Animal Bite Injuries and How the Type of Bite Affects Your Claim

If you or a loved one suffered from an animal bite injury, you may have a claim against the owner of that animal. However, the type of animal bite will affect your claim, as well as what legal action you can bring against the owner or keeper of the animal.

Injury Attorneys Fighting for Victims of Animal Attacks and Dog Bites in the Indianapolis Area

There are laws that protect the public from vicious dogs, especially those that have attacked before. Owners are liable for the actions of their dogs, and they are liable regardless of whether they had anything to do with the animal’s attack.

If you are bitten, you may still have to prove that the owner did not take measures to protect you from the dog. For example, the owner allowed the dog to wander the neighborhood without a leash, knowing that it has a history of attacks. When strict liability applies, you only must prove that the dog bit you. The owner’s knowledge of the attack has no bearing on your case.

The defense may attempt to shift the blame to you, such as suggesting that you provoked the dog. In this instance, you would need to show that you did not provoke the animal, and that the dog had attacked without reason.

Domestic Animals

Some domestic animals can attack humans, such as cats, birds, and ferrets. If you are attacked by someone’s domestic animal, the owner of that animal is responsible for the animal’s actions – just as in a dog bite case. Also, you may need to establish that the animal is inherently dangerous or vicious.

Wild Animals

Some people will keep wild animals, whether it is legal or not. For example, there may be someone who owns a wolf or wolf-hybrid animal. Most cities outlaw these types of dogs because of their inherent nature to attack.

In these cases, owner would need to prove that they took measures to protect the public. For example, if the owner installed high fences, locked the animal away, and took other measures to protect the public, it may be hard to hold him or her liable for injuries that the animal causes.

Prove Liability by Hiring an Attorney

After an attack from a domestic or wild animal, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help establish owners’ liabilities – even if they did not know that their animal was likely to attack.

The type of attack suffered affects how you file your suit and what rights you have under the state’s statutes. You will need to speak with an attorney about your state-specific bite laws and to discuss your potential claim.

To get started, contact an attorney at Jacobs Law, LLC for a free consultation. Our attorneys can meet with you and discuss your potential bite case. If you have a case, we will work hard to ensure that you receive the compensation deserved for your injury, including medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.