Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
When reviewing dog bite statistics, it is important to keep a few facts in mind. Any dog can bite. Whether or not a certain dog is aggressive, hostile, or reactive depends on how it was raised. Any breed of dog can be trained and socialized well, making it safe to be around strangers and children. A dog can also be un-trained or trained to fight or protect its family. This makes the dog more likely to act out or bite someone it perceives as a threat. Unfortunately, certain breeds are more often trained to be aggressive or protective. These often include inherently strong breeds like pit bulls and Rottweilers.
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, you may not be focused on the breed or its training. You’re worried about how you will cover the unexpected expenses and handle the ramifications of such a traumatic event.
Instead of taking this on by yourself, you should contact our Ohio injury law firm Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW to speak to one of our qualified dog bite attorneys. Depending on the location of your case, a personal injury lawyer in Akron, Toledo, Columbus, Youngstown, or Cleveland can get started on your potential case today. We have 11 offices in Ohio to best serve you at a location near you.
Dog Bite Facts
Based on data regarding dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada between 1982 and 2014, the dogs most likely to bite humans are:
- Pit bulls
- Pit bull mixes
- German shepherds
- Wolf hybrids
- German shepherd mixes
The Concern Over Pit Bulls
Pit bulls are regularly cited as one of the most dangerous dog breeds. Between 2005 and 2016, Pit bull attacks led to 64.8 percent of all dog-related deaths. Over this decade, this type of dog caused 254 deaths.
The number of pit bull attacks and fatalities is not because pit bull breeds are inherently violent. Organizations like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) do not recognize any difference between a pit bull’s potential aggressiveness and any other breed’s capacity for violence. However, there are reasons why pit bulls contribute to such a large percentage of animal attacks and fatalities. These breeds of dogs are stocky and have one of the strongest jaws of any type of dog.
Throughout history, pit bulls have been bred to fight. Not only will the breed be tenacious in a fight after being injured, but their strength also enables them to inflict the maximum amount of damage on another dog. When pit bulls bite, they tend to lock their jaw and shake. Unfortunately, this translates to their ability to significantly injure or kill another dog or person.
Other Dog Breeds That Cause Fatalities
After pit bulls, there are a number of other dog breeds that caused fatalities between 2005 and 2016:
- Rottweilers – 11 percent
- German shepherds – 3.8 percent
- American bulldog – 3.6 percent
- Mixed breeds – 3.3 percent
- Mastiff/Bullmastiff – 3.1 percent
- Husky – 3.1 percent
- Unknown, unreleased, or a combination – 7.3 percent
Recovering Compensation After a Dog Bite in Ohio
If you or loved one have been bitten by a dog in Ohio, call us today. Under the Ohio Dog Bite statute, a dog’s owner is almost always responsible for any injuries their dog causes. This is known as strict liability. The only limitations to this may be if there is evidence of you provoking the dog before the attack or trespassing on another person’s property. However, if neither of these factors are part of your case, contact us about seeking compensation for your or your loved one’s dog bite injuries. You may need to file a third-party insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
You may also attempt to recover compensation based on Ohio’s common law regarding dog bites. If you believe the dog’s owner knew it was vicious or had previously been aggressive, then you may be able to pursue a monetary recovery based on negligence.
Contact Our Ohio Dog Bite Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one were injured in a dog attack, contact our Ohio injury law firm at Kisling, Nestico & Redick as soon as possible. We will review your situation, investigate liability for the attack, and seek to obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible for your injuries.
Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule an initial consultation.