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- Our office aggressively handles dog bite cases in Ohio. Ohio, like other states, has its own specific laws for dog bites. You may be entitled to compensation if an animal has injured you or a family member. Dog owners are responsible for their dog’s actions, according to the law, and their homeowner’s insurance will pay for the damages.
- We have helped dog bite victims just like you through the legal process. We will evaluate your claim free of charge and help you collect the compensation you deserve. You need the assistance and aid of an aggressive and experienced Ohio dog bite lawyer if you have been bitten or attacked by a dog in Ohio.
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Dog Bite FAQ's
Yes. As soon as possible, report the incident to the local animal control and/or police department or any other proper legal authority.
No. As long as you are on either public property or legally on private property, the dog owner could be held responsible.
It does not matter whether the dog has former vicious incidents. If you were bitten, and you were the first person ever bitten by the dog, you can still proceed with a claim.
Generally, yes. As long as you did not tease, torment or abuse the dog, then you would possibly be entitled to damages.
If you or someone that you know was injured, you should immediately seek proper medical attention. Often injuries can be minimized by seeking the proper medical attention. It is important that you give a thorough history regarding the accident to your doctor.
Yes. Even if you initially do not wish to pursue a claim, at least you will have documentation in the event that you later elect to proceed with a claim.
Generally, yes. If the dog’s owner has a homeowners insurance policy or renters policy, those types of insurance would normally protect against the loss.
In Ohio, for adults, there is a two year statute of limitations for claims under the dog bite statute. This means that you generally have 2 years from being bitten to resolve the claim or file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations for minors is tolled until their 18th birthday; so the clock essentially starts running when the minor turns 18. Thus a minor has two years from the date of their 18th birthday in which to either resolve the claim or file a lawsuit. There could be other legal theories with different statutes of limitation and the above answers address claims specifically brought under Ohio’s dog bite statute. It is best to consult with an attorney as soon as practical.
Every case is different. There are several factors that go into establishing the value of the claim. As such, you should call our office as shortly after the attack as possible to make sure that the claim is properly handled from the beginning.
Although every case is different, you should likely not make a statement to any insurance representative without at least making a call to an attorney first. This would likely be the first contact that you have with the insurance company and it must be handled properly.
§ 955.28. Dog may be killed for certain acts; owner liable for damages.
(A) Subject to divisions (A)(2) and (3) of section 955.261 [955.26.1] of the Revised Code, a dog that is chasing or approaching in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, that attempts to bite or otherwise endanger, or that kills or injures a person or a dog that chases, injures, or kills livestock, poultry, other domestic animal, or other animal, that is the property of another person, except a cat or another dog, can be killed at the time of that chasing, approaching, attempt, killing, or injury. If, in attempting to kill such a dog, a person wounds it, he is not liable to prosecution under the penal laws which punish cruelty to animals.
(B) The owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog is liable in damages for any injury, death, or loss to person or property that is caused by the dog, unless the injury, death, or loss was caused to the person or property of an individual who, at the time, was committing or attempting to commit a trespass or other criminal offense on the property of the owner, keeper, or harborer, or was committing or attempting to commit a criminal offense against any person, or was teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog on the owner’s, keeper’s, or harborer’s property.