When the victim is a small child, it can be even more serious because a child’s head and face is at the same level as a dog. Tragically, some dog attacks prove to be fatal, especially for children.
You need Kentucky Courage to fight for your rights after a dog bite. The lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer have the Kentucky Courage to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
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Can I Sue for a Dog Bite Injury?
The Kentucky statutes state that Kentucky follows the legal doctrine of strict liability when it comes to dog bites. This is good news for victims because it means that when a dog causes an injury, the dog owner can be held responsible.
There is no “one bite rule” as there are in other states, and you do not have to show that the dog owner did not take reasonable measures to control their pet. You simply have to show that the dog bit or attacked you, and that you suffered injury as a result.
When people are bitten by a dog, the animal often belongs to a family member or a friend. For example, you may have gone over to a friend’s house for a visit and their dog attacked you while there. In these circumstances, people may not want to pursue a lawsuit against someone they know, for fear that it will place a strain on the relationship.
It’s important to understand that when you file a dog bite lawsuit, you’re usually not actually suing your friend or family member. You’re seeking compensation from their insurance company. It is the insurance company that will pay the money, and your friend won’t have to pay the compensation out of their own pocket.
How a Kentucky Dog Bite Attorney Can Help with Your Claim
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you might be considering filing a claim without the help of an attorney. This is especially true if it’s a friend’s dog that has bitten you. You may think that bringing attorneys into it will make the case uglier. You may also think that because you are dealing with an insurance company, you will receive your compensation fairly easy.
This unfortunately, isn’t true. Insurance companies place more priority on their own profits than helping people who truly need it. They know that if you’re not working with an attorney, you likely don’t understand how much compensation you’ll need, now and in the future, to recover from your injuries. Also, an attorney is going to communicate mainly with the insurance company, not the dog owner, so there is very little chance that the case is going to become ugly. In fact, having a qualified lawyer on your side can make things go easier.
When you work with an attorney for your dog bite claim, they will understand the laws on dog bites in Kentucky. They will fully explain these to you, and how they apply to your case. An attorney will also know how to negotiate effectively with the insurance company to help you seek the maximum amount of compensation you need. Although you do not have to prove that the dog owner was negligent, you must prove that the dog caused your injuries. A dog bite lawyer knows how to investigate these cases to ensure your claim is a success.
Most importantly, an attorney will always act as your personal advocate throughout a dog bite claim. Unfortunately, not many people are on your side during a dog bite claim. The insurance companies will not want to pay the settlement you deserve, and the dog owner may even push back once they hear you are filing a claim. An attorney will always ensure your rights are upheld and that you get the compensation you need and deserve.