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Attorneys Advocating For People Who Have Suffered Animal Attack Injuries

About 50 million people suffer animal bite injuries in the U.S. each year. Once you are bitten, it is important to seek medical attention to prevent infection. Your medical records will also be valuable for supporting your case in court. McGlone Law provides Terre Haute with personal injury lawyers to help clients seek compensation.

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What You Should Know About Dog Bites

Animal owners, even if they are friends or family, are responsible for the actions of their pets. Consider the following related details:

  • Homeowner’s insurance will normally pay for the damages.
  • Animal bites account for about one-third of homeowners’ insurance claims.
  • Nearly 50% of animal bite victims in the U.S. are children, usually between five and nine years old.
  • The majority of bite injuries involving children are on the face and result in disfigurement.
  • Animal bites are the second most common cause of childhood injuries.

Dog owners, property owners, parents of minors, animal keepers and landlords can be held responsible for animal bite injuries depending on the circumstances. The injured can also pursue claims for punitive damages if the liable party acted recklessly or with intentional conduct instead of just negligence. For example, if a dog owner knew his dog was vicious but let him run freely near a school and the dog bit a child, a jury could hold the owner responsible for punitive damages.

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Indiana Law Regarding Animal Bites

Indiana is a One Bite Rule state, which means that dog owners can be held responsible if their dog bites another person even if the dog had never exhibited vicious behavior or bitten anyone prior to the incident. In addition, Indiana statutes apply strict liability to animal bite cases. This means that dog owners are held legally responsible for their dog’s behavior without proof of fault or carelessness. If the accident did occur because of carelessness, however, then the pet owner is also liable under negligence law. Our personal injury attorneys are committed to providing legal representation in a timely and efficient manner and have the experience to handle animal bite cases.

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