Dog Bite FAQs
Where Were You Bitten?
This is a key factor in determining what compensation may be available through a personal injury claim. Depending on whether you were on your own properly, public property or another private individual’s property, there may be multiple insurance sources we can turn to, to provide you with compensation for medical costs and rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and psychological damages.
Could The Owner Have Known? Should The Owner Have Known?
In order for a dog owner to be liable for the attack, he or she must have had reason to know that the dog is dangerous. For example, if someone jumps a fence or enters a homeowner’s yard without notice and the dog reacts aggressively, a dog bite claim will likely not be viable in that situation. If a dog has shown aggressive tendencies and an owner failed to take action by providing signage (Beware of Dog) or keeping the dog on a leash, then a bite would likely result in a viable claim.
What Breed Was The Dog?
Some municipalities have ordinances banning the ownership of dogs that are perceived to be more dangerous, such as pit bulls. If someone was in violation of such a law, it may be easier for a lawyer to demonstrate owner liability.
Was There A Fence?
If an owner knows that his or her dog has a propensity for aggression, one of the best ways to take action is to make sure the yard the dog is in has a fence around it. Keeping an aggressive dog in an unfenced yard is an act of negligence.
Where Does Compensation Come From?
In almost all claims involving dog bites, the compensation is sought from available homeowners insurance. This may become more difficult in the future as more insurance companies try to exclude liability for dog bites.
How Can You Get In Touch With An Attorney?
I hope you have found this information on dog bites helpful. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog attack in Indianapolis or surrounding areas of Indiana, you can rely on me to pursue your claim for damages. Call 317-669-9791 and ask for me by name or submit the online contact form to schedule a free consultation.