Under Ohio laws, if a dog bites another individual, the dog’s owner is responsible for the medical bills that follow. Unless you were teasing or tormenting the dog or trespassing on the property, the dog’s owner can be found responsible for the payment of your bills.
Most dog bites happen on or near your home, which can make for an awkward situation when a neighbor alleges an attack. The majority of dog bite victims are children who may suffer physical and emotional consequences when they are attacked. As a parent, it can be difficult and confusing to determine the best course of action, but you need to consult with a Dayton dog bite attorney to learn about your rights.
If someone else is the keeper of the dog that bit you, this person can also be held responsible in court. A keeper of a dog is someone who has some control over the dog or provides care for the dog. The person known as the harborer is the person who controls the place of residence in which the dog lives.
If you have sustained serious injuries because of a dog bite in Dayton, you have rights. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, disfigurement, lost wages, damaged clothing, personal items, and your medical bills.
There are statutes of limitation in dog bite cases in Ohio and you should retain counsel sooner rather than later regardless of whether you file under the strict liability statute or as a negligence claim. Don’t let a dog bite injury shatter your future file a claim to hold the owner, keeper, or harborer responsible for injuries.