Dog Bite Questions and Answers

Ohio dog bite questionsHere are some of the most common dog bite questions people ask us. Every case is different and so are the details. We offer you a free consultation to discuss what happened. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered.

Please call us or send us a message by filling out the FREE CASE REVIEW form located to the right. There is no cost for an initial consultation and you will be under no obligation to hire our firm.

Who Is Responsible for My Bills?

Who is responsible for the injuries from a dog bite?

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The dog owner.

Ohio has laws that say if a dog bites someone, the dog’s owner is responsible.

The dog owner does not have to be negligent.

If a dog bites you, the owner is responsible unless you were trespassing or you were teasing or tormenting the dog.

Is Anyone Else Liable for My Bills?

Who Else is Responsible When a Dog Bites Someone in Ohio Other Than the Dog Owner?

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Yes.

If someone is the keeper of a dog, they are liable. For example, a dog owner takes a vacation and leaves his dog with his mother while he is away. The mother is the keeper of the dog and has the same liability as the owner.

If someone is considered the harborer of a dog, they are liable.

A harborer is a person who controls the place where a dog lives. For example, a son or daughter who owns a dog and lives with his or her parents. The parents are considered harborers of the dog.

What Am I Entitled To Receive From My Dog Bite Injuries?

What Am I Entitled to Receive from Dog Bite Injuries in Ohio?

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Compensation for all your medical bills, loss wages, damaged clothing or personal items. These are called economic losses.

The larger part of the compensation you are entitled to is pain and suffering, present and future.

There is also a substantial award for any disfigurement like scaring.

All these are forms of non-economic compensation. This is often the biggest part of your claim.

How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Claim?

How long do I have to file a dog bite claim in Ohio?

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If you file it under the strict liability statute, you have six (6) years.

If you file it under a negligent claim, you have two (2) years.

It’s important to contact us as soon as possible to discuss your case.

We will provide you with information you need to help you build your claim correctly.

How Long Does a Dog Bite Claim Take From Start to Finish?

How long does an Ohio dog bite case take from start to finish?

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Cases can be resolved anywhere from 90 days after you finish your medical treatment to one year if there is scarring.

It’s important to wait with scarring to determine how it heals.

Most plastic surgeons say it takes about one year.

 

The Dog Owner Is My Friend. Should I Feel Guilty About Filing a Dog Bite Claim?

What Should I Do If I Have Been Bitten By a Dog and the Dog Owner is My Friend?

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No.

Most of us have insurance to handle these types of situations.

Your dog bite claim will be handled by the insurance company, not your friend or relative.

Remember you are injured. You are entitled to be compensated.

What Can Be Done To Prevent Another Attack?

What can be done to prevent a dog from attacking again?

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Report your dog attack to your local police department, health department and dog warden.

The dog may be required to be quarantined to be sure it does not have rabies. Also, the dog may be considered to be a vicious dog, as defined by law.

If so, it might require the owner to do certain things to protect you and others from further attacks.

What Is A Vicious Dog?

What is the definition of a vicious dog in Ohio?

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A vicious dog is a dog that, without being provoked, has killed or caused serious injury to any person.

Exceptions are situations where a police dog has killed or caused injury to a person while the police dog is being used to help a police officer in performing duties. Another exception is where a dog killed someone or caused serious injury to a person while that person was committing or attempting to commit a trespass or other crime on the property of the owner, keeper or harborer.

A dog that is labeled as vicious can be any breed of dog.

I Live In An Apartment. Is The Owner of the Apartment Complex Liable If I Am Bitten On The Property?

Is the Owner of an Apartment Complex Liable for a Dog Attack?

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Landlords are generally not responsible for dog attacks that are caused by a renter.

There are exceptions if the attack occurs in a common area like a playground or a community laundry room.

If the landlord knows or should have known the dog is vicious, the landlord might be liable.

Can I Force The Police or Dog Warden To Euthanize The Dog?

Ohio Dog Bite Book by Slater & Zurz LLPNo.

However, you can request the dog be destroyed if the dog is considered to be vicious, as defined by Ohio law.

The final decision is up to the dog warden or the local health department.

Answers To Your Dog Bite Questions

Get answers to your dog bite questions by calling us at 1-888-534-4850 or fill out the FREE CASE REVIEW form on the right.

Ask us for a free copy of our book: When A Dog Bites Fight Back – What You Need To Know, What You Need To Do and What Not To Do. 

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