Cincinnati Dog Bite Lawyers

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People are bitten by dogs every day and the injuries that result can be severe. Our Cincinnati dog bite lawyers, at KNR, understand this is a difficult time and know what it will take to secure the compensation you need to recover.

Attacked By A Dog in Cincinnati? We Can Help.

Being attacked by a dog is a frightening situation, made worse by unexpected medical bills and severe pain. Our Cincinnati dog bite lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick understand how hard this is on a person and their family. So let us help you secure fair and full compensation for your dog bite injuries. We know these cases often involve heightened emotions. Dog owners want to protect and defend their pets. Victims often feel betrayed and angry at irresponsible owners. We’re here to keep a level head and guide you through the claim process.

Because we have years of experience with dog attack claims, we know how to value your case. We know how to translate injuries like pain and suffering into monetary value. We never overlook any injury or inconvenience, and in the end, we demand that you receive the most compensation possible. When you hire us, our Cincinnati dog bite lawyers will:

  • Look into the dog’s history for any aggressive tendencies
  • Find and speak with eyewitnesses who can testify in your favor
  • Determine if the dog owner’s behavior is related to the attack
  • Calculate the exact compensation you are owed
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies who will try to reduce your claim value and assign blame to you

Understanding Cincinnati dog bite laws is already complex enough, there is no need to take on the added stress of negotiating with insurance companies. You deserve fair compensation, and insurance companies will always put up a fight to reduce your value as much as possible. Let an experienced dog bite injury lawyer negotiate for you to get maximum compensation. Request a FREE consultation now. No fees unless you win.

Common Dog Bite Injuries

A nip might cause a small puncture, and you might feel like little harm was done. But dog attacks also can be severe and deadly. Large, strong dog breeds can break bones and cause disfiguring injuries. In addition, any size dog can cause an infection, which can be harmful if not properly treated. The most recent data available from the CDC stated about 799,700 people in the U.S. required medical care for dog bites, with the highest injury rate among children.

Puncture & Soft Tissue Injuries

Dog teeth can cause puncture wounds and lacerations. A dog bite can also cause harm to the soft tissue, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and more.

Broken Bones

Small dog breeds are unlikely to fracture a bone. But large dogs have considerable jaw strength. As a result, an attack can lead to one or more bone fractures that require medical attention. Rabies

Rabies

Rabies is a rare but serious risk. Dogs get the rabies vaccine, but according to the CDC, dogs account for about 1% of all rabid animals each year.

Tetanus

Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a severe bacterial infection. The risk of tetanus from a dog bite is small because of the tetanus vaccine. The CDC reported there are about 30 cases of tetanus in the U.S. each year.

Pasteurella

Most Pasteurella infections are the result of cat or dog bites or scratches. This bacterium can be found in about half of dog bite injuries, and up to 18% become infected. Always clean a dog bite wound well and see a doctor to reduce the risk of infection.

PTSD

Being attacked by a dog can cause significant psychological trauma. Depending on the severity and wounds, you might need counseling or be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies have linked PTSD in children and dog bites.

Understanding Cincinnati Dog Bites Laws

If a dog attacked you or a loved one in Cincinnati, the law might give you the right to hold the dog’s owner responsible and receive compensation.

Ohio law says a dog owner is liable for injuries their dog causes. This liability extends to anyone in charge of or taking care of the dog at the time of the attack. The law refers to a dog “owner, keeper, or harborer,” including dog walkers, dog sitters, kennels, and doggy daycares.

Can the Victim be at Fault?

To bring a successful claim, you can’t have been trespassing on private property. However, you could file a claim if you were on private property with permission, such as if the property owner invited you.

You can’t have been committing or trying to commit a crime at the time of the dog attack. For example, you might not be entitled to compensation if you were trespassing, breaking and entering, or assaulting another person.

Also, you can’t have teased, tormented, abused, or antagonized the dog. If you were antagonizing the dog somehow, you might be considered the cause of the attack. This is a common defense that dog owners use to avoid liability.

What if a Dog Attack is Fatal?

