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Dog bites can cause severe injuries and psychological distress. If you are the victim of a dog attack, you may still be in shock. The injuries and fear associated with a dog attack are terrifying. But you have legal options if a dog bites you.
In Ohio, owners are always responsible for any harm their dog causes. With legal assistance, you may be able to recover compensation to cover your losses after a dog bite.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we have over 500 years of combined legal experience, and our Columbus dog bite lawyers are well-prepared to get financial compensation for your suffering. With our help, you can file a lawsuit and fight for the best possible outcome.
Serious Injuries Caused by Dog Bites
Dog bites happen frequently. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 4.5 million people in the United States suffer from dog bites each year. Also, one out of five dog bites become infected and pose a serious risk of causing life-threatening ailments.
Diseases that can result from a dog bite include:
Produced by a bacteria called Clostridium tetani, this toxin can be life-threatening. Symptoms include flu-like symptoms and rigid paralysis. Tetanus is common in deep bite wounds.
This disease is rare but is almost always fatal if left untreated. It affects the brain, attacking both the central and peripheral nervous systems. This disease is in the saliva of dogs and other mammals.
A type of staph infection that can cause infections in the skin, lungs, and urinary tract. If spread throughout a person’s bloodstream, this disease can be fatal.
A bacteria found in up to 50 percent of all dog bite wounds. Common side effects include painful swelling and redness around the bite area. It is especially dangerous for children, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems.
Ohio Dog Bite Laws
In Ohio, dog owners and others in possession of dogs are responsible for any injuries their pets cause. Under the One Bite Rule in Ohio, if the dog is known to be aggressive or has bitten in the past, owners may be responsible for punitive damages on top of standard compensation.
Punitive damages punish the owner for not upholding their duties as a responsible dog owner. An exception exists if the victim teased or abused the dog or trespassed on private property. However, dog owners are responsible for their pets in most circumstances.
When a person is bitten or attacked by a dog, the owner is not the only person that can be sued. Anyone who harbored the dog or kept the dog in their possession is also responsible. This includes situations when a dog bites a person while being cared for at a doggy daycare. While the owner is protected in this case, the doggie daycare facility can be held responsible.
Other people that might be held liable for a dog attack include dog sitters, landlords, and dog walkers.
Medical Care for Columbus Dog Bites
Columbus is home to a number of leading health care facilities that can treat dog bite injury victims. With considerable experience helping local injury victims, our Columbus lawyers will guide and assist you with documenting the medical care and costs associated with a serious dog bite.
We have strong relationships with the many excellent hospitals and trauma centers in Columbus, including:
In addition to medical care, you should consider contacting a local animal control agency and filing a police report. This is particularly important if you don’t know the dog, are unfamiliar with its history, or if the dog appears sick or behaving erratically. The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control provides animal control services and is responsible for enforcing Ohio’s vicious, dangerous and nuisance dog laws in Franklin County.
Compensation in Dog Bite Cases
Aside from the dog’s owner, the person responsible for the attack might be responsible through premises liability. This legal concept states that accidents casued by negligence on a property is the responsibility of the property owner.
In a personal injury lawsuit following a dog bite a person might seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Loss of consortium, or loss of familial relationships
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
Medical treatment and rehab related to dog bites can be long-term and costly. KNR has helped numerous dog bite victims get compensation for their needs. Let us guide you through the legal process, help you get treatment, negotiate with the insurance company, and fight for everything you deserve.
Time Limits in Ohio Dog Bite Cases
If you are considering a personal injury lawsuit for injuries you sustained during a dog attack, it is important to understand the time restrictions associated with this legal action. In Ohio, the victim of a dog attack must file a lawsuit within two years of when the injuries were discovered. Therefore, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Our Columbus Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help
The skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you recover after a traumatic dog bite in Columbus, Ohio.
We have 11 locations throughout Ohio and a long history of fighting for people like you. If you have questions, speak to an experienced dog bite attorney today.