During a recent legal consultation, one of our clients described their dog bite pain by saying, “It felt like lighting hit my leg.”
Unfortunately, the majority of dog bites not only inflict significant pain, but they can also be the source of disease, hospitalization, scarring, psychological stress, and even death.
To better understand the seriousness of dog bites, we pulled a few statistics from DogsBite.org that size up the ongoing problem:
- In 2018, nearly 27,000 people underwent reconstructive/plastic surgery as a result of a dog bite.
- Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. Nearly 1 out of 5 bites become infected.
- The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.
Boulton Law Group has helped several Indiana dog bite victims and their families recover compensation for damages related to their injuries, and our experience has taught us that these cases can be especially complex.
If you wish to receive fair compensation for a dog bite, hiring an experienced Indianapolis dog bite attorney is highly recommended.
How can an Indianapolis dog bite lawyer help you?
Depending on the severity of your dog bite injury, there are a number of ways an experienced attorney can help you, including:
Dog bite liability
Proving liability in a dog bite case can be especially difficult without an attorney.
For example, because of the unique environment in which most bites occur, there may be an investigation to determine factors such as whether or not you were legally allowed on the property where the bite occurred, and/or if you antagonized the animal prior to the bite, etc.
Additionally, Indiana has a “one bite” rule that is applied to dog bite cases. This means that the dog’s owner is only liable if they had previous knowledge, or should have known, that their pet might pose a danger to people.
The “one bite” rule may also be interpreted to mean “negligence.”
An experienced dog bite attorney can be essential to helping victims to overcome liability objections and/or comparative negligence claims.
Insurance search for a dog bite
After liability has been established, the task of identifying an applicable insurance policy must begin.
In most instances, your attorney will look for homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies that can be pursued for damages.
Boulton Law Group has conducted several searches for insurance policies related to our clients’ dog bite cases. Having performed these investigations throughout the state, we can also tell you that winning your case is not always as simple as identifying a policy for the dog owner.
Dog bite compensation
Indiana’s dog bite laws allow for a bite victim to seek compensation for damages related to the attack. In most instances this includes:
- Medical bills that result from the bite
- Lost wages (It must be shown that you were excused from work by a doctor.)
- Pain and suffering
Attorney Boulton will work closely with you and your doctor to monitor your progress as you recuperate from your injuries.
Once the doctors have released you from their care, Boulton Law Group will prepare a demand package to be sent to the insurance company with compensation demands.
Questions about your dog bite personal injury claim or lawsuit?
Boulton Law Group has handled a wide variety of high-profile dog bite cases, including those that involve adults and children. As such, our office has developed a special connection with all of our dog bite clients.
Additionally, we offer all dog bite victims and their families a Zero Fee Guarantee. This means that you will never be charged a consultation fee, and the only time our firm receives compensation is after we win your dog bite case.
To receive your free dog bite case evaluation, call us at 317-350-2680.
If you prefer to write to us with details about your dog bite story, please use our confidential and free contact form for an immediate evaluation.
We look forward to going to work for you!
Attorney Matt Boulton is an award-winning personal injury attorney with more than 20 years of experience helping seriously injured people throughout Indiana reclaim what was taken from them. His firm was created for for the client who expects exceptional service and passionate, successful legal representation.