While the law does not state that you need a dog bite lawyer in order to pursue a case, a lawyer can help you with many important aspects of your case. Should you decide to represent yourself in a claim, this undertaking can be more trouble than it’s worth.
You may consider working with a dog bite lawyer from our firm if:
- The dog’s owner refuses to accept responsibility for what happened.
- The liable insurer denies your claim.
- You want help with filing a claim or lawsuit.
- There seems to be limited evidence to prove that you were injured.
Situations Where You May Want to Work With a Lawyer
A successful personal injury claim comes with a host of obligations, many of which you may not want to take on by yourself. If any one of the following situations pertains to your case, working with a lawyer from our firm could appeal to you:
The Dog’s Owner Denies Responsibility
The dog’s owner may deny responsibility for what happened. They could claim that they did everything in their power to stop their dog from hurting you. They could even say that their dog did not have a history of aggression, so there was no way for them to prevent your attack.
We can defend you in the face of these allegations. After all, if you were bitten by a dog in Indiana, you can seek compensation as long as you can show that you were injured by another party’s dog. We can build a compelling case to demonstrate that you were injured and that the owner’s dog was the cause.
A lawyer from our team can hold the other party accountable for your damages. We can do this by using your medical records, photos of your injury, and your testimony to prove what happened.
The Liable Insurer Denies Your Claim
If you were bitten on another party’s property, like at their house, you may be able to file a claim with their homeowner’s insurance policy. However, while the dog’s owner may accept responsibility for what happened, their insurer may not.
To negotiate a settlement, our law firm can:
- Present the cost of your losses
- Examine your coverage options
- Negotiate a settlement
- Refer to settlement values of cases similar to yours
We can also manage all of the paperwork in your case. You do not need to worry about dealing with the claims adjuster with us on your side.
You Are Unfamiliar With the Process of Filing a Claim or Lawsuit
Filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit is not an easy undertaking. Our firm can manage your claim or lawsuit by:
- Determining fault and liability
- Identifying the dog that bit you
- Calculating your injury-related damages
- Gathering witness testimony and other pieces of evidence
- Going back and forth with the insurer until an agreement is reached
- Updating you on your case’s progression
Our goal is to recover compensation for all of your losses.
There is Not Enough Evidence to Prove Your Case
Upon filing your insurance claim or lawsuit, you may be concerned that there is not enough information to support your side of the story. You do not need to worry about this when our law firm is in your corner.
We can utilize the following pieces of information to support your case:
- Your medical bills
- Your medical records
- Testimony from witnesses
- The police report, if one was filed
- Correspondence between yourself and the other party
- Photos of your injuries
- The dog’s veterinary records
Don’t make the determination about whether or not you have adequate evidence on your own. We can tell you how we may be able to fill any gaps in the evidence necessary for your case.
You Cannot Afford a Lawyer
An Indianapolis personal injury lawyer from our firm could also handle your case on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that we don’t require any upfront costs in order to get started.
We believe that you should not have to make the decision of whether to pay for your healthcare expenses or pay for our help. With our firm on your side, you could pursue financial recovery without having to pay for legal assistance out of pocket.
Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. is Here to Assist You
Our founder, Randall Sevenish, has been advocating on behalf of injured people since 1985. We are proud to share that we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients throughout Indianapolis. We understand personal injury law and can use our experience to fight for you.
You could have as little as two years to initiate a lawsuit against the at-fault party, according to IC §34-11-2-4. With this piece of information in mind, you should consider whether you want a dog bite lawyer from our team to manage your case.