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!