Indiana Dog And Animal Bite Lawyer

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Dogs are commonly referred to as man's best friend. However, it is also important to remember how often they become a serious enemy. Dog bites and attacks effect nearly 5 million Americans each year, with deaths occurring 100 times a year on average. Many bites and attacks lead to hospital stays. And with hospital visits come costly bills. Under Indiana law, victims of attacks can seek rightful compensation for bills, pain and suffering, and work loss. Establishing negligence on behalf of the owner and innocence on behalf of the victim can be a tough task, though. This is where retaining the skills of an Indiana personal injury attorney experienced with animal bite cases can help out in many ways. First, they will be able to use the information related to your injury in an attempt to file a formidable claim.

To avoid an animal attack, it is important to look out for signs such as chains around the animals neck, foaming at the mouth, an unkempt appearance, aggressive behavior, and growling. If you have done everything you can to avoid an animal attack, and you become the victim of an animal bite or attack, seek medical attention, even if the bite appears to be minor. If you sustain significant injuries that result in medical costs, loss of wages, and pain and suffering, you should then hire an Indiana dog and animal bite lawyer.

Dogs are naturally predatory animals, and are capable of inflicting severe physical damage on anyone, even children. Some breeds of dogs are inherently more aggressive than others, but even the most well behaved dogs are capable of attacking without warning. Because of this, there are certain laws dog owners must follow, like leash laws, warning signs regulations, and monitoring of dogs as to not allow them to roam around freely. When these laws are not adhered to, the owner is liable to incur the costs related to any damages their dog may cause.

Children are more at risk from dog bites because they are naturally inquisitive and may not be aware of the dangers involved with approaching a strange dog. Playful behavior may also inadvertently provoke and irritate a dog and cause it to attack, and because a child may not be aware of the warning signs of an impending attack, they will not be able to prevent them from happening. Being smaller in stature also makes them more susceptible to severe damage, and less able to fight off a dog attack.

Some signs of an irritated dog, or a dog that is readying for attack are:
bared teeth
laid back ears
stiff tail
raised hair on back of neck

A dog and animal bite lawyer will be well-versed in Indiana dog bite laws, and they will have the knowledge needed to argue your dog bite case in order to recover the maximum amount of damages you are entitled to under Indiana law.

It's highly recommended that you do your best to locate a lawyer who specializes in Indiana dog and animal bite law; however, personal injury lawyers who handle other areas of law can be helpful, too. Keep in mind that successful dog bite and personal injury lawyers should have years of experience and many successful dog bite cases to their credit.

To find an experienced personal injury or dog and animal bite lawyer, visit the American Bar Association's lawyer locator to gain free access to thousands of personal injury and dog and animal bite lawyer profiles in Indiana.


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