According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are over four million dog bites every year. Being attacked by a dog is a traumatic experience, even if it is only a minor wound. If you or someone you love were injured due to a dog bite, you might be wondering who will pay for your damages. Do not attempt to pursue a personal injury claim on your own; let an experienced Ohio dog bite lawyer help.
At Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, we have years of experience helping Ohio clients with all their injury needs, including dog bite claims. Ohio law holds dog owners strictly liable for any damages their dog causes. You have the right to recover compensation for all your damages.
We typically see injuries to the face, head, neck, hand, arm, leg, or foot with dog bites. The most common injuries are:
In some cases, victims require one or more reconstructive surgeries for their injuries. You do not want to resolve your matter too early on; otherwise, you may not know the extent of your injuries yet. If you sign a release of all claims and find out two weeks later that you need multiple surgeries, you cannot go back to the dog owner’s insurance to ask for additional compensation.
You must report a dog bite to your local health commissioner within 24 hours, per the Ohio administrative code. The main reason for this is to find out whether the animal has its proper vaccines or could be carrying rabies. To decide, they may need to quarantine the dog for a few days or more.
You need to be prepared for the dog owner to retain an attorney, and they may present a defense to try and avoid paying your claim. In Ohio, there are three primary defenses a dog owner might assert in your case:
If you need assistance after a dog bite injury in Ohio, contact Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC today to schedule an initial consultation. Let our skilled personal injury lawyers help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
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