Rover is an app-based company that connects dogs to dog walkers or sitters. Started in Seattle in 2011, the company boasts 25,000 sitters in the U.S. and is considered the big dog on the block when it comes to “dog-lovers for hire.”
The user downloads the app and then can order a sitter or a walker to come at the set time and perform their service for a pre-agreed upon fee. Sounds good, and many dog lovers love it. Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong. Dogs can get restless, aggressive or territorial and then bite someone. A sitter can be attacked by a dog, or a dog might be attacked by another dog in the sitter’s care.
The question is, who is going to pay?
Rover Dog Bite Liability
The answer to who pays will depend on who the victim is, the circumstances of the injury and Kentucky law. But before we get to that, let’s look at what Rover agrees to pay.
Rover agrees to pay anyone injured by a dog cared for by a Rover independent contractor up to $1 million for bodily injury to any third party or property damage to the pet owner’s property. Rover also agrees to pay $25,000 for any injury to the pets under their care, the sitter’s pet or any third party pet.
But the dirty little secret here is that Rover’s guarantee isn’t insurance so they are paying only under certain conditions which they control.
When are they required by law to pay?
If the victim is just walking down the street and gets bit by a dog being cared for by a Rover walker, then Kentucky’s dog bite laws come into play. Under state law, the owner of a dog that bites a person and causes injury is liable for all damages under Kentucky civil law.
However, if the dog owner doesn’t have homeowners or renter’s insurance, and isn’t rich enough to just cover the damages, then Rover’s guarantee program will pay for certain damages:
Rover Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites can be painful and do a significant amount of damage. The victim can be left with months of recovery and even permanent damage. Some of the most common of these injuries are:
- Puncture Wounds
- Muscle Damage
- Nerve Damage
- Permanent Disfigurement
- PTSD/Mental Anguish
If you’ve been injured by a Rover dog or any other dog in a sitter’s care, talk to Dog Bite Attorney who can help you find out who is going to pay for your injuries. Don’t take the word of the sitter company or the insurance company, get advice from someone who is on your side.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today
Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field.
Talk to a Louisville Dog Bite Injury Attorney you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.