Assessing The Damage From A Dog Or Animal Bite
Our pets are a source of pleasure and companionship for most of us. When we are bitten by a dog on another person’s property, those joyful feelings can turn to dread and pain if the injuries are severe enough.
At Aldridge & Birdwhistell, we can help you accurately and fully assess the damage you or a family member has suffered from a dog bite attack, and determine how to recover the funds you need to return to health. We have considerable experience litigating and negotiating personal injury claims. We will focus on employing strategies that will best protect your interests in the case. We represent clients in Hardin County and throughout central Kentucky.
Kentucky Laws Related To Dog Bite Lawsuits
The Commonwealth of Kentucky has passed several laws that specify the rights of injury victims in a dog bite case. They include:
- The statute of limitations to file a lawsuit related to the dog bite is one year from the date of the injury, or the date of the injury being discovered.
- Kentucky applies a “strict liability” standard for dog bites, which means a dog’s owner is responsible for a biting incident, whether or not the dog had ever acted dangerously before.
- Liability for a dog bite is not limited to dogs biting humans. Plaintiffs may also sue for damage to livestock (other animals) or property, as well.
Many times, funds for dog bite injury claims are paid from the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy. However, insurance companies are getting more aggressive with denying claims. Our lawyers are well-versed in negotiating with insurers and can locate additional funding sources if an insurance claim is not an option.