According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in five people will be bitten by a dog so badly they will require medical attention. When dogs attack, it can cause serious injuries and severe scarring, especially when it’s a big dog from a big dog breed. These injuries can be costly to treat, and a person may suffer from the injuries for a very long time, possibly even suffering permanent injury.
With the pain of the injury and medical bills that continue to pile up, it can be difficult for a person to return to their best life after a dog bite or attack. A dog bite attorney in Kentucky can help anyone suffering from a dog bite recover the compensation they need that can help ease the financial burden of their injuries and related medical bills. The sooner those injuries are treated, the sooner injured individuals can start putting the incident behind them and get to their best life.
Kentucky Laws on Dog Bites
Kentucky’s laws on dog bites are outlined in Section 258.235 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes. According to these laws, dog owners are considered to be strictly liable for any injuries their dog causes during a bite or attack. Strict liability means that the dog owner will be held responsible even if they tried to restrain the dog, and even if the owner had no previous knowledge of their dog’s aggressive or violent tendencies.
This statute also provides that anyone has the authority to kill or seize a dog if that person sees the dog attacking another person. Livestock owners also have the same right to kill or seize a dog if they see a dog attacking or biting the livestock on their property.
Lastly, Kentucky’s statutes also state that vicious dogs must be confined in a locked enclosure, such as a fence, that is at least seven feet high. The dog may only leave this enclosure to visit the veterinarian or to be taken to an animal shelter.
Kentucky statute 258.095 was amended in 2017 to remove the strict liability of landlords who rent to tenants with dogs. Now, landlords are only liable if:
1. the landlord knew or should have known that the dog was dangerous;
2. the damage took place in an area under the control of the landlord;
3. and the landlord failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the damage.
The laws surrounding dog bites in Kentucky are strict but not always obvious. When you are severely injured by a dog then you should always have your case reviewed by an injury professional who handles serious Kentucky injuries every day.
Serious Injuries Due to Dog Bites and Attacks
Luckily, most cases of dog bites are very minor. There are times, however, when dog bites cause serious injury. In cases when a dog viciously attacks an innocent person, those injuries become even more severe. The injuries a person may sustain after a dog bite or attack include, but are not limited to:
Cuts and puncture wounds, particularly if the dog has repeatedly bitten a person during an attack;
Permanent scarring to the hands, arms, legs, torso, face, and head;
Scarring so severe it causes permanent disfigurement or loss of limb;
Crush injuries, most often caused by a dog’s jaw forcefully holding someone and not letting go;
Rabies infection, if the dog was infected;
Secondary injuries, such as concussions from falling if a dog jumps onto a person;
Bacterial infections; and
Post-traumatic stress, in particular, developing a lifelong fear of dogs.
The elderly and children are especially vulnerable to serious injuries during a dog attack. The elderly are usually less able to maintain their balance and their bones are more brittle. Children are often of similar height to a dog, leaving their face and head easily exposed to a dog during an attack. Children are also curious and unpredictable by nature. They may run up to an unfamiliar dog simply to pet it, and end up being viciously bitten or attacked.
Contact a Kentucky Dog Bite Lawyer Who Can Help
Dog bites can inflict numerous injuries, along with severe pain and suffering, to accident victims. These injuries can be very expensive to treat and take a long time to fully heal. In the case of severe scarring or disfigurement, a person may need to live with their injuries for the rest of their life.
However, they do not have to do it alone. A dog bite attorney in Kentucky can help. If you have been injured by a dog bite or attack, call the Morrin Law Office at (859) 358-0300 or fill out our online form for a free case evaluation. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you claim a settlement, or file a case in court if necessary, so you can get back to your best health as soon as possible. In Kentucky, there are time limits for when a lawsuit may be filed, in dog bite cases it is generally one (1) year from the date of the injury. Do not wait, contact us today to protect your rights!