Compensation to Get Beyond Your Injuries
You never expected you or a loved to get attacked by a dog. It’s shocking, truly coming out of nowhere. Even more, you didn’t foresee needing serious medical attention because of a dog bite.
But this happens more than you think. People aren’t always responsible with their dogs.
Now you’re left wondering how to pay for high medical bills that you had no chance to plan for. Is the dog’s owner liable for your costs? Are you eligible for compensation?
At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, we’ve helped thousands of people in Kentucky and West Virginia navigate personal injury claims including dog bite cases. We can determine whether you’re eligible for compensation to help you get past this frightening incident.
Find out what rights you have today.
What You Should Do After a Dog Bite
As freakish as this event may seem, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. Of those, 800,000 sought medical care.
If you suffered a dog bite, seek medical attention immediately.
And then seek out a personal injury lawyer.
In Kentucky, dog bite cases have a one-year limit, so you need to act fast. The longer you wait, the more your case loses its strength.
Eventually, you won’t be able to seek compensation at all.
West Virginia doesn’t have a limit just for dog bites. But for all kinds of personal injury—including dog bites—the deadline for filing a case is two years.
The dog bite lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer know how the law treats dog bites in both states. We’ll help you get your life back to normal.
When Is a Dog Owner Liable for Your Injuries?
The key to every personal injury case is negligence. If someone’s negligence led to your injury, they may be liable for the costs they’ve caused.
When is a dog owner liable for the dog bite? The answer varies state by state:
- Kentucky is a strict liability state, which means the dog’s owner is liable for any injuries it caused.
The law does not specify what type of injuries the dog owner is liable for, so you can claim damages even if the dog hurt you in some other way besides biting. For example, if a dog jumped on you, knocked you down and hurt you you can hold the owner liable.
- West Virginia is also a strict liability state, but differs slightly from Kentucky. The law states any owner that allows his dog to “run at large” can be liable for injuries inflicted by the dog while it was “running at large.”
Courts have interpreted this to mean either the dog is running free outside its yard, or it’s unleashed anywhere, in the yard or not.
At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, we know this can be confusing. We’re here to help.
We can make sure irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs pay for their carelessness. Let us apply the law to your case, while you focus on recovering from your injuries.