Dog-related injuries are particularly common during summer months. It can be tempting to bring dogs to outdoor events, but dogs can become nervous and anxious around crowds and noise. This stress can result in dog bites and other animal attacks.
Each year, there are approximately 5 million dog bite victims in the US; about half of those victims are children.
Indiana’s “One Bite” Rule
There is a section of Indiana Code devoted to dog bites that occur when an individual is bitten while carrying out their duties under US postal regulations, state law, or federal law. While this does not include situations in which a private citizen is attacked, a private citizen may be able to sue based on the “one bite” rule.
While Indiana courts have held that an individual bitten by a dog can sue the dog’s owner for damages related to the bite (such as medical bills and lost income), Indiana usually applies the “one bite” rule. This means that the owner is typically only held liable if they knew or should have known that the dog was likely to act aggressively or bite.
Preventing Dog Bite Injuries
Dog owners are responsible for their dog’s actions. Most homeowner’s insurance will pay for damages caused by dog bites. Injuries can include abrasions, lacerations, infections, punctures, and scars.
If you are a dog owner, keep your pet on a leash when you’re out for a walk or run. Learn to read your dog’s body language. If your dog is showing signs of distress or anxiety, don’t allow others to pet your dog.
If you want to pet a dog, make sure that you ask the pet owner before doing so and avoid quick movements, which can make the dog nervous. Do not approach a dog that isn’t on a leash.
The compassionate and experienced personal injury attorneys at Schuerman Law understand how to approach situations such as dog bites and animal attacks with finesse and courtesy. If you or someone you know has been the victim of an animal attack, call 1-800-274-0045 today for a free consultation.