Dog Bite Lawyer in Indiana
Pursue Compensation with an Experienced Firm
Indiana ranks among the most dangerous states in the nation for dog bites. To deter this problem and allow victims to pursue compensation, these states have enacted laws holding dog owners strictly liable for attacks by their pets.
If you or a loved one has been bitten, a seasoned personal injury attorney from Marshall P. Whalley & Associates, P.C. can help you recover damages to pay your medical bills, compensate you for lost income, and more. With more than 100 years of collective experience, our Indiana animal attack attorneys are well-equipped to help our clients obtain full, fair damage awards for a range of serious injuries. To date, we have recovered over $80 million on behalf of our clients.
At Marshall P. Whalley & Associates, P.C., you are the priority. Let our skilled and experienced team provide you with a free consultation. Contact us today!
Common Animal Attack Injuries
Those most susceptible to animal attacks are children. Animal attacks can result in a wide range of injuries, from a minor scrape to a catastrophic injury.
Common injuries sustained include:
- Blood loss and shock
- Bone fractures
- Ligament, muscle and tendon damage
- Nerve damage
- Loss of a body part
- Emotional trauma
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Vascular damage
- Wrongful death
Strict Liability Law in Indiana
In many states, a victim must prove that a dog owner was negligent in handling the pet and that the owner's negligence allowed the attack to happen. Other states say the owner must have prior knowledge of the dog's viciousness, which essentially allows the animal one free bite before liability attaches to its master.
In Indiana, a dog owner is strictly liable for an unprovoked dog attack on a person who is acting peaceably. In most cases, dog bite attorneys only have to prove that the victim had a lawful right to be in the place where the attack occurred and did nothing to incite the animal.
How serious is the dog bite problem in Indiana?
Insurance companies keep track of the number of claims they pay for different types of injuries in various states. Recent statistics from State Farm, one of the nation's largest insurance carriers, indicate that Indiana ranks seventh in the nation for dog bites. In 2013, State Farm paid 148 claims for a total of $2.7 million in Indiana.
Marshall P. Whalley & Associates, P.C. fights for injured clients in dog mauling cases. We help victims throughout the U.S. If you were seriously injured, call us today at (219) 488-2775!