Understanding dog bite law in Indiana
You may have heard about the "one bite rule." In Indiana, case law has held that dogs are not necessarily entitled to one "free" bite before exposing their owners to liability. Indiana law holds that dog owners are required to keep their dogs under reasonable care and control. Thus, if any negligence on the dog owner's part led to the bite, you have legal recourse. If the owner did have knowledge of the dog's dangerous tendency - whether due to a previous bite or other aggressive behavior - you may have a legal cause of action against the owner.
Under certain circumstances, a landlord can also be held liable for a dog attack committed by a tenant's dog.
Dog bites may sound mundane, but they can quickly become high-stakes cases. Large dogs in particular can leave deep wounds with ragged edges that may require skin grafts or reconstructive surgery. Infections and other complications are common. Even smaller dogs are capable of inflicting significant damage, especially if the victim is a child. That's why you need to contact us right away.
We know how to fight for you
Our dog bite attorneys understand Indiana's laws and how they apply to your case. We'll investigate, find out what happened and build a case to pursue the compensation you or your child deserves. We're prepared to fight the insurance companies in negotiations and at trial to make sure your rights are protected.
We also understand that these cases are often delicate. The owner of the dog might be a family member, friend or neighbor. In most cases, we're able to handle these claims by working directly with the dog owner's insurance company, which helps to preserve your relationship with your friend. Remember, we're not trying to take their money - we just want their insurance company to honor their commitment and provide you with the financial compensation you deserve.
If you're a victim of a dog bite in Fort Wayne, South Bend or anywhere else in Indiana, our attorneys can help. You can come to our offices, or we can come to you. Call 1-877-962-4373 to schedule your free consultation.