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Dogs are considered man’s best friend, but on occasion, a dog’s instincts or training can kick in, resulting in a dangerous situation where an individual is bitten or even attacked. Dog bites can lead to many serious and permanent injuries or disfigurement, so it’s important to seek out help from a top attorney who can work to help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses, including medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages.
A puppy bite can have serious, lifelong consequences. Often, the victims are children, who may be traumatized for many years to come as a result of their negative experience. Victims can also have permanent disfigurement, scarring, nerve damage and even disability from an animal attack.
The attorneys of Tuley Law Office are here to help with your dog bite lawsuit or any other personal injury claim. Serving Evansville, Indiana and the surrounding regions, Tuley Law Office was founded by Attorney Daniel Tuley who has been serving clients in wrongful death and personal injury claims for more than 30 years.
Therefore, if you’ve been the victim of a puppybite or a dog attack, call our Indiana law firm to arrange a no-cost consultation session at (812) 434-1936.
Questions About Dog Bites for Personal Injury Lawsuits
The experienced lawyers of Tuley Law Office handle a fair number of personal injury cases involving dog bites. If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite, attack or mauling, you may have lots of questions, so let’s take a look at some of the most common questions when filing a personal injury claim in Indiana.
What Happens if I’m the Victim of a Dog Bite?
Attorneys often receive calls from puppybite victims, accident victims and other injured individuals who are unsure of how to proceed following the incident. It’s always wise to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the bite or attack.
If you are the victim of a puppyattack, it’s usually best to begin by seeking out immediate medical attention. This is important for documenting your injuries and to reduce your risk of infection and long-term disfigurement or disability. Bite wounds are especially prone to infection because the dog’s teeth essentially inject bacteria into the skin, creating a puncture wound that is very likely to get infected.
For this reason, it’s essential that you get prompt medical attention for your injuries. It’s also good to photograph your injuries to document the severity of the damage.
Dog bite victims can also benefit from keeping a journal documenting their injuries, treatments, surgeries, pain levels, related expenses and any other ways in which the injury impacts their life.
What’s the Difference Between a Dog Bite and a Dog Attack or Mauling?
It’s not uncommon to hear a number of different terms surrounding a dog bite incident. A dog bite typically refers to a single bite, which can cause serious damage or even break bones. A dog attack or mauling refers to a more serious incident, involving multiple bite wounds, injuries, broken bones and other traumatic injuries.
What Types of Injuries Justify a Dog Bite Lawsuit?
Dog owners have a duty to ensure that their animal is under control and does not pose a hazard to other people. But in some cases, pet owners shirk this duty, resulting in a dog bite or even a more severe dog attack and mauling. Anyone can be the victim of a dog attack, but young children tend to be at the highest risk.
Virtually any dog bite injury that requires medical attention can be grounds for a claim. Some of the other common conditions and ailments that may justify a legal claim include:
scarring and disfigurement, especially scarring and disfigurement involving the face;
nerve damage and paralysis to hands, feet and other portions of the limbs;
eye injuries and blindness;
broken bones and injuries to ligaments and tendons;
bacterial infections and other infections such as rabies;
brain injuries from falling and/or from blood loss.
amputation of a body part or permanent loss of function in a body part;
chronic pain and discomfort;
emotional distress, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
These are just some of the injuries that can potentially result from a dog attack.
What Does My Lawyer Need to Prove During a Dog Bite Lawsuit?
The personal injury lawyers of Tuley Law Office are experienced in developing a winning strategy for puppybite lawsuits. Generally, your attorney needs to prove a few different elements in order to bring about a positive outcome to your case.
Your lawyer must prove that the dog owners had a duty to control their pet and protect the victim from injury. Next, your attorney will strive to prove that the pet’s owner breached this duty of care by some sort of action or inaction. This can include allowing the dog to run loose or failing to properly train a dog that has a propensity for attacking others.
From here, your personal injury lawyer must offer evidence to suggest that the breach of duty ultimately caused the dog bite or attack. And finally, your attorney must offer proof that your injuries are the result of the attack.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get from a Dog Bite Lawsuit?
The personal injury attorneys of Tuley Law Office can work to help you get compensation for a variety of different losses, including (but not limited to):
treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
compensation for missed work and lost wages; and
compensation for expenses that arose as a direct result of your puppybite injuries (i.e. if you are hospitalized and must hire child care because you cannot tend to your children, then you may be able to get compensation for these child care expenses.)
The amount of compensation you receive is based upon several factors, such as the severity of the injuries, the amount of pain and suffering involved and whether the injuries caused any permanent effects, including scarring, disfigurement, and disability.
Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Dog Bite Claims?
A pet owner’s homeowner’s insurance usually covers dog bite injuries, although some insurance companies have exemptions for breeds that are considered a high bite risk.
In addition, some cases involving extreme negligence on the part of the dog owner may be subject to punitive damages – a sum that’s typically paid by the defendant to the plaintiff as a punishment or penalty to the defendant. Indiana does allow for an award of punitive damages in personal injury cases (though there are caps) and under Indiana law, the insurance policy cannot be used to cover this.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The personal injury lawyers of Tuley Law Office typically handle this type of case on a contingency basis, meaning that there is no up-front retainer fee required. Instead, the attorney accepts a portion of the recovered funds as compensation for their work on the case.
Turn to an Experienced Evansville Personal Injury Lawyer for Dog Bite Cases
If you or a loved one were injured or even died as a result of a dog bite or mauling, you could have a viable personal injury lawsuit. The attorneys with Tuley Law Office are here to help guide you through the process from start to finish, helping you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact the Indiana puppybite lawyers of Tuley Law Office to arrange a no-cost, fully confidential case consultation session. Call (812) 434-1936.