Ohio Dog Bite Law
Ohio law says that an owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog is liable for any injury, death, or property damage caused by the dog. This is known as strict liability, and usually applies to the dog’s owner.
However some other parties that can be held responsible for a dog attack include dog walkers or sitters kennels, doggy daycares, dog training facilities, or property owners.
Ultimately, the person who owns or was taking care of the dog at the time the dog attacked is automatically responsible unless the circumstances fall under an exception. Some common exceptions to strict liability include if the person bitten was trespassing at the time, or otherwise teasing or abusing the animal prior to being attacked.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
When you or a loved one or friend are attacked by a dog, your first priority should be your health and safety. Do your best to get away from or subdue the dog. Ohio law protects you from liability if you injure or kill the dog while defending yourself or a loved one from.
Your next priority should be getting medical care. Dog attacks can lead to severe and fatal injuries
Some of the most common dog bite injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Torn muscles, tendons, ligaments
- Puncture wounds
- Severe lacerations and scarring
- Nerve damage
- Bacterial or viral infection
Dog Bite Compensation in Ohio
The amount of compensation you can expect to receive through your personal injury claim following a serious dig bite depend on the unique circumstances and other factors such as insurance policy limits, damage caps, liability exceptions, and prior injuries.
That being said, you have the right to pursue full and fair compensation for your dog bite injuries.
In addition to a strict liability claim, a person can also be held responsible for dog bite injuries if that person was negligence in controlling or confining the dog. A negligence claim requires you to prove the other party is at fault for the attack and your injuries. Something you do not have to do in a strict liability claim.
To prove fault, you must show that the party responsible for the dog failed to behave reasonably or as required by law. The person may have failed to do something they should have, such as not keeping the dog on a leash in public, or the person may have done something they should not have, such as riled the dog up or tell the dog to attack you.
Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical Costs
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Consortium
- Punitive Damages
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