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.
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Millions of dog bites happen every year in the U.S. One in five dog bite victims need medical care. If you or a loved one were attacked by a dog and needed to see a doctor, you should give us a call. Our Cincinnati dog bite lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have years of experience winning compensation for dog bite victims.
Dog bites should always be taken seriously. We recommend you see a doctor. At the very least, this reduces your risk of infection. You also should report the bite to the Environmental Health Division of the Hamilton County Public Health Department. When you or your child’s injuries have been treated, the next step is to call an experienced lawyer.
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Dog Bites Can Cause Serious Injuries
Dog bites can cause all sorts of injuries. A nip might cause a scratch or a small puncture. You might feel like little harm was done. But dog attacks also can be serious and deadly. Large and strong dog breeds can break bones and cause disfiguring injuries. Any size dog can cause an infection, which can be harmful if not properly treated.
Common dog bite injuries include:
Dog’s teeth can cause puncture wounds and lacerations. You may need stitches for the wound to heal well and without leaving an unnecessary scar. If you or a child were bitten in the face, you might need a plastic surgeon to reduce scarring.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissues in the body include muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and more. A serious dog bite can cause harm to the soft tissue. You might recover fully from the wound. Or, you might have long-term complications such as nerve damage. A torn muscle, ligament, or tendon might need to be corrected by surgery.
Many dog bite victims suffer eye injuries, which can lead to vision loss or the loss of the eye.
Small dog breeds are unlikely to fracture a bone. But certain large dog breeds have considerable jaw strength. An attack by a large, strong dog can lead to one or more bone fractures that require medical attention.
Rabies is a serious and potentially fatal virus. It also is a well-known complication from animal bites. Dogs are given the rabies vaccine to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. When you are bitten by the dog, local authorities will investigate the risk of rabies. Your doctor can give you the rabies vaccine if they are concerned you have been exposed.
Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a very serious bacterial infection. The risk of getting tetanus from a dog bite is small because of the tetanus vaccine. However, it is important to see a doctor and discuss your risk of infection after a bite. You may need to receive a booster shot of the vaccine.
A common bacterium found in dog bite wounds is Pasteurella. This infection is not usually deadly, but it can become serious if left untreated. Always clean a dog bite wound well and see a doctor to reduce the risk of infection. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an antibiotic-resistant infection. You should see a doctor for a dog bite wound to reduce the risk of infection.
Being attacked by a dog can cause significant psychological trauma. Depending on the severity of the attack and your wounds, you might need counseling or be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Ohio Dog Bites Laws
If you or a loved one were attacked by a dog in Cincinnati, talk with a lawyer. The law might give you the right to hold the dog’s owner responsible. You might be entitled to compensation.
Ohio law says a dog owner is liable for injuries their dog causes. This liability also extends to a person who is 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.” This could include a dog walker, dog sitter, kennel, or doggy daycare facility.
You should talk with a Cincinnati dog bite lawyer right away. A lawyer will talk with you about what happened. Then, they can give you advice on whether you have a legal claim.
There are some factors that can work against you. To bring a claim, you cannot have been trespassing on private property. You could file a claim if you were on private property with permission, such as if you were invited by the property owner.
You cannot have been committing or attempting 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 committed assault against another person.
Also, you cannot have teased, tormented, abused, or antagonized the dog. If you were antagonizing the dog in some way, you might be considered the cause of the attack. This is a common defense dog owners use to avoid liability.
Dog Bite Injury Compensation
When you suffer injuries because an aggressive or violent dog attacked you, then talk with a personal injury lawyer experienced with dog bite cases. KNR has years of experience handling dog attack claims and winning compensation for your clients.
Compensation for dog bite injuries includes:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Physical limitations
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Let Our Cincinnati Dog Bite Lawyers Fight for You
Fighting for compensation after a dog bite can be challenging. We recommend you work with an experienced Cincinnati dog bite attorney at KNR. We will make sure you have received appropriate medical care, and we will obtain copies of your medical records. We must be able to prove the type and severity of your injuries to maximize your compensation.
If you have not reported the dog bite already, we recommend you do so. Local officials should be aware of a potentially dangerous or aggressive dog. They also need to be able to take steps to quarantine the dog and look for signs of rabies or tetanus infection. Filing a bite report also creates a paper trail and proof of the incident.
We will investigate who was in control of the dog at the time. We might pursue compensation from the dog owner and another party, such as a hired dog walker or kennel.
Once we have identified the responsible people or businesses, we will determine whether they have insurance coverage. The best way to win your compensation might be through filing an insurance claim. Businesses that work with animals have insurance, typically. An owner’s homeowners’ or renter’s insurance policy also may cover dog bite injuries.
If there is insurance coverage, we will handle the claims process for you. We will review any letters you receive and respond to the insurer. We will answer the adjuster’s questions. As the claimant, it is your responsibility to prove the owner or other party is liable. Because of this, we will provide proof of the dog bite and your injuries.
If the insurance company approves your claim, the next step is to negotiate a settlement. You might receive a settlement offer. You should always talk with a lawyer before accepting or cashing a check. The offer might be less than what your dog bite claim is worth.
If there is no insurance coverage or the insurer denies your claim, then our Cincinnati dog bite lawyers might recommend filing a personal injury lawsuit. Going to court does not have to be intimidating. We will draft and file the legal documents. We will appear in court on your behalf and guide you through the phases of litigation. Though many personal injury claims settle, we are not afraid to fight for your compensation at trial.
The Statute of Limitations
There is a deadline for how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Ohio is two years. You have two years from the date you were attacked by the dog to file a lawsuit in court.
This deadline only applies to lawsuits, not your insurance claim.
Fatal Dog Bite Injuries
Did you lose a loved one because of a dog attack? Dog bite-related deaths are not common, but several occur in the U.S. each year. You should talk with a dog attack attorney in Cincinnati right away after losing a parent, spouse, or child. We are highly experienced in handling dog bite and wrongful death claims in Ohio.
Through a wrongful death claim, the law might entitle you to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and employment benefits
- Lost future inheritance
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship and society
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of the decedent’s services
- Mental anguish
You have two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. But talk with an attorney right away about pursuing compensation after a fatal dog attack.
Let KNR Fight for You
Being attacked by a dog is frightening. The situation is made worse by the unexpected medical bills. A brief trip to the emergency room can cost thousands of dollars. If your injuries are severe, you might not be able to work for weeks. You might need additional medical care for weeks or months. The costs add up quickly, and the pain and distress take their toll.
We recommend you work with one of our seasoned Cincinnati dog bite lawyers to pursue fair compensation for your injuries. You have the right to hold the dog owner responsible for what their pet has done.