DOG BITE ATTORNEY
Dog bites are among the most tragic injuries, often leaving a victim with intense pain, permanent scars, and psychological trauma. Additionally, children are frequent dog attack victims and dog bite injuries can be financially devastating to victims and their families. For nearly forty years, The Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart has represented hundreds of dog attack injury victims. If you or your child have been attacked by a dog, call dog bite injury attorney Flora Templeton Stuart for a free case evaluation. Our firm has offices in Warren and Barren County, but we represent clients throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, and the nation. While our offices are in Bowling Green and Glasgow, we travel to our injured clients.
In a dog bite injury case, it is important to retain an experienced dog attack lawyer as soon as possible. Although the statute of limitations is one year, it is important to contact a dog injury attorney quickly so we can investigate the claim. We will need to document all injures with photographs, obtain medical records, and locate any potential witnesses.
Dog bite victims can recover for injuries sustained by direct contact with the dog and those sustained in an effort to avoid the dog attack. Kentucky’s dog bite laws impose strict liability on owners, even if the dog has never shown aggressive behavior in the past.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog bite, here are some important things to remember:
GET MEDICAL TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY
After a dog attack, the most important thing to do is seek medical treatment immediately, no matter how minor you think the injury is. Proper medical treatment is imperative for a complete recovery and will help reduce the risk of contracting an infection from the dog bite. Avoiding disease, reducing scarring, and minimizing damage are important aspects of your recovery after a dog bite. Documenting your injuries is also important to receiving adequate compensation for your dog attack injuries.
REPORT THE ATTACK
Report the incident to local authorities such as the police or animal control. They will investigate the dog attack, possibly impound the dog, and may criminally charge the owner. The results of this investigation are critical to your dog bite injury case.
Try to get names and numbers of anyone who witnessed the dog attack and get any information you can about the dog’s owner and the dog itself including medical history and breed.
INSURANCE COVERAGE IN A DOG BITE INJURY CASE
If the owner of the dog owns real estate, there will typically be coverage under the homeowner’s policy to pay your medical bills. Even if the attack occurred off their property, the homeowner’s insurance may still apply. If the owner of the dog rents their residence, they may have renter’s insurance that could cover your injuries, or the landlord or owner of the property may be responsible – depending on the terms of the lease. 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 get all the insurance benefits you deserve.
CHILD VICTIMS OF DOG ATTACKS
When a child is a dog bite victim, he or she must have the District Court appoint a guardian to pursue the claim on the child’s behalf. The court-appointed representative is often a parent or immediate family member. Attorney Flora Templeton Stuart will assist with the court appointment for no additional charge.
When a child recovers for injuries sustained from a dog attack, Flora Templeton Stuart and her staff will place the funds in a blocked guardianship account or a trust account. Creating a trust account has many advantages, including reducing tax liability and preserving a child’s Medicaid eligibility.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DOG BITE ATTORNEY
If you have been injured by in a dog attack, contact an experienced dog attack attorney to investigate your case and help you get the compensation you deserve. At our law firm not only will you meet and consult with a dog bite lawyer in the initial visit, you can be assured that Flora Templeton Stuart will be working on your case. We will travel to you if you can’t come to us. Even after the case is settled we negotiate our client’s liens with Medicare, Medicaid, Health Insurance, and healthcare providers (doctors and hospitals) to reduce bills so our clients will be made whole. We do not collect any fees, costs or expenses unless our client recovers… personal representation, that’s our promise; that’s our guarantee! Call Warren and Barren County, Kentucky attorney Flora Templeton Stuart at (888) 782-9090 for a free initial consultation twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week so we can begin to work for you.
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TOP DOG BITE FAQS
Animal bite injuries are among the most tragic injuries we see—often leaving a victim with intense pain, permanent scars, and psychological trauma. Even more tragic, children are frequent victims of animal attacks—especially dog bites. Animal bite injury victims commonly suffer from bruising, lacerations and scarring. They may need to take shots to prevent infection and may require ongoing medical treatment. In Kentucky, victims of dog bites may be able to recover for injuries sustained by direct contact with the dog and those sustained in an effort to avoid the attack. Dog bite injury cases fall under the umbrella of premises liability.
A child injury case may be brought when an individual under the age of 18 is injured through no fault of their own. Child dog bite cases are especially heartbreaking as severe injuries often occur. If your child was the victim of a dog attack, a guardian must be appointed by the District Court to pursue the claim on the child’s behalf. The court-appointed representative is usually a parent or immediate family member. Dog bite lawyer Flora Templeton Stuart will assist with this court appointment for no additional charge.
By law, any recovery your child receives for his/her dog bite injury must be held in trust until he/she is 18 years of age. Our law firm provides clients the option of establishing a trust fund, annuity or college fund to protect the money for future use by your child. Creating a trust account has many advantages including reducing tax liability and preserving your child’s Medicaid eligibility.
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