Seeking Compensation For Dog Bite And Animal Attack Victims
We are all animal lovers here at Mory & Colliersmith, PLLC, but sometimes dogs and other animals become aggressive without warning and may bite or attack people. These attacks can result in serious injuries beyond simple puncture wounds. In severe attacks, people may suffer injuries to muscles, bones and nerves, as well as permanent scarring. Statistics tell us that children and the elderly are the most likely to be bitten by a dog and also more likely to suffer severe injuries. Fortunately, laws concerning dog bites and animal attacks in Kentucky place liability on the owner of the pet, not the attack victim.
How Dog Bite Attorneys At Mory & Colliersmith, PLLC, Can Help
When serious injuries, permanent scars or disfigurement result from an attack by a dog or other animal, you have grounds for a lawsuit. We can help you pursue compensation for medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. The courts consider many factors when determining fair compensation, including:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost income and diminished earning capacity resulting from injuries
- Permanent scars, disfigurement or disability
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering, including anxiety
- Diminished quality of life
- Punitive damages (in specific types of cases)
Kentucky’s dog bite statute holds dog owners liable for injuries and damages, whether or not the animal has shown aggressiveness or attacked anyone 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 Injuries Caused By Dogs And Other Animals
Kentucky’s dog bite statute addresses injuries beyond dog bites. Pet owners are liable for any injury caused by a dog or other animal. This includes injuries resulting from people being knocked over by lunging animals. Joggers, bike riders and sometimes people just standing nearby are often injured in falls caused by aggressive dogs. Common injuries resulting from dog bites and animal attacks include:
- Broken bones
- Scarring and injuries to the face and eyes
- Amputation of severely damaged fingers
- Injuries and scarring to the head and neck
- Nerve damage
Kentucky law does not require you to prove that the dog’s owner failed to control their animal. The state’s strict liability rule holds the dog’s owner liable for any injury.
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 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 502-915-2277 to discuss your case and get the help you deserve.