According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 4.7 million people are bitten by a dog each year, and of the individuals who suffer dog bites, 800,000 seek medical attention, half of them being children.1 Dog bites can be serious, requiring reconstructive surgery, resulting in permanent scarring, or at times even causing death. The medical expenses from such injuries can create financial difficulties for families of a dog bite victim, and the emotional damage can be devastating.
In 2008, Indiana enacted new laws regarding liability for dog bites in certain circumstances, such as when particular breeds of dogs are involved or when the injured party is bitten by an unprovoked animal while performing certain duties under the laws of the state or nation. Many local communities have also adopted leash laws, requiring dog owners to restrain their dogs on leashes.
Often, dog bite injuries occur because of negligent behavior on the part of dog owners, such as failing to abide by local leash laws. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, you should not hesitate to seek advice from an attorney experienced in handling dog bite cases in order to best protect your interests. Our firm has successfully handled such cases on behalf of our clients.