Work With A Bowling Green Dog Bite Lawyer
Following a dog bite, you deserve to be represented by a highly competent Bowling Green dog bite attorney. At the law offices of Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, we are ready to guide you through everything you need to know and represent you throughout the entirety of the claims process.
Injuries from a Dog Bite
A person who is bitten by a dog may suffer physical injuries as well as psychological injuries. Some of the most common complications of a dog bite include:
- Serious bleeding;
- Broken bones;
- Infection or disease;
- Facial injuries;
- Permanent disfigurement;
- Depression; and
- Post-traumatic stress associated with the bite.
While adults and children can both be psychologically affected by a dog bite, the psychological impact is often worse for children, who may develop a permanent fear of dogs and suffer from PTSD as a result of the attack.
Who Is Liable for a Dog Bite in Bowling Green?
When a dog in Bowling Green bites a person who is neither trespassing at the time or act nor tormenting the dog, Ohio Code Section 955.28 holds that the owner of the dog is strictly liable for damages. Strict liability means that the dog bite victim does not need to prove the negligence of the dog owner in order to recover compensation. The law further reads that a victim is entitled to all damages for injury, death, or loss. This means that a dog bite victim can seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, permanent scarring and disfigurement, pain and suffering, and any other economic or noneconomic damages associated with the bite.
It is important to note, however, that the type of damages that is not allowed under the dog bite statute are punitive damages. In order to recover punitive damages, a victim must pursue a claim under common law and must prove the negligence and malicious intent of the dog bite owner.
Work with an Experienced Bowling Green Dog Bite Attorney
Regardless of whether or not you pursue a claim under statutory law or case law, working with an attorney is within your best interests. This is because even if you do not have to prove negligence, you will have to prove the extent of damages that you suffered, and in some cases will also need to establish that you were not trespassing at the time of attack or harassing the dog in question.
At the law offices of Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, we can help you to assess the value of the full extent of your losses, work with medical experts, and question witnesses who can make a statement on your behalf.
We understand what you are going through after a dog bite, and our experienced Bowling Green dog bite attorneys are ready to represent you. Your initial consultation with our law firm is always free, and we will never charge you until your case is settled, and never ask you to pay us out-of-pocket. To schedule a consultation with our team today, visit us online or call us directly.