win at trial, then you owe us nothing.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, or some other injury, such as a car wreck or slip and fall, please contact at Hurst & Hurst at (859) 209-2101 to speak with a dog bite lawyer.