If you were bitten by a dog, you probably are worried about your health. Dog bites have serious repercussions, including the risk of infection or rabies. We encourage anyone bitten to go to the hospital immediately so you can begin immediate treatment.
Dog bites are also more expensive than many people imagine. In addition to medical bills, our clients face lost income opportunities, as well as pain and suffering. They deserve compensation. Meagher Injury Lawyers is proud to represent victims in negotiations with the dog owner and possibly other parties. Contact us today to speak with our Radcliff dog bite lawyer to find out if you have a case.
We have seen people bitten in all sorts of locations, such as:
Some dogs roam freely and attack unsuspecting victims. But other dogs are actually leashed when they bite a person. A victim might approach a dog assuming it is friendly, only for the dog to sink its teeth into their arm.
The location of the attack matters for your personal injury case. For example, you might sue other people in addition to the owner for an attack that takes place in a business or an apartment complex.
Dogs have very sharp teeth which can slice through skin and soft tissue and lead to considerable bleeding. Many injuries also cause significant pain:
Some of these injuries will heal on their own, while others are deadly. For example, many infections require immediate treatment with antibiotics, otherwise the infection can spread, or sepsis can develop. Rabies is likewise fatal, and you should go to the hospital to receive a rabies shot as protection.
Any dog could potentially attack or bite a person. And because most dogs have germs in their saliva, even a bite from a small dog must be taken seriously.
Nonetheless, when it comes to fatal attacks, some breeds are deadlier than others. In particular, large breeds are a greater risk of mauling a victim:
The dogs seriously injure thousands of people each year. In fact, the most recent statistics show that roughly 344,000 people end up in the emergency room because of a dog bite. Of these, around 9,400 required hospitalization to treat their wounds.
Kentucky has a dog bite statute that holds dog owners legally responsible for the damages caused by their dog. This law is very generous to victims. You do not need to show that the dog had bitten someone else before. Nor do you need to show the owner was negligent in restraining their animal. It is enough if you can show the dog bit you unprovoked and that you were not trespassing at the time.
We might also need to sue other parties for the attack, like a landlord if the dog owner rented an apartment or house. For example, a fence might have been falling down in the backyard, which allowed the dog to escape. Consequently, the property owner could be on the hook for financial compensation.
Our dog bite attorneys in Radcliff are dedicated to your well-being. Our legal team can negotiate with the dog owner or other responsible party to recover compensation for losses, such as the following:
Many victims are anxious to know how much they can receive, but the answer depends on the circumstances surrounding the attack. If you suffered permanent disfiguring injuries, then you could receive more than if your puncture wounds heal in a couple of weeks. Young children might also receive considerable maximum compensation because of the emotional trauma suffered in an attack.
Dog bite attacks happen so quickly that it is understandable to feel disorientated. You probably have many questions about what to do to receive compensation. Fortunately, Meagher Injury Lawyers provides a free consultation to anyone suffering from a dog bite. We can review the facts and identify whether suing the dog owner or property owner is a sensible step. Call us today at (502) 309-9213 to find out more.