Dog Bite Injury Lawyer in Elizabethtown & Radcliff, KY
Injuries Caused by Dog Bites
Dogs have become a common family pet nowadays, with over 63 million households in the United States owning a dog. However, dogs can still be dangerous and exhibit aggressive behavior to friends and families, despite having no previous history of aggression. Dogs of all sizes and breeds can cause serious injuries that may require expensive recovery.
Examples of dog bite injuries include:
- Punctured skin
- Broken bones
- Facial disfiguration
- Nerve damage
- Psychological trauma
- Permanent scars
- Eye injuries
Whether the dog belonged to a family member, neighbor, or a friend, it is important that you seek compensation to cover damages caused by the dog bite. Our attorneys at Musselwhite Meinhart & Staples has extensive experience handling injury claims, and we can review your case and help you determine what type of compensation you may be able to recover.
Who Is Liable for Dog Bite Injuries?
The state of Kentucky has extremely strict laws governing the responsibility of dog owners and protecting victims who suffer a dog bite or any other type of injury.
In short, a dog owner is liable for any damage or injury their causes to a person or their property.
In the eyes of state law, it does not matter if the dog owner made every effort to control their animal or took reasonable steps to prevent an incident. It also does not matter if a dog has never been aggressive or violent before. If a dog attacks you or damages your property, the owner is liable.
Can Victims Be Partially At Fault?
Unlike some other states, Kentucky does not have liability exceptions for dog attacks involving trespassing or provoking the animal. This means that an owner is liable even if someone is trespassing on the owner’s property and openly provoking the animal.
However, injuries resulting from a dog attack are still evaluated under comparative negligence rules. This means that a court will assign a percentage of culpability to each party, which can limit your ability to collect damages.
Consider an example where someone tosses objects at a dog across a park, seemingly provoking an attack. A court might find them 60% negligent since they seemed to prompt the incident. This means they can still pursue damages for injuries sustained, but you will only be able to recover 40% of the total.
Talk to Our Dog Bite Attorneys About Your Injuries
No matter the specifics of the situation, there is a strong chance you are potentially entitled to some level of compensation if you have suffered injuries from a dog bite or attack. We can assess the facts of your case and fight for you in court. As experienced dog bite attorneys, we have dealt with insurance companies and are skilled at maximizing the recovery you may be entitled to.
Call (270) 200-6326 or request your consultation online to get started.
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