Almost 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention. Half of these dog bite victims are children. One out of every 5 people bitten requires medical attention, and 27,000 people required reconstructive surgery after dog bites in 2012.
At Sevenish Law Firm, we help people who have suffered dog bite injuries recover compensation for their losses. Our firm has served the community and fought for injury victims since 1985. Our experienced personal injury lawyers treat our clients like family and uphold their rights with integrity, honor, and discipline.
Liability for Dog Bite Injuries in Indiana
Under Indiana law, dog owners are liable for the injuries inflicted by their animals in three different ways:
- Indiana is a "One Bite Rule" state. This means that dog owners can be held liable for damages caused by their dogs, even if a dog has never bitten anyone before and the owner had no knowledge of any prior vicious behavior.
- Indiana statutes impose strict liability in dog bite cases, which means that absolute legal responsibility for injuries can be imposed on dog owners without proof of carelessness or fault.
- If the injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless or negligent in controlling the animal, then the dog owner is liable under negligence law.
Unless landlords had actual knowledge of a dog’s dangerous propensities, they cannot be held responsible for injuries caused by their renters’ dogs. However, according to Insurance Services, Inc., renters and homeowners insurance policies typically cover liability for dog bites, with limits ranging from $100,000 to $300,000.
Recovering Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries
If you or loved one has been seriously injured by a vicious dog, you have a right to receive compensation for your losses. These damages could include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
It's the job of a personal injury attorney to determine who was at fault for your injuries, demonstrate that at-fault party caused your injuries, and establish the extent of the injuries you have suffered. At Sevenish Law Firm, we focus our practice on personal injury law. Our Indianapolis law firm will thoroughly investigate your case, determine the full extent of your losses, and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive under the law.
We may resolve your case through negotiations with the dog owner’s or at-fault party’s insurance company, resulting in a fair settlement offer. If negotiations do not result in a settlement, we may take your case to trial in front of a judge and jury to pursue a favorable verdict. Most cases (98%) are settled through negotiations without the need for a court trial.
Injured by a Dog Bite? We Can Help
We provide a free and confidential case consultation with no obligation. We won't charge any attorney fees unless you recover compensation. Call our firm at 1-800-278-9200 to consult with a knowledgeable Indiana dog bite lawyer.