Compensation For Dog Bites
While many Americans love dogs and pets in general, these animals present significant dangers in far too many cases. In fact, hundreds of thousands of dog bites occur in the United States every year. Some of these cases are relatively minor, leading only to mind emotional trauma, but there are many cases that involve lifelong scarring and other serious injuries. Some dog attacks result in the deaths of the victims. And, sadly, most victims of violent animal attacks are children.
If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in an animal attack, you have rights. At Schad & Schad, P.C., we represent victims of dog bites and other types of animal attacks. For more than 150 combined years, our attorneys have been serving injured clients in New Albany and throughout southern Indiana. We take our clients’ cases personally, and we do everything we can to get our clients the maximum amount of compensation possible. Our track record of successful verdicts and settlements shows our commitment to fight for our clients.
Although many animal attacks are merely scary, many of them result in serious injuries or death. Our lawyers represent the families of those who have suffered injuries that include:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If you or a loved one has suffered any of these, you deserve to be compensated accordingly, and the dog owner or landowner responsible for the situation should be the one who has to pay for it.
Can You Hold The Owner Responsible For His Or Her Dog Attacking?
In many cases, yes, but not always. Indiana follows what is called “the one-bite rule.” According to this rule, a dog owner has to know or have reason to believe the dog could be a risk for attack. In other words, dog owners generally get “one free bite” if they can show that there was no reason to believe the dog would attack anyone.
Of course, certain breeds are known to be more likely to attack, and other arguments can be made to establish knowledge and liability on the part of the owner.
Also, after that first bite, dog owners are liable for their animals attacking. This means that if the dog has already attacked someone in the past, we can almost certainly hold them liable if the dog then attacks you or someone you love.
Talk With An Experienced Lawyer About Your Case
Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of dog-bite laws and procedures. We will look at your case to determine the right steps to take.
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