Every year, more than 4.7 million people in the United States are injured by dog bites. Approximately one out of every six dog bites is serious enough to require medical attention. When dog bites or animal attacks occur, responsibility for the incident lies with the owner of the animal.
If you live in Indiana and have suffered injuries after being bitten or attacked by a dog or other animal, it is important to know your legal rights.
Being bitten by a dog or other animal can lead to several types of injuries, including the following:
Causes of dog and/or animal bites can vary. The most common causes include:
There are several ways to reduce the risk of dog or animal bites. If confronted by a threatening animal, do not try to run. In addition, here are some ways you can reduce the likelihood of an animal bite:
Animals may only see you as a threat if you signal that you are. Animal bites can be avoidable. If you or a loved one have been a victim of a dog or animal bite, you may be able to receive compensation.
For victims of dog or animal bites, compensation may be awarded in different forms. Types of compensation include:
Damages or compensation awarded to a victim of a dog or animal bite will likely depend on circumstances of the accident and all details.
The Statute of Limitations for dog or animal bites is two years from the date of the injury’s occurrence.
Your ability to recover compensation depends on the locality where you were bitten or attacked. Laws concerning animal attacks and bites can vary between states, counties, and cities.
The premises liability lawyers at Wilson Kehoe Winingham can assist you in determining your rights under the law, as well as help with insurance claims and requests for compensation.
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog or other animal, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Dog and Animal Bite Attorneys of WKW. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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