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Kentucky & Tennessee Dog Bite Lawyers

Dog bites can happen when it’s least expected and can leave victims with lasting physical and emotional scars. Every year, more than four and a half million Americans are bitten by dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. If you or someone you love has suffered a dog attack, contact the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart. We are highly experienced personal injury attorneys, who are passionate about protecting the rights of dog bite victims. We can help you evaluate your case for free, call us at (888) 782-9090 or fill out our contact form online.

Why We Should Advocate for You

  • We have more than 42 years of experience representing dog bite victims.
  • We resolve 90 percent of our cases with outcomes that are beneficial to our clients.
  • We will accept your claim if we are confident we can secure compensation, as we do not get paid unless you do.

Dog Bite Injuries

No matter the age of the victim, the effects of being bit by a dog can be life-changing. Some of the serious dog bite injuries that can be caused include:

  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Contusions
  • Disfigurement
  • Facial injuries
  • Severe scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Broken bones
  • Amputation
  • Head injuries
  • Infections such as Rabies
  • Psychological damage

Although anyone can suffer the damaging effects of a dog attack, both children and the elderly are most susceptible to suffering severe, and even life-threatening injuries.

Dog Bite Laws in Kentucky

Kentucky operates under “strict liability” laws when it comes to dog bites. This means that the owner of a dog is responsible when their animal causes injury to a person. Negligence on behalf of the owner does not have to be proven by the victim. Even when reasonable care is taken by the owner or if the dog has not been previously aggressive, the dog’s owner is still liable.

However, when it comes to obtaining a financial award, Kentucky’s law of comparative negligence will still apply. Under this principle, the damages the owner owes will be reduced by the victim’s percentage of fault.

Dog bite victims are given one year from the date of the injury to file a personal lawsuit. If a civil suit is not filed within that time, the case will not be heard.

Types of Damages in a Dog Bite Case

Following a dog bite, the injured party may pursue these damages:

  • Medical Bills: any costs of treatment or medical expenses related to the injury.
  • Lost Income: any income lost while the victim was unable to work.
  • Property Damage: any type of property that was damaged during the attack, such as eyeglasses.
  • Pain and Suffering: the extent of physical pain and emotional trauma.
  • Punitive damages: only awarded when an owner’s behavior was particularly egregious.

The damages you may be awarded have no set limits, as the state of Kentucky does not have a law in place setting caps. However, as previously stated, compensation can be reduced if the victim is found to be even partially at fault.

Our Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help

Those who have suffered a dog bite injury in Kentucky should speak with our qualified dog bite lawyer at the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart. We have decades of experience and have produced tens of millions of dollars in results. Contact us today and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We serve the communities of both Glasgow and Bowling Green.