While many domesticated animals are well-trained and calm under all circumstances, some can present real dangers to people, both in public and at home. Dogs have been known to cause serious injuries and even death when they attack humans. In general, dog owners can be held legally liable for damages caused by their pets.
If you have suffered injuries that were caused by a dog that is not your own, the incident inevitably caused a great deal of pain and suffering, and this could have been accompanied by emotional trauma. In addition, you possibly also suffered financial damages as a result of medical bills and lost wages due to unpaid leave for recovery. If this is the situation, it is important that you take the time to understand how you can take action.
When is a dog owner liable for an attack?
Whether a dog owner could be financially liable in the state of Ohio can depend on several factors. If the injury to the person who was attacked could be attributed to the dog's behavior, the owner of the dog could be liable. This holds true as long as the injured person was not trespassing on property, trying to commit a crime, or trying to provoke the dog to cause an injury. In simple terms, if the dog was considered to be in the wrong, the owner is in turn considered to be legally liable for damages.
It is important to take action if you would like to recoup damages from a dog attack in the state of Ohio.