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When an animal attacks and causes you injury, who is to blame?

You, like many other people in Indiana, may love animals and even own a pet. However, there is nothing that can adequately prepare you for the shock and pain of experiencing an attack from an animal. Animal bites and attacks from pets owned by other people can not only be the cause of great mental and emotional suffering, they can cause great physical damage as well.

If you suffered harm because of a bite from an animal, you have the right to hold liable parties accountable and seek appropriate compensation. However, you may be unsure of how to start this process and what you can do to hold liable parties accountable. With help, you can obtain the rightful compensation you deserve after experiencing an animal bite.

What to do when animals attack

If an animal attacked you, you may not know what to do next. One of the most important things you can do is to seek appropriate medical attention. Not only can this help you recover and potentially avoid infection, it can help you have the documentation necessary to prove that you suffered significant physical harm from the attack.

Questions to ask when building your case

When exploring the option for a potential civil clam after an animal attack, there are several things you can do to determine if you have grounds to move forward with the legal process. The answers to the following questions will help you understand your options:

  • Who is the owner of the dog?
  • What were the circumstances of the attack?
  • Did the owner know the dog was dangerous or aggressive?
  • Was the animal out of its cage, walking freely or off the leash at the time of the attack?

While in many cases it is the owner of the dog or other type of animal who is liable for the injuries caused by his or her pet, this is not always the case. An animal keeper, pet sitter, property owner, parents of minors who own the pet, and others may share liability for your injuries and trauma.

Getting better and moving on

An animal attack is not something from which you may recover easily. You may need medical assistance and financial support to get better and move on with your life after such a traumatic event. A personal injury claim can allow you to do this, helping you get the money you need and deserve. If you think you may have grounds for a claim after an accident, you would be wise to start by seeking a complete evaluation of your case.

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