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Dog Attack Results in Lawsuit Against Owner


Paul Johnson of Middletown, Indiana has been charged criminally after his dog bit another man. According to a report filed by Middletown officer Kim Cronk, Johnson’s dog attacked Drew Cooper — the town’s clerk-treasurer — Dec. 4 while he was on an exercise run.

Cooper said that while he was running east, he heard some barking behind him, then suddenly “went flying forward off his feet onto the hard pavement,” the report said. After being knocked down, Cooper was “sprawled on his stomach with his face inches away from the road surface,” wrote Cronk, a former Henry County sheriff. When the victim rolled over, “he found a large brown dog standing over him barking in a threatening manner,” the document said.

Cooper stated that he will be filing a civil lawsuit against the dog owner. Under Indiana law, Cooper will be able to file a negligence claim for the injuries that he suffered to recover damages for his medical bills as well as damages for pain and suffering.

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The Sweeney Law Firm conducts a detailed investigation in every animal attack case that we accept. The earlier that we are hired, the more thoroughly we can uncover the facts and evidence that support your claim. When you hire the Sweeney Law Firm to handle your personal injury claim arising out of an animal attack, we will:

  1. Evaluate the dog;
  2. Interview the dog owner;
  3. Interview the veterinarian and obtain the veterinarian records on the dog;
  4. If the city or county “animal control” department is involved in the case, we will interview the animal control officers and obtain the animal control records;
  5. Interview the dog groomer;
  6. Interview neighbors of the dog; and
  7. Inspect and photograph the scene of the attack.

The First Step in Pursing an Animal Attack Claim

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an animal attack, call the Sweeney Law Firm now at (866) 793-6339 or submit the case form below. The initial consultation is free, and if we agree to accept your case, we will handle your case on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a settlement or recovery of funds.

There is no reason to hesitate. Contact us today for a free initial evaluation of your case.