Help for Dog Bite Victims – Lake County Indiana Attorneys

Dog attacks can be vicious and traumatic. Victims of a dog attack often experience significant emotional pain and suffering that goes far beyond the immediate physical injuries and scars they suffer.

Although they are known as “man’s best friend”, dogs can and do attack. They are animals, subject to instinct, abuse and improper training by their owners. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S with 800,000 of these attacks requiring medical attention. Hand Law Group, PC, represents those who have been bitten or otherwise injured by dogs, helping them seek financial compensation for the injuries they have suffered.

What should you do if you are bitten by a dog?

If you are bitten, attacked or injured by a dog, it is important to take the following steps as soon as possible:

Seek medical attention.  Even if your injuries seem minor, a puncture wound from a dog bite may put you at risk for infection. Some other injuries, like head trauma or back injuries, may seem minor at first but may end up having a serious impact on your life.  Go to the emergency room or visit your doctor and inform the attending nurse or physician that you have been attacked by a dog.

Identify the dog and its owner. You will need to determine who owns the dog if you are to recover financial compensation for your injuries. If you do not immediately recognize the dog, then you may be able to learn its identity by asking people in the neighborhood or even by getting in touch with the local animal control center.

Gather as much information and evidence as you can. Get the contact information of the dog owner, as well as, the information of any witnesses who saw what happened. Take photographs of your injuries, and if possible without creating further danger, the dog, the owner and the area where the dog bite occurred. Keep all medical records and receipts for purchases you make related to the incident and your injuries, such as invoices from your doctors or receipts for medications and medical supplies.

Contact an attorney. A legal professional who handles dog bite cases will be able to determine whether the dog owner can be held liable and assist you in taking the proper steps to seek compensation for medical care, future medical expenses, lost earnings, future loss of earnings, and pain and suffering. Depending on the case, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy may cover your damages.

If you have been the victim of a dog bite or other animal attack, contact the personal injury team at the Law Office of Karl E. Hand, P.C.. Based in Northwest Indiana, we represent clients throughout Lake County and Porter County Indiana.

Put Our Experience to Work for You

If you have been injured by another person’s dog, you may think that you have an open and shut case. Unfortunately, it is not that simple in the state of Indiana. Unlike some states that hold dog owners strictly liable for dog attacks, Indiana requires accident victims to establish certain facts to prove the extent of liability.

Our personal injury team is headed by attorney Karl E. Hand, an experienced personal injury lawyer who has been handling legal claims for more than 20 years. At your free consultation, Mr. Hand can review your case and provide a candid assessment of your chances of success.

Compensation for Your Physical and Emotional Pain

A dog bite can cause serious physical and emotional damage. Physical injuries may include deep lacerations, nerve damage and even death. In many cases, dog attack victims require hospitalization and may require reconstructive surgery to minimize scarring. The cost of medical services can add up quickly.

The emotional scars from a dog attack can be significant as well. A dog attack is a terrifying experience that can cause lasting anxiety and other mental health issues. Children who have been attacked may require extensive counseling, especially if they have suffered scars or other physical damage as a result of a dog attack.

We take a limited number of cases and provide our focused support to each client we represent. We care about the people we serve and seek maximum compensation for every client’s injuries.

Contact Our Dog & Animal Bite Attorneys

We handle dog and animal bite claims on behalf of clients throughout Northwest Indiana, including Lake County, Porter County and the surrounding towns, areas and counties.

Small Firm, Big Results: Call or contact us by e-mail to schedule a no charge consultation with a dog bite or other animal attack attorney at our Schererville law office. We are always available via e-mail and cell phone.