Being a victim of a dog bite attack can be a frightening and potentially damaging experience. You might be entitled to collect compensation if you’ve been bitten by a dog and suffered mild to serious injuries.
In Ohio, there are some legal considerations that come into play when filing a lawsuit about a dog bite incident. If you live in Dublin, OH, you can hire a dog bite lawyer from Bressman Law to help you fight for compensation for your medical bills, income loss, and other related damages.
Our legal team offers free initial consultations to prospective clients like you, and we are more than happy to answer any questions you have.
Ohio Holds Dog Owners Liable for Their Animals’ Behavior
Ohio’s dog bite statute, Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §955.28, establishes criteria for liability in a dog bite incident. Basically, one of the following scenarios must be evident for liability to be assigned to the dog owner:
- The bitten party (you) did not tease, abuse, or torment the dog in any way prior to the bite.
- The bitten party was not trespassing or committing a crime at the time of the bite.
- The dog’s actions caused the bite and resulting injury.
A dog bite lawsuit can be filed asserting negligence on the part of the dog owner. In negligence cases, it must be proved that the owner’s actions or failure to act caused the incident and injuries. The owner must have failed to show reasonable care by not controlling the dog or preventing the bite from happening.
You May be Entitled to Receive Compensation from a Liable Dog Owner
On top of preparing arguments against the liable dog owner or handler (e.g., a dog walker or trainer), we will also need to prepare a list of the damages you incurred from the dog bite. These damages may be directly related to the dog bite incident, or they may be an effect of being injured.
Our team will assign a financial value to your damages and use this figure when negotiating a potential settlement or pursuing compensation in court. Some examples of compensatory damages include:
- Medical expenses: You may be able to recover compensation related to the medical care you received to treat your injuries. This can apply to costs for emergency room treatment, hospitalization, getting stitches or rabies shots, doctor’s appointments, x-rays, and physical therapy, among other medical services.
- Income loss: If you were forced to miss work because of your dog bite injuries, you might recover the wages you lost during this time. Additionally, if your injuries are long-term or permanent, you may be able to recover future loss of income or the difference in earning potential you now have.
- Pain and suffering: This is a type of non-economic damage that covers the physical pain and emotional distress you might have suffered after the incident. In some cases, this can also apply to psychological trauma from the event.
- Loss of enjoyment in activities or life: Because a dog bite injury can be traumatic for victims, you may be compensated for physical and mental injuries you suffered that prevent you from enjoying activities you did prior to the attack.
You may qualify for other damages not listed here, which our team can inform you about should they apply to your case.
Our Team can Keep Track of the State Deadline for Your Dog Bite Injury Case
ORC §2305.10 establishes the timeframe you have to file a lawsuit against another party for your dog bite injuries. You generally have two years from the date of the bite to file your lawsuit.
Our team of personal injury attorneys handles dog bite cases. So, as soon as you come to us, we can begin preparing your case so that it meets the two-year statutory deadline in Dublin, OH. We can ensure that you do not miss any important filing deadlines so that your case does not get dismissed.
Your Dog Bite Lawyer can Prepare Possible Defenses to the Dog Owner’s Claims
During your dog bite injury case, you may encounter defenses from the dog owner. Typical defenses from dog owners include:
- The owner might claim that you were teasing or tormenting the dog, which could cause the courts to find the owner not responsible for the incident.
- The owner might claim that you were trespassing or attempting to commit a crime at the time of injury.
- The owner might claim they had no prior knowledge of the dog’s aggressive behavior and no reason to believe the dog would bite anyone.
A dog bite lawyer from our team in Dublin, OH, can help you counter-argue these points if they come up in your case. Our team can collect evidence that shows that the dog owner was liable for the dog bite. This evidence might include:
- Surveillance video that captured the attack
- Eyewitness statements
- Records of previous dog bites or aggressive behavior the dog exhibited
Your attorney can review which documentation is necessary for your case.
The Compensation You Could Receive If You Sustained any of These Dog Bite Injuries
You may be entitled to pursue compensation if you sustained any of the following physical injuries from the dog bite:
- Facial injuries: Dog bite attacks to the face are common when you are knocked down or if you were in close range of the dog’s face before the attack. Facial wounds after dog bites can lead to disfigurement and could impair your vision, speech, and ability to eat.
- Eye injuries: Eye trauma from a dog bite can lead to partial or total vision loss. Deep punctures or severe blows to the eye socket can cause irreversible vision loss.
- Lacerations and punctures: Lacerations and punctures are the most common types of dog bite injuries. They occur when the dog’s teeth or claws pierce the skin, leaving open wounds, which are prone to infection.
- Scars: As new skin grows to close the wounds, it can become tight and uncomfortable. Wounds near the mouth or nose that scar over can impair breathing and mouth movements after your dog bite incident in Dublin, OH.
- Infections: There are several common diseases that you can contract through dog bite incidents, such as rabies, Pasteurella, and tetanus.
Call Now to Work with a Dog Bite Lawyer from Our Team in Dublin, OH
If you’ve been bitten by a dog and sustained injuries as a result, contact Bressman Law for help. Our legal team can help you manage your dog bite case and help you understand the law as it applies to your case. Call to receive a free consultation.