Dog Bites Attorney in Jackson, Kentucky
Many Kentucky residents often suffer minor to severe injuries due to dog attacks, dog bites, and other kinds of animal attacks every year. Fortunately, Kentucky dog bite laws exist to protect victims of dog-related injuries and help them seek fair compensation for their injuries. If you or someone close to you were attacked or bitten by a dog, you may be eligible to recover damages by filing an injury claim against the dog's owner.
At the Law Office of Patrick E. O'Neill, PSC, I have the experience, diligence, and resources to assist, support, and represent dog bite victims in their injury claims. As an experienced Kentucky personal injury attorney, I can review and investigate every aspect of your unique situation thoroughly and explore your available options to recover damages. Also, I will fight compassionately to protect your best interests, hold the dog's owner liable, and help you seek the financial justice you're entitled to.
My firm – the Law Office of Patrick E. O'Neill, PSC – proudly serves clients across Jackson, Kentucky, and the surrounding areas of Campton, Beattyville, Booneville, West Liberty, and Stanton.
Kentucky Dog Bite Law
As mentioned earlier, dog bite laws exist to protect victims of dog bites or dog attacks and help them recover damages for their injuries. However, these dog bite laws often vary between one state and another. Under Kentucky Revised Statutes Section 258.235:
"Any owner whose dog is found to have caused damage to a person, livestock, or other property shall be responsible for that damage."
Under Kentucky Revised Statute Section 258.095, a dog "owner" is described as every person who:
Keeps or harbors the dog.
Has the dog in their care.
Allows the dog to remain on or about the premises they own or occupy.
Permits the dog to remain on or about the premises they leased and occupied.
With regards to dog bites or dog attacks in Kentucky, strict liability will be imposed on the negligent dog owner.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is a strict liability state for dog bites or attacks. According to Kentucky dog bite law (Kentucky Revised Statutes Section 258.235), the owner of the dog will be held strictly liable – civilly or financially liable – for any dog-bite injuries and damages suffered by the victim.
Liability in a Dog Bite Case
As mentioned earlier, Kentucky is a strict liability dog bite state. The state's dog bite laws are favorable to individuals attacked, bitten, or harmed by a dog. Hence, there is no need for the dog bite victim or plaintiff to prove fault or negligence in their case.
Pure Comparative Negligence in Kentucky
Additionally, Kentucky follows the "pure comparative negligence" rule. According to the principle, your involvement or contribution to the dog bite incident doesn't prevent you from seeking damages for your injuries. However, the amount of financial compensation that you may receive will be reduced by your fault degree. Under Kentucky's pure comparative negligence system, you would still be allowed to recover damages, even if you were up to 99% responsible for the dog bite incident or injuries.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
To recover damages for your dog bite injuries, you can:
File an injury claim with your insurer.
File a third-party claim directly with the insurance company of the dog's owner.
File a personal injury lawsuit against the dog's owner in civil court.
If you or your child has been bitten or attacked by a dog, you need to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. Your lawyer can determine the best way to proceed with your injury claims and ensure that you file within the specified timeframe.
Statute of limitations
Kentucky dog bite statute of limitations gives victims one (1) year from the date the dog bite incident occurred to commence a civil action against the at-fault party (dog's owner) to recover damages for their dog-related injuries.
The following damages may be recovered by filing a dog bite claim in Kentucky:
Medical bills, including the cost of future medical treatment
Out-of-pocket expenses related to the dog-bite injuries, such as personal care and medications
Lost income and benefits
Loss of enjoyment of life
Reduced earning capacity
Pain, discomfort, and suffering
Burial and funeral expenses if the victim dies
An experienced dog bite injuries attorney can carefully review all the surrounding facts of your personal situation, determine the extent of your dog-related injuries and losses, and help you recover the maximum possible financial compensation.
Work With a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney
Being bitten or attacked by a dog can be an unsettling and traumatizing experience. Such a dog bite or dog attack incident can result in physical injuries, emotional trauma, missed time at work, or infections like rabies, sepsis, or tetanus. However, you don't have to face the challenges and financial liability alone. Therefore, it is essential that you hire a skilled personal injury attorney for proper guidance and to help you seek rightful compensation for your injuries.
At the Law Office of Patrick E. O'Neill, PSC, I am ready and poised to support and advocate for the rights of dog bite victims and their families. Using my in-depth knowledge of Kentucky laws addressing liability in personal injury cases involving dog bites, I will help guide you through the often complex legal process. Also, I can attempt to seek fair financial compensation for your injuries, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other potential damages.
Dog Bites Attorney Serving Jackson, Kentucky
If you, your child, or someone you know were bitten or attacked by a dog, you deserve personalized legal guidance, support, and vigorous representation. Contact me at the Law Office of Patrick E. O'Neill, PSC, today to schedule a simple case assessment. My firm is proud to represent dog bite victims across Jackson, Campton, Beattyville, Booneville, West Liberty, and Stanton, Kentucky.