Indianapolis Dog Bite Lawyer
Want to sue for a dog attack in Indianapolis?
Few accidents are more traumatic than a dog attack. Dog attacks are estimated
to effect nearly 5 million Americans each year. If you suffered from severe
dog bites as a result of an owner or caretaker's negligence, we can
help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve! After contacting
the local police and animal control department, the next best step you
can take is to speak with a competent personal injury attorney to obtain
the advice you need to move forward.
Dog Liability Grounds in Indiana
Even if an owner is unaware of any vicious tendencies of a dog, it is the
owner's responsibility to keep the dog under reasonable care and control.
Indiana's dog liability depends on three grounds:
- Negligence (it is a Class C Infraction for an owner to allow his/her dog
to stray from his/her property unless the dog was under the reasonable
control of a person)
- The one bite rule (under this regulation, a dog owner cannot be held liable
for any injuries that occurred during a first attack, however, this is
void if the victim was carrying out a duty of law, as explained below)
- Strict liability (where the victim was carrying out a duty imposed by law)
The third ground, according to According to IC 15-5-12-1, means:
If a dog, without provocation, bites any person who is peaceably conducting
himself in any place where he may be required to go for the purpose of
discharging any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by
the laws or postal regulations of the United States of America, the owner
of such dog may be held liable for any damages suffered by the person
bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner's
knowledge of such viciousness.
Attacked by a dog? You could be entitled to compensation!
Even if you were bitten by a dog that has never attacked a human before,
you might still be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Compensation
can cover the following:
- Medical and treatment expenses
- Any loss of pay if work time was lost
- Pain and suffering
- Any permanent injuries, such as scarring or emotional trauma
Also, if the dog has shown vicious tendencies before, the one bite rule
does not apply. Sedwick Law has experience with dog attack cases and can
advise you about how best to proceed. We will look into every aspect of
your case, help you obtain the necessary, supporting evidence and bring
on local animal control authorities, dog training experts and medical
experts, if relevant. For more information on Indiana's dog bite laws,
click on this link or contact Sedwick Law today for the extensive knowledge and experience
you can count on to fairly represent you!