People who own pets in Ohio are strictly liable for damages caused by them. This means that if you are bitten by a dog in Ohio, you may be entitled to damages without having to demonstrate negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the dog owner. Dog bites may result in jagged scars or another disfigurement that could require reconstructive surgery to correct. They also often cause emotional stress or psychological trauma that requires counseling.
If the dog that bit you belongs to a friend or family member, you may not want to pursue damages because you are afraid of hurting the relationship. You might be reluctant to put a close acquaintance under financial strain by seeking to have them pay for your damages. Many homeowner insurance policies cover animal attacks, though, so in a lot of cases, the money for damages comes from the insurance company rather than the dog owner. The presence of homeowners or another insurance policy can remove stress from the situation and make it easier to recover. An attorney with experience in personal injury law might be able to identify insurance policies that cover the dog bite event.
If your child was the dog bite victim, he or she may be able to claim damages, and you may have distinct claims arising from the event as well. More than 4 million individuals sustain dog bite injuries every year. In addition to scarring and disfigurement that could require surgery, dog bites can lead to infection if they're not treated properly.
The attorneys at Rumizen Weisman Co., Ltd., have represented hundreds of people in Ohio who have been injured by dog bites. Please visit our animal bites page for more information. Our litigation attorneys are experienced in the personal injury recovery process and might be able to help you secure compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages or other damages following a dog bite.