Union County Dog Bites Attorney
Pursuing Compensation for Dog Bites & Animal Attacks in Ohio
According to the American Humane Society and Center for Disease Control there are an estimated 4.7 million dog bites in the U.S. every year. 800,000 of those dog bites require medical care. Approximately two-thirds of bites occurred on or near the victim's property and most victims knew the dog prior to being bitten.
Union County dog bites lawyers from Bridges, Jillisky, Streng, Weller & Gullifer, LLC can help you pursue compensation for your injuries. We are backed by years of experience and the resources of the largest firm in Union County. Whether you were injured by a dog or other animal, our lawyers can help you navigate the legal circumstances surrounding your case.
We've been helping injury victims in Ohio since 1982. Call us today for a free evaluation at (937) 403-9033!
Dog Bite Law in Ohio
Many states have a "one free bite" rule, meaning that an owner is not responsible for the first bite. In general, the owner will be responsible to keep a closer watch on their dog. In Ohio, dog bites fall under strict statutory liability. This means that dog owners are liable for every dog bite. As a result, punishments are more severe depending on the circumstances of the attack.
Three parties may be liable for the dog's behavior:
- Owner: This is the individual fully responsible for the care of the dog.
- Harborer: This is someone who controls the dog's home, such as the parents of a person with a dog. In rare cases, a landlord can be liable if the attack was in a common area.
- Keeper: This is a person with temporary control of the dog, such as a dog-walker or friend.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for compensation. If extreme negligence was involved, the owner may incite punitive damages on top of whatever other damages are owed. Should you be attacked by an animal other than a dog, our skilled attorneys can help you navigate your circumstances and decide what options are best for you to pursue.
If you are the victim of a dog bite or other animal attack, seek medical attention immediately. You may also wish to contact law enforcement to file a report and assist in gathering witness statements. Contact a Union County attorney to discuss your legal rights to recover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage and potentially punitive damages depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.
We're passionate about protecting the rights of our clients. Contact Bridges, Jillisky, Streng, Weller & Gullifer, LLC today!