Proving Dog Bite Claims In Indiana
It has been rightfully said that dogs are man’s best friend, but when an irresponsible dog owner fails to properly restrain or control a dog, the injuries and disfigurement a dog can inflict can be horrible. When an unprovoked dog bite occurs, you need attorneys who are experienced and knowledgeable in dog bite litigation.
At Scott Law Office and Mediation Center, our attorneys thoroughly investigate dog bite cases and build strong claims for our clients.
Dog bite cases are much more complicated than they appear. In Indiana, there are three basic ways to establish liability against the owner of dog which has bitten someone without provocation:
- Prove that the dog previously demonstrated vicious or dangerous tendencies of which the owner was aware;
- Prove under premises liability law that the animal created an unreasonably dangerous condition on the owner’s property of which the owner was aware, or should have been aware; and/or
- Prove that the owner’s failure to properly restrain or control the dog violated state or local animal control statutes or ordinances.
At Scott Law Office and Mediation Center, our attorneys often bring claims based upon more than one of the liability theories mentioned above. We also pay careful attention to the damages you have sustained, and seek fair compensation for your injuries. In a severe dog attack, deep tissue trauma can result in significant scarring, infection and nerve damage which may require multiple surgical procedures and prolonged medical care. Our lawyers understand the medical and emotional damages associated with a dog attack, and where necessary, we enlist the assistance of experts to prove the full nature and extent of those injuries.
Reaching Insurance Coverage Beyond The Dog Owner
One problem frequently encountered by attorneys in dog bite cases is that the dog’s owner may not have insurance to cover the damages caused by an attack. When this occurs, and if the dog’s owner keeps the dog on a rental property, under certain circumstances you may be able to pursue damages against the landlord for injuries caused by a tenant’s dog. We have extensive experience with these cases, and our founding attorney, Mark A. Scott, has even authored and lectured on this topic.
Take Legal Action After A Severe Or Fatal Dog Attack
We take a resourceful approach to your dog bite claim to help you prove liability and seek compensation necessary for your recovery. Contact one of our experienced attorneys today for a free consultation, during which we can assess your opportunity to obtain compensation. Call Scott Law Office and Mediation Center in Kokomo at 765-450-9837 or fill out our contact form to begin discussing your options. Do not hesitate to learn how you can pursue justice after a dog attack.