Each year, there are over 4.5 million bites nationwide, and about 800,000 are severe enough that the individual bitten needs medical treatment. While it can be easy to avoid certain breeds of dogs that may have a reputation for being aggressive or more prone to biting, all breeds of dogs can bite and do bite if they feel provoked or threatened.
At Wagner Reese, we believe that negligent dog owners should be held accountable. Our Indianapolis dog bite lawyers have more than 150+ years of combined legal experience; we understand how the process works and what it takes to win. If you were injured due to a dog bite, we can help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
What to Do If You Are Bitten By a Dog
- Get medical treatment immediately – make sure children know to find an adult
- Try to find out if the dog is current on its vaccinations
- Report the incident to local animal control so it can be documented
- Call the dog bite attorneys at Wagner Reese to discuss your legal options
- Never agree to or sign anything without letting your lawyer review it first
- Keep all important information and documentation together – names and contact information of the people involved, medical records, incident reports, etc.
While financial compensation cannot undo the pain and suffering you have endured, it can help with the cost of medical bills, lost income, and other damages. Call (888) 204-8440 to get started with a FREE consultation.
Understanding Indiana Dog Bite Law
In Indiana, dog owners are reasonably responsible for ensuring that their pets do not harm others. Our state has what is known as the “one bite” rule. Under this rule, dog owners are liable for injuries their dogs cause if the owner knew or should have known that the dog was aggressive or likely to bite. Typically, this can be proven by showing that the dog has acted aggressively before or that it has bitten at least one other person in the past.
It may also be possible to hold a dog owner liable if you can show that the owner acted negligently, for example, by letting their dog roam around unleashed in an unfenced area. If a dog has a history of acting aggressively toward strangers, but the owner of the dog allows it to be in the front yard without a leash, the owner is acting negligently.
Dog Bite Statistics
- There is a dog bite every 75 seconds
- 1 in 4 fatal dog bites is from a chained dog
- Almost 75% of dog bites result in injuries to the hands, arms, feet, and legs
- Approximately 2 out of 3 dog bites happen away from the dog owner’s property
- Dog bites cost the insurance industry almost half a billion dollars in 2011
- Insurance companies paid out almost $30,000 on average for each dog bite claim
- Unneutered male dogs are responsible for over 90% of all fatal dog attacks
Wagner Reese understands that victims of dog bites can often suffer from serious injury, scarring, pain and suffering, lost wages, and possibly even mental anguish after a dog bite. Our team works hard to make sure that clients get the compensation they deserve.
If you or your child suffered an injury as the result of a dog bite or animal attack, give our dog bite lawyers in Indianapolis a call so we can get you on the road to recovery. Call (888) 204-8440 for your free consultation.