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Who Is Responsible for a Dog Attack in Ohio?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States, and over 800,000 receive medical attention for dog bites. If you or your child has been badly hurt by a dog in Ohio, you are likely to have lots of unanswered questions, including:

  • Who can I hold responsible for the dog attack?

  • Can I file a lawsuit against the dog's owner for my injuries?

  • Can I recover damages for my injuries, pain, and suffering?

  • Will I receive compensation for my medical treatment?

The period after you have been hurt or attacked by a dog can be quite terrifying. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at the Attkisson Law Firm, LLC have answers to your numerous questions about who to hold responsible for your injuries and whether you can recover damages. We are proud to represent personal injury victims throughout Dayton, Springfield, and Troy, Ohio.

Who Is Responsible for a Dog Attack in Ohio?

Dog bite law varies from state to state. However, Ohio is a strict liability state. This means that if a dog bites or attacks you in the state, the dog's owner is responsible for your injuries and damages. Ohio Revised Code Section 955.28(B) states that the owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog is liable in damages for any injury caused by a dog if:

  • The dog or dog's behavior caused the injury

  • The injured person was not trespassing or attempting to criminal trespass

  • The injured person was not committing or attempting to commit any criminal offense

  • The injured person did not provoke the dog by tormenting, teasing, or abusing the animal

As far as Ohio law is concerned, the dog’s owner or handler will be held responsible when you are bitten or attacked by a dog.

FAQs about Dog Bite Claims

Can I Sue the Dog's Owner?

Under the Ohio dog bite law, you are within your rights to file a lawsuit against the dog's owner or handler if you are injured or knocked down by a large dog and suffer any injury.

What Can I Claim Compensation for?

If you are successful with your Ohio dog bite lawsuit, you may recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills

  • Future medical treatment, including therapy, rehabilitation, or medication

  • Lost wages

  • Loss of consortium

  • Property damage

  • Pain and suffering

How Much Compensation Can I Receive?

Dog bites and other dog-related injuries account for over one-third of all homeowners’’ liability and premises liability claims in the United States. However, how much compensation you can receive will depend on various factors, including;

  • How the animal attack happened

  • Where the animal attack happened

  • The severity of your resulting injuries

  • Whether the dog's owner, keeper, or handler was negligent

  • The extent of the property damage

  • The strength of the evidence you use to link your injuries to the dog attack

An experienced dog bite attorney can help you determine your case value and establish fault and liability. Also, your attorney will help you build a strong claim that will help you pursue rightful compensation for your injuries and damages.

How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Victims of dog bites and other dog-related injuries may be eligible for fair financial compensation for their injuries, property damages, lost wages, pain, and suffering. A personal injury attorney can help you in the following ways:

  • Gather all evidence you need to build a strong case, including police reports, medical records, witness statements, and so forth

  • Determine your case value and establish fault and liability

  • Manage all your communications, allowing you to focus more on your recovery

  • Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company for your injuries, damages, lost wages, and other expenses

  • Provide strong representation for you in court in your personal injury lawsuit

Our knowledgeable attorneys at the Attkisson Law Firm, LLC will fight zealously to protect your rights and help you pursue fair financial compensation. With us on your side, you can increase your chances of getting the best possible outcome.

Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Dayton, Ohio

If you or your child were badly hurt or bitten by a dog, you may have a claim against the dog's owner or handler. Contact the Attkisson Law Firm, LLC today to schedule a free case evaluation. Our team of attorneys will represent you strongly and pursue fair financial compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other expenses associated with your dog-related injuries. We proudly represent personal injury victims in Dayton, Troy, Springfield, and surrounding areas of Ohio in their premises liability claims.