Dog Bites and Attacks

The personal injury attorneys of Goldberg Simpson are experienced in handling claims involving injuries resulting from dog bites and other animal bites which can cause severe injuries and permanent scars. Dog bites are some of the most common and preventable injuries which are compensable under the law. There are over 78 million dogs kept as pets in the United States leading to over 4.5 million dog bites per year, with 800,000 of those requiring medical care. Furthermore, Kentucky statutes, as well as city and county ordinances, make the owners of dogs strictly liable under many circumstances, particularly, when the victim has not done anything to provoke the attack. Also, the medical expenses for the treatment of dog bites can be quite significant often involving treatment in an emergency room, infections, bone and joint injuries, and permanent scarring. In particular, scarring to the face and other exposed body parts can add a significant amount of psychological trauma in addition to the obvious physical effects. This is particularly pronounced in certain groups such as teenagers and young adults who may be hypersensitive as to their appearance.

Furthermore, recent developments in Kentucky law indicate that not only is a dog’s actual owner potentially liable for the injuries and damages, but also owners of property rented to the dog’s actual owner. Often, a person renting property on which the dog is kept, will not have liability insurance, or will have insufficient liability insurance or assets to wholly compensate the victim for their injuries. Unfortunately for dog bite victims, only an estimated 31% of renters carry insurance compared to 96% of homeowners. Therefore, an experienced attorney can explore other potential avenues of recovery of insurance, and possibly individual assets, to fully compensate the victim. Other potential liable parties may include groomers and kennels, and other businesses where dogs are kept which add additional sources of compensation apart from the dog’s actual owner. The only exceptions are the situations where a victim was trespassing on the dog owner’s property or if the victim actually provoked the dog. Dog responses are often unpredictable; they may have been abused or raised to be aggressive.

Should you or someone you know be the unfortunate victim of a dog bite or other animal bite, the personal injury attorneys of Goldberg Simpson are a phone call or email away from exploring the legal rights and responsibilities involved in such cases. Goldberg Simpson’s attorneys practice throughout the state, and sometime outside of the state to protect their clients’ legal rights. In addition to actively practicing in the Metro Louisville area of Jefferson County, Oldham County, Shelby County, Bullitt County, and Meade County, in recent years Goldberg Simpson’s personal injury attorneys have handled personal injury cases all over the state, including Lexington/Fayette County, Elizabethtown/Hardin County, Bowling Green/Warren County, Frankfort/Franklin County, Pikeville/Pike County, Owensboro/Daviess County, Paducah/McCracken County, Newport/Campbell County, Boone County, Covington/Kenton County, and a host of other cities and counties. Most cases can be handled from a distance, and even for those cases where the distance may not make it feasible for our attorneys to actively litigate a case, the personal injury attorneys of Goldberg Simpson have attorney contacts in all regions of the state, and throughout the United States who may be called upon to assist in providing professional, competent, and efficient legal representation. We stand ready to assist you, and all initial consultations with respect to personal injury cases are free of charge, and in almost all cases, should we take your case, you only pay an attorney fee if we are successful in recovering compensation on your behalf.