About 50 million people are victims of animal bites in the U.S. each year. Once you are bitten, it is important to seek medical attention to prevent infection, and your medical records are valuable for supporting your case in court. McGlone Law provides Terre Haute personal injury lawyers to help clients seek compensation.
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Dog owners, property owners, parents of minors, animal keepers, and landlords can be held responsible for animal bite injuries depending on the circumstances. Victims 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 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 liable under negligence law. The Terre Haute personal injury attorneys at McGlone Law can provide legal representation in a timely and efficient manner and have the experience to handle animal bite cases.
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