Evansville Police say a 9-year-old boy will require facial reconstruction
surgery after a pit bull bit him on the face, taking off most of the boy’s
right cheek. Police continued to say the dog was let out by a family member
and did not obey commands to come back.
Animal Control has taken possession of the dog and cited the owner who
is expected to face criminal charges. The owner told police that the dog
ran at the child while he was playing and was bit because he screamed.
Indiana law states that the responsibility of a dog bite injury falls on
the pet owner or the custodian. However, that does not mean a victim will
be immediately granted compensation. Unless the victim is carrying out
an official duty, like a Postal Worker, when the law expressly makes the
owner of the dog liable, Indiana dog bite liability rests on proving negligence,
and the “one bite rule.”
The “one bite rule” gives dogs a “free bite.” It
is only when the dog bites a second time, that claims for liability stand.
The responsibility to prove negligence sits with the victim.
The claim for damages may vary depending on many factors.
PREVENT DOG BITES FROM OCCURRING IN YOUR FAMILY
The American Veterinary Medical Association
AVMA provides some basics of responsible dog ownership and dog bite prevention:
If you or one of your loved ones suffered an injury as the result of a
dog bite or animal attack, give our personal injury attorneys a call and
let them get you on the road to recovery. Call the law firm of Wagner
Reese today (888) 204-8440for your FREE consultation!