Lake County Dog Bite Attorney
Porter County Dog Bite Attorney
There are few experiences as traumatic as being attacked by a dog or other animal. The injuries that result from these attacks often require multiple surgeries or other interventions and prolonged physical therapy. In some instances, the attack could be lethal. If you or someone you love was injured by a dog bite or an attack by another animal, you may be entitled to compensation.
My name is Julie R. Glade, a Merrillville dog bite injury attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience. Since 1990, I have represented animal attack victims in Gary, Valparaiso, Highland and across Northwest Indiana. In addition to being a dog bite lawyer, I am a registered nurse who understands the medical aspects and risks, and the emotional impact of being assaulted by an animal. My background and experiences can be of great value to my personal injury clients, who deserve to be represented by someone who understands how animal attacks change lives.
Indiana Dog Bite Law Basics
Owners should be able to control their pets. Under Indiana law, the owner of a dog (or someone else in possession of the dog) can be held liable in a personal injury claim if the dog bites someone. This is true even if the dog never bit anyone before and there was no indication that the dog was dangerous.
Under certain circumstances, if someone is renting a property and has a dog that attacks someone, the owner of the property may be held liable. This depends on the facts of the case, such as the extent to which the tenant was negligent, the landlord’s upkeep of safety or containment measures, and the landlord’s prior knowledge of the dog’s “dangerous propensity.” Dangerous propensity has a specific definition under the law; if you were attacked by a dog or other animal, I will consider and explain all these factors when we meet to discuss your potential case.
Unfortunately, many dog bite claims involve children. After this type of accident, children could suffer both physically and emotionally for quite some time. I understand that it can be difficult to file a legal claim against a friend or neighbor whose animal inflicted injuries. However, you may have access to compensation under the pet owner’s homeowners insurance policy or other property insurance. This type of policy can help you recover damages for:
- Medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Plastic surgery that may be needed to repair scarring, disfigurement or amputation
- Pain and suffering
Dealing with the aftermath of an animal attack is a long-term proposition. It is my job as an experienced Porter County and Lake County dog bite attorney to make sure you obtain the resources you need to pay for treatment, recover from trauma and make ends meet going forward.
If you, your child or other loved one was bitten by an animal in Indiana, I am ready to meet with you to discuss the details. I have years of experience representing clients in cases involving car accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites and wrongful death. Please call my law firm at (219) 736-0456. You can also contact my Merrillville law office by filling out the online form on this site.