If a dog bit you or a loved one, you could be suffering from serious injuries and expensive medical bills. Remember that as a victim, you could be entitled to financial compensation.
If you are interested in learning more about your legal options, a Fort Wayne dog bite lawyer at Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., can help you. Our team is available to answer your questions during a free consultation and can help you decide if legal action is right for you.
Hiring a Fort Wayne Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help You Recover Compensation
There are many potential benefits to hiring a lawyer from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. for help with your dog bite case. Our lawyer can provide support as you venture into a legal journey that could feel complicated, overwhelming, and intimidating.
Our dog bite lawyer can answer any questions you might have, allowing you to understand each step of the process and ensure that you make informed decisions.
Our legal team can also help you by:
- Reviewing your case to see if there are any identifiable liable parties
- Conducting a private investigation to find more information about the dog’s owner or who might be responsible for their actions
- Collecting evidence to support your case, such as witness cell phone recordings or the police report of your incident
- Communicating with insurance company representatives, attorneys, and other legal parties on your behalf
- Representing you during settlement negotiations
- Presenting your case in court if necessary
If you are having financial difficulties due to expenses related to your dog bite injury, we can assist with any cumbersome, tedious paperwork that comes along with your case for damages. You may only have one shot at justice, do not miss out on the compensation you deserve.
The Problem With Handling Your Case On Your Own
Sometimes, a personal injury victim will try to handle their case on their own. Handling a legal matter can be a complex process. You will need to gather sufficient evidence to support your case, establish the other party’s negligence, negotiate with the insurance company, and ensure all paperwork is accurately filled out and filed on time.
With a lawyer on your side, you won’t have to handle the details of your case on your own. Instead, you’ll be able to focus on your recovery. In addition, our law firm works on a contingency fee basis. This means you will not have to pay anything upfront or out of pocket unless we recover compensation. We don’t want your financial situation to stand between you and obtaining justice.
Fort Wayne Dog Bite Victims Can Recover Compensation for Their Injuries
The types of compensation available for you or your loved ones following a dog bite accident depend on your case’s details. If you can prove liability, you may be able to recover a financial award in one or more of the following ways:
- Reimbursement for past medical bills and future expenses
- Damages for emotional suffering
- Reimbursement for legal fees incurred while fighting for justice
- Lost wages if you are unable to work following your injuries
- Much more
Wrongful Death Damages in a Fort Wayne Dog Bite Case
If you lost a family member due to a dog attack, please accept our deepest condolences. This should have never happened. Based on the details of your case, we can help you claim additional damages, such as:
- Your loved one’s funeral and burial expenses
- Your loved one’s medical expenses prior to their untimely death
- Loss of the decedent’s love and companionship (these damages may be capped)
We are available to help you fight for your right to compensation following a dog bite injury or wrongful death.
Your Fort Wayne Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help You Determine Who Was At Fault
Determining fault in a dog bite case is important. The laws regarding dog bites and animal control can vary depending on where your accident took place. During the course of our investigation, we may find that one or more of the following parties share responsibility for your losses:
The Dog’s Owner
Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. There is an exception, though. Indiana operates under the “one-bite rule,” per IC § 15-20-1-3. If the dog owner can prove they were unaware of their dog’s aggressive or violent nature or prior behavior, the owner can avoid liability. Our job will be to investigate the dog and gather evidence to show that the dog is dangerous and that your injuries merit compensation.
A Government Department
If a stray dog bit you, you could hold a government organization responsible. You could argue that because the dog was not captured by animal control, you were harmed.
The Owner of a Pet Store or Shelter
You may have been injured while looking to buy or adopt a dog. Before interacting with the animal, the store or shelter’s owner should have let you know in advance of the dog’s temperament. Failing to do so, you could not have known that the animal was dangerous, and thus, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses.
If a third party failed to control an animal, let a dangerous animal off its leash, owned a prohibited breed of dog or was negligent in any way leading to your injuries, you could have a case. Our team can help you determine liability and explain more about what you could expect for compensation in your case.
Determining and Proving Fault
To determine the other party in your case is at fault, your lawyer will have to gather evidence supporting that theory. In your case, this evidence could be:
- The police report
- Your medical records
- Witness cell phone footage or photos
- Eyewitness testimony
- A written statement from a medical professional or canine expert
- Any previous reports of the dog’s violent nature
Your lawyer will have to establish fault to the insurance company or a court. To do this, your lawyer will have to demonstrate:
- The dog owner owed you a duty of care that would prevent you from harm
- The dog owner failed through action or inaction
- As a result, the dog bit you or a loved one
- You or your loved one suffered damages due to the dog bite
Injuries from Dog Bite Accidents Can Be Severe
According to Heliyon, dog bites lead to over 300,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reported that over four million people are bitten by dogs each year.
Your injuries from a dog bite could include one or more of the following:
- Puncture wounds
- Open cuts or wounds leading to infection
- Eye injuries
- Damage to muscles and joints
- Disfiguring scars
- Soft tissue and nerve damage potentially affecting mobility
- Psychological and emotional trauma
Remember that another party could be responsible for your dog bite, and if you can prove liability, you could have a legitimate claim. Successful cases could even result in financial compensation.
Can I Sue for a Dog Bite in Fort Wayne?
Our dog bite lawyer handling your Fort Wayne case will negotiate with the insurance company for the compensation you need to move forward. If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we will file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court.
Keep in mind, you have only two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit in Indiana, according to IC § 34-11-2-4. If you miss this deadline, you could lose your chance to seek compensation. If you choose to work with our team, we can ensure your case is filed within the statute of limitations.
Call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. Today to Talk About Your Case for Free
You could have a valid case if you suffered because a third party failed to keep you safe from their animal. We are available to review your legal options with you free of charge.
Contact Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. today and a team member will tell you more about working with a Fort Wayne dog bite attorney. Your consultation is free and confidential. Time could be running out for you to take action; pick up the phone today