The laws surrounding dogs and dog bites are more complex and nuanced than many people may expect, especially here in Ohio. Our state has a number of unique laws that govern the behavior of dogs, placing a certain number of legal requirements on pet owners.
If an owner fails to live up to those requirements, he or she may be found liable if his or her dog bites another person. Also, the owner, keeper or harborer of a dog can be held strictly liable for injuries caused.
You have legal rights after an attack and resulting injury. Make sure you're getting the compensation you need and deserve with help from The Attkisson Law Firm, LLC, in Dayton.
Dog bites are often quite serious. In many cases, the dog breaks the skin, leaving long cuts that often require stitches. In more vicious attacks, a dog's teeth can tear muscle and even break bones, resulting in catastrophic injuries that require extensive surgeries to treat the patient. In the end, these injuries often lead to permanent scarring and disfigurement that may need to be corrected through additional surgeries.
Significant medical bills are not uncommon and can place a financial strain on the victim. With the assistance of a lawyer, however, many dog bite victims will be able to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and physical and emotional anguish.
An insurer may not see your injuries as being as serious as we do, which is why you should contact our firm. We can look over a settlement offer to determine if it's fair or not.
A dog does not even have to bite to cause injury. If a dog lunges at you and you fall while trying to evade it, the animal's owner could be found liable for injuries sustained in the fall. At The Attkisson Law Firm, LLC, we carefully investigate all the circumstances of a dog attack to determine which parties were liable in the incident, and why.
In some situations, liability is not as straightforward as one might imagine. For example, when a renter owns a pit bull but does not have insurance for it, the building administrator may be partially responsible for the situation. It is a circumstance related to premises liability, in which the building owner was aware of a potentially hazardous situation and did not do enough to put a stop to it.
At The Attkisson Law Firm, LLC, we don't believe accident victims should have to bear the financial burden after an animal or dog attack. If a property owner was negligent, then compensation can and should be sought in the name of justice.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious or catastrophic injury because of a vicious dog or any other animal, our attorneys can help you take the steps necessary to recover full and fair compensation. To get in touch with our heavy-hitting attorneys, contact our office in Dayton to schedule a free consultation at our main office or any of our satellite locations. Call 937-276-9700 or contact us online to get started.