Dog bites can be traumatic experiences that can leave you with physical injuries and emotional scars. If you are a victim of an attack, understanding the legal framework surrounding dog bite claims in Ohio is crucial to getting the compensation you deserve.
Ohio imposes strict liability on dog owners. It means the owner can be held legally responsible for an attack even if the dog has no history of aggression. The history of the animal or its propensity to attack does not really matter to your claim, and you may have a valid case against the dog owner without necessarily proving their negligence.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If you were trespassing at the time of the attack, attempting to commit a crime or provoked the dog by teasing, abusing or tormenting it, your claim for damages may not stand.
What damages can you claim after a dog attack?
A dog bite claim is like any other personal injury case. Beyond the medical expenses you incurred for your injuries, you can claim other damages like lost wages, disfigurement and even the physical and emotional anguish you’ve endured. Remember, your claim is subject to the statute of limitations, and you may not have a case if you fail to take timely action.
Ohio’s strict liability for dog bite claims offers a streamlined path for victims seeking compensation. However, maximizing your compensation requires a strategic approach; the importance of seeking legal guidance cannot be overstated. Getting an informed assessment of your situation, understanding your legal rights and the damages you are entitled to with your dog bite claim can help build a compelling case that will increase the odds of a favorable resolution of your claim.