Whether a dog owner is at a dog park, taking a walk, or at home, that person has a duty to protect you from an aggressive animal. However, sometimes a dog owner thinks he should not be responsible for injuries caused by his dog. A lawyer can assess the unique circumstances surrounding your claim.
What If My Community Has a Leash Law?
Many cities and communities impose leash laws. These laws require all dogs to be restrained while outside. For example, the city of Lafayette requires dog owners to use a leash when they walk their dogs, as does the city of West Lafayette. If a dog owner ignores these rules and his pet bites you or a loved one, the violation may be powerful evidence in your claim.
In Indiana, when someone violates a law or ordinance, it is considered negligence per se. Since the owner violated the leash law or other ordinance you were bitten and suffered damages.
Dog bite claims are nuanced and complicated. It’s always best to consult with an experienced dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. You can be sure that the insurance company will begin preparing a defense to any claim immediately. A lawyer can help you understand the law as it applies to the facts of your case and and make sure that your rights are protected. Contact the Hall-Justice Law Firm today for your free consultation.