Aggressive Louisville Dog Bite Injury Attorney
The Whaley Law Firm Advocates for Adults and Children Who Were Attacked by Dogs
Dog bites can send you to the hospital in an ambulance, lead to a severe personal injury and result in emotional trauma and scars lasting a lifetime. You or a loved one may sustain fractured bones, lacerations, puncture wounds, nerve damage or facial disfigurement. If you're the victim of a dog attack, you know they can happen anywhere and anytime. You may have been injured while jogging. A friend or relative's dog may have even attacked you with no warning.
Knowing what to do after a dog bite can be especially difficult and confusing. You may be familiar with the dog and know its owner. Filing a dog bite lawsuit against your friend may be the last thing you want to do. It is important to understand that when seeking compensation in a dog bite case, you are usually are pursuing a settlement from the insurance company, not your friend or neighbor. We understand how to apply discretion when handling dog bite cases to avoid conflict between friends and neighbors.
- What Should I Do If I'm Injured by a Dog?
- What Should I Do If My Child Is Injured?
- Whose Insurance Policy Will Cover My Bills?
The dog owner's insurance company may try to minimize the extent of the injury and the extent of the injuries' effects. The Whaley Law Firm understands how to take an aggressive stand for clients. If you or your child is bitten by a dog, contact a dog bite attorney today. Call our Louisville office at 866-703-7575. Your consultation is free and there's no obligation. You don't pay us any attorney's fees unless we recover compensation for you.* It's that simple.
* Per the Kentucky Bar Association advertising rules, we are required to state that court costs and related fees are the responsibility of the client. However, at the Whaley Law Firm, our policy is to waive these costs and fees in the event there is no award.
What Should I Do If I'm Injured by a Dog?
When a dog attacks you or a loved one, it's important to be prepared and understand what to do after a dog bite. The Whaley Law Firm recommends taking the following steps:
- Identify the dog, its owners and where they live.
- See a doctor and get copies of medical records related to the dog attack.
- Call your animal control officer or police department to report the attack.
- If safe to do so, take pictures of the dog that bit you.
- Take pictures of your injury and the accident location.
- Contact an experienced attorney to protect your legal rights.
At the Whaley Law Firm, we can put our experience and resources to work for you. Don't hesitate to contact an experienced Louisville dog bite attorney who knows how to protect your rights and pursue justice after you or a loved one was injured.
What Should I Do If My Child Is Injured?
Dog bites can be among the most frightening and painful injuries for children. Even a small dog is capable of causing permanent damage or scarring. A dog bite from a large animal may require amputation, surgery on multiple limbs or facial reconstruction surgery. When a child is injured, physical and emotional damage may last a lifetime and result in steep medical bills due to therapy, medication and other long-term costs associated with an accident.
What types of injuries can a child sustain when attacked by a dog? A potential list of injuries is long and distressing, including the following:
- Injuries requiring surgery
- Orthopedic injuries
- Permanent damage to hands and feet
- Injuries resulting in facial disfigurement
- Loss of hands, feet or other limbs
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of all dog bite victims requiring medical attention are children. The Whaley Law Firm recommends seeking medical attention immediately if a child is injured by a dog. We then recommend contacting an experienced attorney who can prove the extent of your child's injuries to insurance companies, prove fault for the accident and seek the benefits you deserve for the long-term cost of child's injuries.
Whose Insurance Policy Will Cover My Bills?
Kentucky dog bite cases can arise out of a dog attack at the home of a friend, neighbor or relative or a commercial property. The Whaley Law Firm understands how these situations can make all parties involved uncomfortable. Generally, negotiations take place between your attorney and the insurance company. A homeowner's insurance or commercial property insurance typically covers dog bite insurance claims.
Our attorneys are committed to helping injury victims pursue dog bite claims. In pursuing an insurance claim related to a dog bite, you will want to make sure the insurance companies cover all of your losses. A dog bite can result in steep medical costs. Disfigurement may result in a need for costly cosmetic surgery. In addition to pain and suffering, you may be entitled to compensation for you or your child's emotional distress.
At the Whaley Law Firm, our dog bite injury attorneys are not afraid to challenge insurance companies and lawyers who may try to make arguments to reduce your compensation. With so much at stake after you've been injured or a loved one was injured or killed due to a dog attack, you need an experienced attorney to stand up for your rights. We can help. Our passionate, knowledgeable legal team is dedicated to obtaining the maximum amount of compensation for your physical, emotional and financial damages.