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Seeking Compensation For Dog Bite And Animal Attack Victims

Kentucky Dog Bite Injury Lawyers Seeking Compensation For Animal Attack Victims

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Here at Mory & Colliersmith, we love animals, especially dogs but dogs can be unpredictable and bite. Sometimes those bites can inflict severe damage when they attack. Bite injuries can vary widely in severity, from puncture wounds to crushed muscles, bones, and nerves. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, children are the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured. Fortunately, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has laws that operate in a dog bite victim’s favor that place liability squarely on a dog owner’s shoulders. 

How Dog Bite Attorneys At Mory & Colliersmith, PLLC, Can Help

Serious disfigurement and scarring can result from any dog attack. After an attack, a claimant is going to demand compensation for the injuries and damages that were suffered, especially if reconstructive or cosmetic scar revision surgery is warranted. Nonetheless, permanent disfigurement and scarring can occur. On that basis, Mory & Colliersmith can use the following to determine damages:

  • Payment of past and future medical bills.

  • Lost earnings, if applicable and any earnings lost in the future.

  • Any permanent disability or disfigurement.

  • Pain and suffering, including emotional anxiety.      

  • Diminished enjoyment of life.

  • Punitive damages under certain circumstances.

 

Kentucky has its own dog bite statute that’s found at KRS 258.235(4). This strict liability statute holds the dog owner liable for injuries and damages regardless of whether the dog has bitten anybody in the past. It states: “Any owner whose dog is found to cause damage to a person, livestock or other property shall be responsible for that damage.” KRS 258.095(5) defines a dog’s owner as anybody who has a right of property in a dog and anybody else who:

  • Keeps or harbors the dog

  • Has the dog in his or her care

  • Permits the dog to be on or about premises 

  • Permits the dog to remain on or about the premises leased and occupied by him or her

Common Dog Bite Injuries

The Commonwealth’s dog bites statute doesn’t just contemplate bites either. Even the behavior of a dog that jumps up and knocks a victim down and causes injury to the victim falls under Kentucky’s strict liability dog bite law. Like one of our clients that severely injured his wrist after a dog chased him and knocked him down on his daily jog.

 

If a dog causes injury to you anywhere in Kentucky, you need not prove that the dog’s owner was negligent in failing to control his or her dog. With its strict liability rule, a dog’s owner is liable for ANY injuries. Here are some common dog bite injuries that victims suffer in Kentucky dog attacks:

  • Bone fractures, especially to the arms and hands.

  • Facial scarring and eye injuries.

  • Traumatically amputated fingers.

  • Head, facial, and neck injuries and scarring.

  • Ripped and damaged nerves.

  • Infection.

Steps To Take After An Animal Attack

As with any type of injury, you want to act quickly in the wake of a dog bite or animal attack. Our advice on how to proceed is as follows:

  • First, seek medical attention; any type of animal bite presents the risk of a serious infection.

  • Identify the owner of the dog (or other animal that attacked you).

  • Contact the police or animal control to report the attack. In order to file a lawsuit, there must be a report of the attack on file with the local authorities.

  • Take photos of where the attack happened and the injuries suffered in the attack. Continue taking pictures throughout your recovery. If possible, take pictures of the dog or animal that attacked.

  • Get contact information from any witnesses who were on the scene.

  • Do not speak with the claims adjuster from the insurance company. Their goal is to devalue your claim. Instead, contact us at Mory & Colliersmith, PLLC, and request a free confidential case evaluation and review of your case. Once you hire an attorney, the insurance company deals exclusively with the law firm.

Contact Mory & Colliersmith's Experienced Dog Bite Attorneys

It is vital that you act quickly and contact a dog bite injury lawyer as soon as possible. Call Mory & Colliersmith right now at (502) 212-4333 to discuss your case and get the help you deserve.

  • Medical expenses: This includes both your current medical expenses and the medical expenses you expect to incur in the future.

  • Lost wages: If you had to take time off of work to recover, you could receive compensation for your lost wages.

  • Loss of earning potential: If your injuries will affect your ability to work in the future, you may be awarded compensation for the income you will lose due to your injuries.

  • Pain and suffering: Personal injury plaintiffs are often awarded compensation for the mental and physical pain and suffering they have experienced as a result of their injuries.

Don’t trust the at-fault party’s insurer to accurately calculate the value of your claim. Insurers all have the same goal: to settle with you for as little as possible. Because of this, they will not tell you how much your claim is really worth. If you want to learn more about the value of your claim, talk to our personal injury attorneys today.

Contact The Experienced Dog Bite Attorneys Of Mory & Colliersmith, PLLC

It is vital that you act quickly and contact a dog bite injury lawyer as soon as possible. Fill out our online contact form or call Mory & Colliersmith, PLLC, right now at 502-212-4333 to discuss your case and get the help you deserve.

What Practice Areas Does Mory & Colliersmith, Personal Injury Attorneys Practice?  

Our Personal Injury Attorneys will fight for you in the following personal injury areas:

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