It does not matter whether you were injured by a big, small, or non-aggressive dog breed; if a dog bit you, you could recover compensation from its owner.
A lawyer in Cincinnati from Bressman Law can file your dog bite claim, negotiate a settlement, and file a lawsuit (if necessary). We offer free initial consultations and do not charge our clients anything unless we win their cases.
Measures to Take After Being Bitten by a Dog
First, seek medical attention. After being bitten by a dog, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that one of your biggest concerns should be the risk of infection. Dogs’ mouths are full of germs. Even if you suffered only minor puncture wounds, you could come down with a severe related illness in the days and weeks to come.
From there, you should consider:
Taking Pictures of the Dog and the Incident’s Scene
If you can, take pictures of the dog. Our team can use this information to prove that the particular dog in question injured you. Some counties have restrictions on what dogs can be owned.
The scene itself could play a vital role in being held accountable for your losses. For instance, most dog bites happen inside homes. In this case, you could file a claim with the at-fault party’s homeowner’s insurance.
However, if you were bitten in a public place, like a segment of a sidewalk under the ownership and jurisdiction of the city, you could potentially hold the relevant municipality accountable for your damages.
Keep Track of Your Incurred Damages
Bressman Law can calculate the cost of your injury-related losses so that you do not have to do it yourself. We will use the following information to determine how much you should be paid:
- Your hospital bills
- Employment records
- Invoices from specialized treatment centers
- Correspondence between you and the insurer
We can also determine your injury’s impact on your life and factor that information into your prospective settlement.
Refrain from Sharing Too Much with the Dog’s Owner
Because most dog bites happen in homes, you were likely injured by the dog of someone you knew—like a neighbor, friend, or family member. Even though you may have a friendly, personal relationship with the dog’s owner, you should not do or say anything that makes you responsible for what happened.
However, to keep the claims process running as smoothly as possible, refrain from oversharing. Do not apologize for what happened or suggest that you provoked the animal.
How a Dog Bite Lawyer in Cincinnati Can Help You
We have over 25 years of experience when it comes to helping personal injury claimants in Ohio. While considering us, we encourage you to read our Google reviews and testimonials on our website.
In one dog bite case that we handled, we secured $87,500 for the victim and their family. Their previous lawyer’s “best offer” was $22,000. Once we took on the case, however, we were able to quadruple that initial offer.
We Can Prove That You Were Hurt
Some dog owners do not want to admit that their pet was aggressive. However, it does not matter whether the dog had a history of aggression; if it bit you, their owner is liable for your damages.
We can use the following to address any disputes that threaten your claim:
- The dog’s veterinary records
- Photos of your injuries
- Testimony from witnesses and animal behavior experts
- Your medical treatment records
- Information from your healthcare provider
If your attack was recorded on tape, we could use this footage to prove that the dog injured you.
We Can Pursue Compensation for Your Damages
In a dog bite injury case, you could be eligible to recover the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- The cost of cosmetic surgery (as some dog bites lead to scarring and disfigurement)
The types of damages you can recover in your dog bite injury case will depend on your situation. If you lost a loved one, for instance, you could recover other types of losses.
We Can Deal with the Insurance Company for You
Whether the insurer is representing a business, individual, or government department, we can handle all communications with them. We do not want you to feel pressured into accepting a settlement that does not pay for your losses.
We can do the following:
- Present the insurer with evidence of your injuries and damages
- Write and send your demand letter
- Address any bad faith insurance practices
- Keep you updated on the progression of your claim
- Negotiate a settlement
We will file your claim by following the appropriate deadline.
We Can File Your Lawsuit
We can file your lawsuit before Ohio’s statute of limitations ends. You generally have several years from the date of the incident to file, per Ohio Revised Code §2305.10.
Once we set your lawsuit in motion, we will:
- Handle your case’s paperwork
- Call consultants to testify on the stand
- Interview witnesses
- Recreate how your accident happened
- Demonstrate the cost of your damages
- Cite Ohio state law and precedent
We will also continue negotiating with the insurer.
Call Bressman Law Today
As a dog bite victim, are you interested in working with a lawyer serving Cincinnati? If so, call Bressman Law. You have nothing to lose by reaching out to our team because your first case review is offered at no cost or obligation.
We also work on a contingency-fee-basis. During your free case review, feel free to ask us about what this means for you. We do not charge our attorney’s fees unless we win your case.
To connect with our team, dial (614) 538-1116.