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Take a bite out of negligence following an animal bite

Each year, thousands of animal bites take place in the United States, mostly involving dogs. When you have suffered a dog bite, your first priority naturally is to pursue medical attention right away. After all, failure to undergo treatment may lead to an infection or even death if the dog had a disease.

In some situations, dog bites happen in Indiana due to the negligence of the owners of the animals. For instance, perhaps the owner of a dog did not restrain the animal appropriately. If you find yourself in such a situation, you have the right to take legal action.

Types of injuries

Dog bites can have a wide range of physical consequences, including physical scarring. In fact, visible scars may require reconstructive surgery. You may also suffer some psychological scarring, such as being afraid of dogs or other animals long term, which may require you to complete therapy sessions. In addition to facing the threats of rabies and infections, you might even suffer from broken bones, as dogs can bite hard enough to cause such a problem.


When determining who is liable for your dog bite, your first step is to determine who the animal's owner is. In Indiana, a dog owner is financially responsible for injuries that stem from a bite if he or she knew that the dog had some dangerous propensities. However, determining whether the owner had this knowledge can prove difficult.

Who else could be liable?

Other parties may also be liable for injuries resulting from a dog bite in certain situations. For instance, an animal keeper charged with caring for an animal, such as a dog sitter or a person who works at a kennel or a pound, may be legally responsible for bite injuries.

A property owner may also be liable if he or she allowed the dog to enter his or her property. Parents of minor children could face legal troubles if their child's dog bites someone. Finally, if a landlord knew that a tenant had a dangerous animal, the landlord may be liable for injuries.


If a dog has bitten you due to the owner's or another party's negligence, an attorney in Indiana can help you to file a personal injury claim, seeking damages. In a successfully fought suit, you may be awarded damages that may help with addressing medical expenses, pain and suffering and even lost wages if you had to miss work as a result of your injury.

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