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While most dog owners in northern Indiana take responsibility for their pets and prioritize others' safety, some take unacceptable risks with dogs that are already known to charge, attack, and bite. Many dog bite injury victims are children, but animal attacks also impact family friends, joggers, service professionals, and other adults.

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, you should first seek medical attention and report the attack to local authorities. If the injuries are serious — such as a bite that could cause permanent scarring — you should also promptly get in touch with a knowledgeable, respected personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.

Reliable, Practical Advice In Your Best Interests Is Just One Call Away

At Gardner & Rans P.C. in South Bend, our compassionate, trial-proven personal injury attorneys know Indiana dog bite laws and insurance coverage issues in depth. We will welcome your call with genuine concern and empathy for what you and your family are going through, ask the right questions, and help you take the next steps to pursue your claim. Key considerations in your case will likely include:

  • Whether the dog in question has a known "dangerous propensity" due to prior bites or attacks;
  • The severity and impact of the injuries; and
  • The availability of applicable homeowners insurance coverage or another avenue for financial recovery.

Pit bulls, Rottweilers, and other breeds widely considered dangerous are not the only dogs that can inflict serious, life-changing harm — especially when they attack young children. The truth is that essentially any dog can be dangerous under certain circumstances, and victims must often overcome lasting emotional trauma as well as injuries that can be disfiguring for years to come or an entire lifetime.

Reach Out To Our Legal Team Right Now

A free initial consultation by one of our highly qualified lawyers will cost you nothing at all. We welcome direct client inquiries and referrals from a broad service area surrounding our South Bend offices, including Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, La Porte and other Indiana communities. If you communicate best in Spanish or another language, we have the resources necessary to communicate effectively with you. Call our law firm at 574-303-6492. Se habla español.