Dog bite-related deaths are not common, but several occur in the U.S. each year. If your loved one died from dog bite injuries, talk with a dog attack lawyer right away. We’re highly experienced in handling dog bites and wrongful death claims in Ohio.

If you lost a spouse, child, or parent, the law might entitle you to compensation for:

  • Decedent’s medical expenses incurred before death
  • Loss of decedent’s wages and employment benefits
  • Lost future inheritance
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of decedent’s companionship and society
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of the decedent’s services
  • Your mental anguish

How Much is My Dog Bite Claim Worth?

When you suffer injuries because an aggressive or violent dog attacked you, talk with a Cincinnati dog bite attorney about your options. KNR has years of experience handling dog attack claims and winning compensation for your clients.

You might be entitled to recover your:

It is always difficult to give an exact estimate for the value of your compensation without knowing the specific facts of your case. Recovering the full amount that you deserve is also extremely difficult, especially on your own. At KNR, we have relationships with established experts who can provide us with evidence for the true value of your claim.

Your Time to File a Claim is Limited

We understand that dog bites can be traumatic for you and your family. That being said, it’s also important to act quickly in order to recover the damages you are deserve.

In Ohio, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of the attack. It’s easy to let it slip down your to-do list, but after two years have passed, you lose your right to compensation.

Should I Get an Injury Lawyer After a Dog Bite?

Yes, we highly recommend you call a Cincinnati dog bite lawyer for help. We know the legal process to win you compensation. So instead of figuring it out as you go, let us help.

We Investigate the Accident

We investigate who was in control of the dog at the time and gather evidence about what happened. For example, we might pursue compensation from the dog owner and another party, such as a hired dog walker or kennel.

We Negotiate On Your Behalf

Once we identify the responsible people or businesses, we find out whether they have insurance coverage. The best way to recover compensation might be through filing an insurance claim. For example, businesses that work with animals usually have insurance. An owner’s homeowners’ or renter’s insurance policy also may cover dog bite injuries.

We Prove Your Injuries

We make sure you receive appropriate medical care and have everything you need to recover. We also work with you, your doctors, and, if necessary, medical experts to gather evidence of your injuries. To secure the maximum compensation possible, we have to prove the type and severity of your injuries.

We Fight For Compensation

If there’s no insurance coverage or the insurer denies your claim, we might recommend filing a lawsuit. Going to court doesn’t have to be intimidating. We’ll appear in court on your behalf and guide you through the phases of litigation. Most personal injury claims settle, but we aren’t afraid to fight for your compensation at trial.

Call Our Cincinnati Dog Bite Lawyers Today

We recommend working with one of our seasoned Cincinnati dog bite lawyers to demand fair and full compensation for your injuries. You have the right to hold the dog owner responsible for what their pet has done.

You can reach us through our online form or call 513-221-0499. We’ll schedule your free initial consultation as soon as possible.

Dog Bite FAQs

How long do I have to file a dog bite lawsuit?

The statute of limitations in Ohio is two years. So you have two years from the date the dog attacked you to file a lawsuit in court.

What is a dog bite claim worth?

Every dog bite case is unique, and your potential settlement depends on your or your child’s injuries. The basis for your compensation is your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other damages.

What if I was playing with the dog when it bit me?

It might depend on what you consider playing. If your actions annoyed, irritated, or provoked the dog, you might not receive compensation. But if you believed your actions were friendly, talk with a lawyer.

What if I was on someone else’s property when the dog bit me?

Your rights depend on whether you had a right to be there. If you were explicitly or implicitly allowed to be on the property, you could bring a claim.

Does my insurance apply to dog bites?

It depends. You should use your health insurance when you see a doctor. Then, you should contact your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance provider to see if your policy covers any medical bills or lost wages. If the dog’s owner or handler is a business, they might have liability insurance covering dog bite injuries.

Will I have to go to court for a dog bite?

It depends. Most dog bite cases are resolved out of court. But if you have to file a lawsuit against the dog owner, your lawyer will advise you when you have to attend court hearings.

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