Ohio Dog Bites Attorneys


What you need to know about dog bites.

Individuals that own or keep a dog may be liable for injury their dogs cause to a person or the property of another. Your property includes your pets, so if another’s dog attacked your dog, the dog’s owner may be liable for your dog’s treatment.

There are several legal doctrines that apply to damages and injuries sustained from dog bites in Ohio.  The basic concept of negligence and strict liability may hold the owner of the offending dog liable for the damages and injuries.  The type of claim that one can bring and potential damages depend on the specific facts of the case.

Individuals that own or keep a dog which has already bitten a person and/or another’s pet may be subject to strict liability for the subsequent injury and/or damages their dog inflicts.

In addition to damages for personal injuries and property damage, the offending dog might also be euthanized if certain circumstances apply.  Any dog that has previously bitten a person is subject to being euthanized if that dog bites another person, if there are no applicable defenses to the claim.

The dog’s owner may not be liable for damages or injuries caused by his/her dog if the victim was trespassing, in the act of committing a crime, taunting/provoking the dog, or if the dog was acting in self-defense of its owner.

The owner or keeper of the dog can face both civil and criminal actions.

What you should do if you or your pet are the victim of a dog bite?

Call the police immediately and make a report.  Animal control will also be notified by the police.  It is critically important to determine from where the dog came.  Without identifying the dog’s owner you may have no chance of seeking compensation for your injuries and damages.

Animal control protocols require that the animal be tested and/or quarantined for a period of time to determine if it was carrying any disease.  If you are able to identify the owner, he or she might have veterinarian records establishing that the dog received proper preventative shots, which may assist in you and/or your pet’s medical care.

In many instances the dog’s owner is charged with a criminal offense associated with the attack, and you should plan on cooperating with the city in prosecuting this claim.  The criminal case might impact any civil claim that you might pursue.

If you or your pet were injured as the result of a dog bite, you should consult with an attorney to determine your legal rights.  Our attorneys have experience as pet owners and as bite victims.  Our experienced team would be happy to discuss your dog bite case.