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What are the laws applicable to dog bites in Indiana?

It happens all the time-you see a cute playful dog, you rush forward to pet it and it starts playing with you. What else happens quite often? The dog ends up biting someone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 4.5 million dog bites take place across the country annually. So, what do you do if you are bitten by a dog in Indiana?

Indiana has two separate laws surrounding dog bites and they revolve around the status of the person bitten. If the bitten person was someone who was in a location they were required to be to discharge a federal or state duty, then the rule of strict liability applies. This means that if a mail carrier was bitten while discharging their duty and they did not provoke the dog, the owner of the dog becomes automatically responsible for any injuries that result. In these situations, it doesn't matter if the dog had never bitten anyone before or never acted aggressively previously.

But, what happens when an ordinary citizen is bitten by a dog? This falls under the negligence rule. The court will try to assess whether someone was negligent or had knowledge of the dog's propensity towards danger. In other words, the one bite rule-after the first bite, the owner gets an idea that their dog is likely to bite or has aggressive tendencies, but not before that.

Dog bites can be very serious and require medical attention that can span over a number of months. Given the laws surrounding dog bites, it might be beneficial for a victim to consider consulting an experienced attorney for guidance on how to proceed in a personal injury lawsuit so they can receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

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