Most people know dogs to be man’s best friend. But when a dog displays violent and aggressive behavior, it can be dangerous and unsafe. There is nothing more terrifying than an animal with no sense of reason or control attacking you or someone you love. The effects from a dog bite can be severe, ranging from broken bones, puncture wounds, bodily mutilation and infection.
If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, immediately see a doctor and then contact one of dedicated injury attorneys. We offer a free consultation with one of our Covington dog bite lawyers to see if you have a case and are entitled compensation.
REPORTING A DOG BITE INJURY
The harmful effects from a dog bite can be devastating. The pain will be severe, but the resulting medical problems are often even worse. Trying to get the dog’s owner or their insurance company to pay for medical treatments and provide compensation could be a frustrating and time-consuming task that would be easier if you had legal help.
When reporting a dog bite, it is important to have an attorney ready to represent you through this traumatic time. Our attorneys in Covington are experienced handling dog bite cases and will be essential to assisting you in every way.
OWNER LIABILITY IN CANINE ATTACK CASES
Kentucky law states that in the case of a dog bite injury, the owner is completely liable for all damages caused. If a dog has attacked you or a loved one in an unprovoked encounter, the owner could face serious consequences, including:
- The dog’s owner will be charged with harboring a dangerous animal.
- The dog will be removed from the public so that the incident does not occur again.
- While the dog may not be put down, the owner will be required to keep the dog in a kennel or enclosed space large enough to prevent it from roaming freely.
- The dog will only be allowed in public for necessary reasons and will be required to wear a muzzle for the safety of others.
It is important to note that if a victim was legally on the property where the attack occurred and did not provoke the dog in any way, he or she may be entitled to compensation. While the dog might have been the one to cause harm to you or the injured victim, it ultimately lies with the owner to take responsibility for its actions. Do not let the owner avoid responsibility because they were not the ones that physically caused the harm. You have the option to speak with one of our experienced dog bite attorneys in Covington to see if you are entitled to compensation and what further action you should take.
BENEFITS OF A DOG BITE ATTORNEY
People can be very attached to their dogs and will defend their every action, even harmful ones. They will fight for their dog, so you should have someone fighting for you.
The complexities that follow one of these incidents can be very difficult and time-consuming, involving police reports, insurance investigations and medical bills. Having an attorney on your side can help handle much of this for you.
We will conduct a thorough investigation into your accident by:
- Interviewing witnesses and individuals who have interacted with the dog
- Talking with any former owners of the dog
- Investigating previous attacks or attempted attacks made by the dog
- Interviewing frequent visitors/ people who interact with the dog
- Researching previous complaints filed against the dog or the dog’s owner
- Collecting any documents filed by animal control departments or the police records.
Our attorneys have handled many cases involving dog bites in the past and will know exactly how to help you and your family. The Covington dog bite attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy will do everything possible to help you get the justice and maximum compensation you deserve.
LEASH LAWS AND BREED RESTRICTIONS IN COVINGTON
Covington law states that all animals owned by a person should be properly secured at all times, whether by a leash or kept safely in humane conditions. If you have been attacked by an owned dog that was roaming freely without wearing a leash or having any form of supervision, the owner is liable for any resulting injuries.
There are also certain breeds in Covington that are restricted unless given permission by the proper authorities. These dogs fall under a breed restriction ordinance that prevents people from owning dogs deemed dangerous or unpredictable. The ban includes the following breeds:
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Wolf hybrids
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a negligent dog owner, an experienced Covington attorney at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can help. We offer a free consultation to see if you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you have received.
HAVE YOUR CASE REVIEWED FOR FREE BY A COVINGTON DOG BITE ATTORNEY
The time after a dog attack can be trying and traumatic. The event can be painful, frightening and life-threatening. This type of incident will also lead to a long road of legal, medical and financial burdens. You will need a professional and experienced legal team to ensure that you and your loved one’s well-being is seen as a priority.
Do not hesitate to O’Connor, Acciani & Levy today for a free, no obligation consultation to determine if you have a case and if you are entitled to compensation. Our attorneys work only on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe no upfront costs or legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.