Many states offer limited liability protection for dog owners in the case that their dog bites or attacks someone for the first time. If there is no history of aggression or violence, or the dog has never bitten or attacked anyone or another animal, then courts give the owner the benefit of not having full liability in the accident. This is often referred to as the “one bite rule” and is applied in cases in which there was never reason to believe a dog was a danger to anyone.
The one bite rule, however, does not eliminate all liability for a pet owner in the case that their dog bit or attacked another person or animal, it simply offers a degree of relief when it comes to legal liability for damages. In contrast to the one bite rule, Indiana uses “strict liability” in dog bite and attack cases. Continue reading to learn more about strict liability and dog bite accidents in Indiana.
Strict Liability in Dog Bite Cases
In Indiana, is a person’s dog attacks or bites another without any provocation, the owner of the dog is “strictly liable” for all damages and losses incurred by the victim. The Indiana Code 15-20-1-3 decrees that no matter what a dog’s history is, if it attacks or bites someone, the owner of the dog is entirely responsible for the accident, as well as, liable for the injured person’s damages.
In the case of a dog bite or attack, potential or likely damages include pain and suffering, lost wages from time off work, medical expenses, hospital or emergency room bills, multiple surgeries, rehabilitation, prolonged suffering, permanent disfigurement, permanent scarring, PTSD, mental anguish, and more.
Get Help From a Dog Bite Lawyer Today
If you were recently attacked or bitten by a dog while peaceably on public property or legally on private property (i.e. A friend or neighbor’s house), and did nothing to provoke the dog to hurt you, contact a licensed personal injury lawyer right away. In Indiana, victims of personal injury accidents have two years from the time of the accident to legally file a claim and have a court hear your case. Be sure to act within this time-frame in order to recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C.
Call Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. at 317-881-2700 to file a dog bite injury claim in Indianapolis, Indiana. We offer free initial consultation and never collect lawyer fees unless we prevail for you. Call 317-881-2700 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in Indianapolis, IN today.