Dog bites can be traumatic and overwhelming, leaving victims unsure of the steps they should take to ensure their health and protect their legal rights. The team at Franklin Injury Law, PLLC, led by attorney Joel A. Franklin, is here to guide you through the essential actions to take if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog.

Immediate Steps to Take After a Dog Bite

  1. Seek Medical Attention:
    • Your health and safety are paramount. Immediately clean the wound with soap and water to reduce the risk of infection. Seek professional medical attention as soon as possible, even if the bite seems minor. Dog bites can lead to serious infections or other complications that may not be immediately visible.
  2. Document the Incident:
    • Take detailed notes of the incident, including the time, location, and circumstances surrounding the bite. Photograph your injuries and the location where the incident occurred. If possible, obtain the dog owner’s contact information and any witness statements.
  3. Report the Bite:
    • Report the dog bite to local animal control or law enforcement. This helps to document the incident officially and can prevent future attacks by ensuring that appropriate measures are taken with the dog involved.
  4. Preserve Evidence:
    • Keep all medical records, photographs, and any other documentation related to the bite and your injuries. This evidence will be crucial in building your case if you decide to seek legal compensation.

Legal Steps to Take After a Dog Bite

  1. Contact an Experienced Dog Bite Attorney:
    • Navigating the legal complexities following a dog bite can be challenging. The team at Franklin Injury Law, PLLC, led by Joel A. Franklin, has extensive experience handling dog bite cases. We can help you understand your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
  2. Understand Kentucky’s Dog Bite Laws:
    • In Kentucky, dog owners are held strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs. This means you do not need to prove the owner was negligent; you only need to prove that the dog caused your injuries and prove ownership of the dog. An experienced attorney can help you navigate these laws and build a strong case.*
  3. File a Claim:
    • With the guidance of your attorney, file a claim against the dog owner’s insurance company. Your lawyer will handle communications with the insurance company and negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive fair compensation.

Why Choose Franklin Injury Law, PLLC?

At Franklin Injury Law, PLLC, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a dog bite can take on victims and their families. Attorney Joel A. Franklin and his dedicated team are committed to providing personalized, compassionate legal representation. We will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, don’t wait to seek legal help. Call Franklin Injury Law, PLLC today at 502.416.1206 or visit our Contact Us page to fill out the contact us form. Let us help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.


Additional Resources

For more information on dog bite laws and your rights, check out these resources:

By following these steps and seeking the right legal help, you can ensure your rights are protected and take the necessary steps towards recovery. The team at Franklin Injury Law, PLLC is here to support you every step of the way.

*Note, every situation is different and this is a general rule of thumb.

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