Dog Bite Attorneys in Lexington, Kentucky
At Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, we're no strangers to the devastating impact that animal attacks can have. Our experienced team of dog bite attorneys is dedicated to helping injury victims navigate the legal process and advocate for their right to recovery. From physical injuries to emotional trauma or ongoing medical expenses, we're here to help you seek the full compensation you deserve.
Contact our personal injury firm in Lexington, Kentucky, to schedule a free consultation with one of our dog bite attorneys today and discover the difference we can make. Dog bite cases can be challenging to navigate, so it's crucial to have a knowledgeable and dedicated lawyer in your corner.
Filing a Dog Bite Claim in Kentucky
Kentucky law is clear — dog owners are strictly liable for any injuries caused by their dogs biting others. Some states have a "one bite rule"; Kentucky does not. This means even if the pet owner had no reason to believe their dog was dangerous, they can still be held responsible for the damages. We assure you, we're well-versed in Kentucky's dog bite laws and will work tirelessly to build a strong case on your behalf.
Types of damages you can recover
Dog bite injuries can be incredibly severe and have long-lasting consequences. That's why it's essential to seek full compensation for all the damages you've incurred. In Kentucky, you may be entitled to recover economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage, whereas non-economic damages address non-tangible losses like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Pursuing a claim on behalf of a minor
Children are the most impacted demographic when it comes to dog bites. If a child is injured by a dog in Kentucky, their parents or legal guardians can certainly file a claim on their behalf.
At Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, our personal injury attorneys will guide you and your child through every step of the process with the utmost compassion and understanding.
Personal injury statute of limitations
In Kentucky, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally one year from the date of the injury. This means you've got a year from the time of your attack to file a lawsuit against the dog's owner. To build an effective claim, you need to act quickly, which is why it's so important to contact a dog bite attorney as soon as possible. We'll help you gather sufficient evidence and file your claim on time.
Understanding comparative negligence
In Kentucky, we operate under a rule known as comparative negligence when it comes to determining liability in injury cases. This rule acknowledges that sometimes more than one party shares responsibility for an incident and makes it so the amount of compensation awarded reflects each party's percentage of fault.
If you're found to be partially at fault for the dog bite incident, don't worry — you can still seek damages. However, the amount you can receive will be reduced in line with your percentage of fault.
For instance, if you're seeking $30,000 in damages but are found to be 20% at fault for the incident, you'd receive $24,000 instead (a 20% reduction).
At Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, we believe in fighting for justice and the compensation you deserve. With our team by your side, we'll guide you through every step of the process, keeping you informed and addressing your concerns promptly. Your fight is our fight.
What to Do After an Attack
Though the consequences of an animal attack can be frightening and painful, it's important for victims to know that a path to justice exists. In order to hold the responsible party accountable for any related expenses, victims of an animal attack should do the following:
Identify the animal and its owner. Gather as much information as you can, including the owner's name, phone number, and address.
Report the incident to the police. This not only helps document the attack, but it also ensures that proper authorities are notified and can take appropriate action.
Always prioritize your health and safety. Even if the bite seems minor, having a medical professional evaluate your injuries and provide appropriate treatment is crucial. Follow their advice and continue to seek medical attention if needed.
Take pictures of all sustained injuries. These photographs can serve as important evidence in your case.
Keep records of all expenses related to the attack. This includes medical bills, lost wages, and any other costs incurred as a result of the incident. Having these records can help paint a full picture of what your injury has cost you, providing ample support for your claim.
Contact an injury attorney with experience in dog bites and animal attacks. Having a knowledgeable legal team on your side can greatly improve your chances of securing the compensation you need and deserve.
The Impact of Dog Bites
Dog bites can have serious and lasting consequences, both physically and emotionally. Victims may suffer from severe physical injuries, including deep puncture wounds, muscle and nerve damage, lacerations, and even permanent scarring or disfigurement. The emotional trauma of a dog bite can also be substantial, especially for children who are more likely to experience long-term fear or anxiety around dogs.
Don't let the financial burden of these consequences fall on you. Contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step towards seeking justice for your injuries.
Choose Wilson & McQueen, PLLC
Choosing us to handle your dog bite case means you can expect personalized attention and compassionate support throughout the legal process. We'll thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the attack, gather evidence, and consult with experts to determine the full extent of your damages. Our goal? To secure the maximum compensation possible to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and any other damages you've suffered.
Our experienced dog bite attorneys will carefully assess your case and work diligently to pursue the maximum compensation available to you. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that dog bite injuries can take, and we're committed to fighting for your rights while you focus on your health and recovery.
Dog Bite Attorneys in Lexington, Kentucky
We're here at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, ready to provide the guidance and support you need during this challenging time. With our experience, results, and passion for justice, we're confident we can help you navigate through this difficult period. So, let's get started on your case today. Contact our Lexington firm to schedule a free initial consultation. We're proud to serve clients throughout the nearby areas of London, Georgetown, Richmond, and Nicholasville.