According to the CDC, 4.5 million dog bite injuries happen every year in the United States alone, some of them severe and long-lasting injuries. However, that doesn't mean 4.5 million dog bite injury cases are brought forward every year. Many people may not realize that dog bites are considered personal injury and that you can receive compensation for the damages caused, even if the injury is minor.
Summer is in full swing in Indiana, and for many children, this means more time spent outside. While, generally, additional summer playtime is a welcome opportunity, there can be dangers, as well. One possible hazard of which Hoosiers should be aware as their children are playing outside this summer is the potential for dangerous animal bites. As this blog reported in a previous post, one family suffered tragic consequences following an animal attack when a young boy died after a dog bite.
Today, it is very common for Indiana resident to own pets or frequently interact with others that have pets. While domestic animals such as cats and dogs provide companionship for their owners, pet ownership comes with much responsibility. This goes beyond taking care of and meeting the basic of the animal. This means ensuring that the animal is safe on the owner's premises and does not cause injury or harm to anyone coming in contact with them.
Many dogs are friendly animals. Indianans keeps them as pets and love them as their own. Some dogs, however, are vicious and have the propensity to attack others violently. Unfortunately for one family, they have lost their beloved son following an animal attack at the home of the dog owner.
An animal attack can happen anywhere. Animal attacks might occur on a neighbor's property, walking along the street or even at a location that seems safe, such as a local Humane Society. Indiana residents may be alarmed to learn that a six year old boy was recently bitten by an animal at a Humane Society branch in Maryland.
While dogs are typically considered docile and friendly domesticated pets, that is not always the case. For any number of reasons, a dog may attack an Indianan and cause major injuries. Anyone can be the victim of a dog bite, though children and men are more common victims. It can be helpful for an Indiana resident to know what to do if he or she, or a loved one, suffers from a dog bite injury.
The immediate aftermath of an animal bite may be terrifying for an Indiana victim. He or she will likely be frightened and in need of medical attention. After the initial shock has worn off and a person has received proper medical attention, he or she may consider legal action. As this blog reported in a previous post, a variety of different types of damages may be available for a person who has been attacked by an animal.
A dog bite or other animal bite can cause major physical damage to a victim, necessitating potentially extensive medical care. Fortunately, an Indiana victim of a dog bite may be able to recover legal damages following an animal attack.
People often keep dogs as pets because they enjoy their company, and, typically, dogs are friendly animals. Sometimes, however, a dog may lash out and bite someone, causing both emotional and physical damage. Who, then, is responsible in the event a dog attacks an Indiana resident?