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The Mysteries Of Indiana Dog Bite Law Explained

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In 2017, State Farm alone paid $132 million to 3,600 dog-related injury claims. With 124 claims and $4.6 million, Indiana ranked number 9 for states with the highest dog-related injury claims. The United States Postal Service report ranked Indianapolis at 16 for cities with the highest number of attacks on postal workers in 2017. With this in mind, it is important for dog bite victims to know their legal protections.

Of course most dogs are absolutely wonderful and this would never apply, but it’s important to know just in case you run into an angry pooch who would rather take a chunk out of your arm than roll over and let you rub his belly.

Theories of Liability

Indiana dog bite statutes create strict liability for injuries, but only apply to certain individuals – postal workers, police officers, and others acting within their federal or state imposed duty. There are other ways for victims to recover under the law, however, and we discuss them below.

Negligence

Indiana law imposes a duty of reasonable care on dog owners to keep control of their pets based on the animal’s propensities. If the dog itself or its particular class of animal is known to possess violent propensities the owner mush takes reasonable care to prevent those propensities from resulting in injury. Plesha v. Edmonds. When a dog owner is negligent in their control, they may become liable for injuries regardless of a victim’s age or status.

Landlord Liability

In Indiana, a landlord can be found liable for injuries caused by a tenant’s dog if, at the time of the attack, the landlord retained control over the premises and the landlord had knowledge of the dog’s vicious propensities.

Trespassers

In dog bite cases, the negligence standard applies to landowner liability to trespassers as opposed to the general duty owed to trespassers of refraining from willfully or wantonly causing injury. In Plesha v. Edmonds, children regularly trespassed to reach a park and the owners were aware the dog would become aggravated and attempt to break off his leash. The court found the owners were unreasonable in their care to keep control and prevent the dog from biting, even though the dog was on the owner’s land.

Negligence Per Se

Some areas have animal ordinances that may require additional action from dog owners. When an owner fails to comply with an ordinance, such as leash laws requiring dogs outside the home or fenced in area be on a leash, they can be found negligent per se and liable for injuries caused by their dogs.

Accidents happen and Indiana law allows victims to recover compensation for their dog bite injuries.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

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As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

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Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

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If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney