Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dog Bites – Who is held liable for a dog bite

  1. With just a few exceptions, Kentucky’s dog bite laws impose strict liability on pet owners. That means the dog owner is generally held liable for injuries caused by the animal, even if the dog has never shown aggressive behavior in the past.
  2. If the owner of the dog owns real estate, there will usually be coverage under the homeowner’s policy to pay your medical bills. Even if the dog attack occurred off their property, the homeowner’s insurance may still apply. If the dog owner rents his/her residence, they may have renter’s insurance that could cover your injuries, or the landlord/property owner may be responsible–depending on the terms of the lease.
  3. It is also possible that your personal homeowner’s policy could provide coverage. Be sure you contact an experienced dog bite injury lawyer who can help you get all the benefits you are entitled to.
  4. Kentucky has strict liability laws relating to injuries caused by dog attacks, but there are a few cases where pet owners may not be held liable. If the victim of the dog bite provoked the dog to attack or trespassed on private properly, the pet owner may not be responsible for the injuries. If you are unsure if you have a dog bite injury claim, contact a dog bite attorney for a case evaluation.