A dog attack is an experience that can leave a person both emotionally and physically scarred. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners and renters insurance policies typically cover dog bite liability legal expenses up to their respective liability limits (typically $100,000 to $300,000). If the claim exceeds the limit, the dog owner is responsible for all damages above that amount.
In Kentucky, under KRS 258.235(4), any owner whose dog is found to have caused damage to a person, livestock, or other property shall be responsible for that damage. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog attack, it’s important you speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.
What You Should Do If You’ve Been Bitten by a Dog
Here are 6 steps you should take if you have been attacked by a dog.
- Evaluate your injury! If it is severe, do not hesitate to seek appropriate medical attention. Dog mouths are breeding grounds for bacteria, so it is important to take care of your injury as soon as possible.
- Take photos of your injuries. It is important to document your injuries for trial.
- Inform the owner of the dog/dogs’ actions.
- Write down the names and contact information of any witnesses to the attack.
- Report the incident to your local police department and/or animal control. This could help protect another person in the future.
- Contact the experienced attorneys at Kaiman and Crahan.
We Are Here to Help You
If you or your child have been the victim of a dog attack, do not delay on seeking treatment and representation. The attorneys at Kaiman and Crahan are on your side. Give us a call at (502) 771-0741 or set up an appointment online to schedule your free consultation.