Northern Kentucky Dog Bite Injury Lawyers
Dog bites are the most common types of bites caused by pets. Here are a few facts compiled by one of the leading experts in the U.S. on dog bites — Richard H. Polsky, Ph.D.:
- According to the American Medical Association, dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injury.
- Approximately 20 people die every year as a result of a dog attack in the United States.
- Twice as many males are bitten as females.
- Every year, dogs bite more than 3,200 U.S. Postal Workers.
- In the United States alone, more than 4 million people report being bitten by dogs each year.
Kentucky Dog Bite Laws
There is no such thing as one free bite. Kentucky law specifically declares a dog owner to be strictly liable for injuries caused by the owner's dog. The dog owner is responsible for all injuries even if the attack happens in the dog owner's home or on the owner's property.
What the statute means is that an owner of a dog does not have to have any prior knowledge that the dog may bite. The dog may be a kind gentle member of the family, but it does not matter. The owner is responsible for all injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, clothing damage, pain suffering, and mental anguish.
There are different kinds of attacks as well. Some dog bites are puncture wounds. Other bites are vicious and result in tearing and ripping of the skin ligaments and tendons or face muscles. Under Kentucky law, KRS 258.235, a child under the age of 7 cannot be held at fault. Any other person can have his or her fault comparatively measured by a jury: that is to say, there can be an apportionment of fault between the parties.
Steps to Take After a Dog Bite Injury
If you or your child is bitten by a dog, these are the steps you should take immediately following an attack:
- Get medical care immediately – no matter how minor you think the injury is.
- Call the Police & County Health Department to report the attack.
- Obtain the owner, landlord, and/or property owner's name, phone number, and homeowner’s insurance information.
- Take pictures of the dog and the bites.
Then contact Bob Blau, an experienced dog bite attorney. Contacting an attorney for a dog bite is necessary. You must investigate the need for reconstructive plastic surgery, future care, compensation for time lost from work, and medical bills that need to be paid. If a child was bitten there may be a need for psychological counseling due to the traumatic experience, as well as reconstructive surgery as they grow.
Attorney Bob Blau has represented a large number of clients in Northern Kentucky and can help if you or your child suffer an injury from a dog bite.
Free Consultation with Our Northern Kentucky Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
If you or your child suffered an injury from a dog bite in the Northern Kentucky Greater Cincinnati area, you need an attorney from this area to help you. Blau & Kriege is located right off of I-275 on Alexandria Pike (US 27) just south of NKU in Cold Spring, KY. Learn more about our fees in dog bite cases and why clients choose us. Contact us for a free consultation to learn your legal options and protect your rights. CALL TODAY: 859-441-5400 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org