Indianapolis Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or someone you love recently sustained injuries in a dog bite, it is critical to seek assistance from an experienced Indianapolis dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. While most of us do not like to think about it, dog bites can happen anytime an animal is present, whether the dog belongs to a family or owner you know, or the dog is a stranger. To be sure, a high percentage of dog bite injuries involve dogs that are known to the victim. Regardless of whether you know the dog’s owner, it is important to begin the process of seeking compensation for your injuries. Dog bites can be extremely serious and debilitating, and in some cases, they can be life threatening or fatal. Our firm can help you seek the financial compensation you need by filing a dog bite claim.
Getting the Facts About Dog Bite Injuries in Indianapolis
Dog bite injuries are frequently very serious, and most of them are preventable. The following are some facts and figures concerning dog bites from DogsBite.org:
- Every day, approximately 1,000 people in the U.S. alone require treatment in an emergency department for a dog bite injury;
- Every year, more than 14,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized due to the severity of a dog bite injury;
- In 2019, homeowners insurance claims paid out $797 million in dog bite liability claims;
- Dog bite insurance claim payouts have risen by more than 130 percent in the last 15 years or so;
- About 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, and approximately 20 percent of those dog bites gets infected;
- In 2018 alone, a total of almost 27,000 people had reconstructive surgery due to a disfiguring dog bite injury;
- Average dog bite hospital stays are over $18,000;
- Children are significantly more likely than adults to sustain a fatal dog bite injury; and
- Adults who live in a household with two or more dogs are “5 times more likely to be bitten than those living without dogs in the home.”
Indianapolis Dog Bite Law
Under Indiana law, dog bite liability depends in part on who got bitten by a dog. Under Indiana’s strict liability statute, in order for a dog owner to be strictly liable for injuries regardless of whether the dog was known to have a propensity for violence or past vicious behavior, the following must be true of the person who is bitten:
- Must be acting peaceably; and
- Must be in a location where she or he is required to be for a job or duty related to Indiana law, federal law, or postal service through the U.S.P.S.
To be clear, this statute applies to government and postal workers, but not to the average or reasonable person who is bitten by a dog. For other people who are bitten by a dog, in order to recover damages, the “one-bite rule” typically applies. What is the one-bite rule? Generally speaking, a dog owner can be held liable if that owner knew or should have known that the dog had a propensity for violence or showed any past vicious behavior. To bring a claim based on the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s past behavior, the dog bite victim will typically bring a claim under a theory of negligence instead of a strict liability.
Contact an Indianapolis Dog Bite Lawyer
If you need assistance with a dog bite claim, an Indianapolis dog bite attorney is here to help. Contact Keffer Hirschauer LLP today for more information.