Louisville Dog Bite Attorneys

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https://www.hessigandpohl.com/practice-areas/dog-bite/ If you have been attacked by a dog and are hurt, you may want to consult an experienced dog bite attorney who can give guidance on what is often a difficult situation. You should be compensated for your suffering and any damages that may have occurred as a result of the attack - medical bills, lost work, painful injuries and permanent disability are all common. Call today to speak with a Louisville dog bite lawyer at Hessig & Pohl Hessig & Pohl 922 Franklin St. Louisville, KY 40206 (502) 777-1111 https://www.hessigandpohl.com

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Louisville Dog Bite A t orne y s

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Dog Bite Lawyers in Louisville Dogs are special members of many American families. Even the most beloved canine companion can potentally bite and cause injuries however. If you have been atacked by a dog and hurt you may want to consult an experienced dog bite atorney who can give guidance on what is ofen a difcult situaton. You should be compensated for your sufering and any damages that may have occurred as a result of the atack — medical bills lost work painful injuries and permanent disability are all common. Dog Bite Statstcs There are around 90 million dogs kept as pets in the United States. Estmates show that 36 percent of home have at least one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventon those dogs cause around 4.5 million bite injuries per year. The true numbers of injuries is likely much higher as there is no centralized data collecton regarding dog bites. Many instances go unreported but an estmated 20 percent of dog atack injuries are serious enough to require medical atenton. Every day there are more than 1000 emergency department visits as a result of dog encounters. 20 OF DOG ATTACK INJURIES ARE SERIOUS ENOUGH TO REQUIRE MEDICAL ATTENTION MORE THAN 1000 EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT VISITS AS A RESULT OF DOG ENCOUNTERS

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Why Dogs May Bite Anyone can be atacked by a dog. More than half of dog bites involve animals that are familiar to victm. Children especially children ages fve to nine are ofen the ones most severely injured by dogs because of their size and inability to always recognize a dangerous dog situaton or aggressive behavior. Delivery persons and mail carriers also bear a higher risk of atack. Dogs can be prone to bitng for many reasons. A dog’s personality or breed could potentally predispose it to being aggressive. Some dog breeds are recognized by insurance companies and cites as aggressive and can be restricted or banned. Breeds most commonly afected by these policies are pit bulls and other bull terrier-type dogs German Shepherds Rotweilers Dobermans and Chow Chows. Bitng and aggression are not breed specifc though and any dog has the potental to do serious harm. A dog’s negatve prior experience with people or a history of neglect or abuse may make it bite out of fear. A dog may atack to protect its family members from harm whether real or perceived or to defend its territory food or toys. It may be in pain. It may not have been properly socialized as a puppy which can exacerbate bad behavior and fear. Sometmes the dog may simply be overly excited or playing too roughly and cause and unintentonal injuries. What to Do If You Are Biten There are steps to take immediately afer a dog atack which can increase your chances of being compensated should you decide to take a case to court. Even if you are not sure of how you will handle the situaton it is very important to have well documented evidence of the atack and your injuries. It is beter to have more informaton that is eventually needed than not enough. Depending on the severity of your injury seek the appropriate medical atenton and follow any prescribed treatments. Be mindful of things like rabies and other potental infectons. Photograph your injuries. Again documentaton is critcal. Notfy the owner of the dog if they are not aware of the incident today. Get names and contact informaton of anyone who may have witnessed the atack. Report the incident to the local police and/or animal control especially if you feel the dog could pose a danger to others. Contact an atorney who is experienced with dog bites and animal atacks.

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Kentucky’s Dog Bite Laws Laws concerning dog bites vary from state to state but there are two basic types: negligence or strict liability. Under negligence laws the owner is only held responsible for injuries caused by their dog if they had reason to believe that the dog would bite or if their own negligent behavior contributed to the atack. For example if they allowed their dog to roam without a leash and it bites someone they would be negligent. Kentucky follows strict liability laws and these are more straightorward. Owners are responsible for injuries caused by their dogs in almost all cases. In some strict liability states an owner may not be responsible for their dog’s actons in only tow scenarios: if they can prove that the injured person was trespassing on their private property or if the dog was provoked. Typically a situaton which scares or hurts the dog can be justfed as provocaton. However in Kentucky the laws are diferent. A dog owner is responsible for all injuries caused by their pet however the amount paid as a result of a judgment in a dog bite case can be reduced when there is evidence of shared liability. It is important to act quickly if you decide to take legal acton and pursue compensaton. In personal injury cases like a dog bite Kentucky’s statute of limitatons laws say that you have one year from the date of your atack to initate a case in court. Resolving a Dog Bite Case The homeowner’s insurance policy of the dog owner typically will cover the damages incurred by the ofending animal even when the atack happened away from their home. In 2017 over 686 million was spent by insurance companies to cover dog-related injury claims about one- third of claims according to the Insurance Informaton Insttute and State Farm Insurance. That fgure had been growing steadily every year in terms of both number of claims and dollar amount of payouts. Situatons involving pets can quickly become difcult thanks to the high level of emoton involved. If a friend or family member’s dog is responsible for your injuries you may hesitate to speak with an atorney because you do not want to damage a relatonship or because you are concerned about what will happen to the animal. However you deserve fair compensaton and the professional team at Hessig Pohl can help.

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Hessig Pohl Dog Bite Lawyers Announces the Fee Free Guarantee The involvement of an insurance company may be reassuring because you can recover damages from a company and not the owner directly. This also guarantees that any compensaton won will be paid. However insurance companies are notoriously difcult to deal with. Hessig Pohl can navigate this process with you so you are sure they are playing fair. At Hessig Pohl we understand how sensitve and complicated these cases can be. We have experience with dog bite injuries and can help you recover what was lost as a result of your atack. We ofer the Fee Free Guarantee and you will pay nothing if we cannot get you the compensaton you deserve. As the premier dog bite atorneys in Louisville and throughout Kentucky we are ready to help you. www.hessigandpohl.com 502 777-1111

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