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What to know about a dog bite and animal attack case

Suffering a dog bite, or any animal attack, is always frightening. According to the Center’s for Disease Control, more than 4 million people per year in the US are bitten by dogs. Whether the resulting injuries are minor or severe, the Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC understands how to handle these cases and will fight diligently for you.

In Indiana, all dog owners owe others the duty to act with reasonable care given their knowledge of their own pet. Generally, there is no liability for an owner of a domesticated dog that injuries someone else unless the dog is known to be dangerous, the owner negligently controlled the dog, or the dog is a breed that has dangerous propensities.

There are different injuries that may occur from a dog bite or animal attack. Those may include scarring, surgery, broken bones, rabies, infection, and psychological trauma.

Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and punitive damages.

The Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC handles dog bite and animal attack cases. To learn more, contact Shannon at shannon@sgstarrlaw.com.

Disclaimer – The content of this article is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case or circumstance. Every situation is different and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.

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Personal Injury Premises liability

Understanding Indiana premises liability law

Common examples of premises liability cases include: slip and falls; dog bites or other animal attacks; exposure to toxic substances; falling objects from store shelves or construction scaffolds; fires; electrocution from exposed wiring; assaults due to negligent security; and failure to mark or identify hazardous conditions.

Under Indiana law, your ability to pursue a premises liability lawsuit will depend on your status as a visitor to the property, and the duty that the owner or occupier owed to you based on that status.

As a visitor, you may fall into 1 of 3 categories – invitee, licensee or trespasser. The property owner owes the highest duty to invitees. The duty owed to invitees is to fix any dangerous condition or warn the invitee about the danger, if not obvious. Property owners owe lesser duties to licensees and trespassers. However, property owners could be liable even for trespassers, for example, by intentionally placing hidden dangers or traps on the property.

Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and punitive damages.

The Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC handles premises liability cases. To learn more, contact Shannon at shannon@sgstarrlaw.com.

Disclaimer – The content of this article is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case or circumstance. Every situation is different and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.