Dog bites can cause serious injuries to victims which is why important legal remedies are available to victims of dog attacks. Legal resources can help protect victims from the physical, financial and emotional damages and aftermath of a dog bite attack.
Ohio is considered a strict liability state concerning dog bites. That means that dog and pet owners are strictly liable for the harm their dog causes regardless of the circumstances and with only a few exceptions. Exceptions can include if the victim was teasing or tormenting the dog; if the victim was trespassing at the time of the attack; or committing a crime on the owner’s property at the time of the attack.
Under dog bite laws, those that may be liable for a dog attack can include the owner, keeper or harborer of the dog. Specific definitions are associated with each of these potentially liable parties that victims should be familiar with. A personal injury claim for damages can be brought against the owner, keeper or harborer of a dog that attacks the victim and causes harm. The victim does not need to demonstrate that the owner or keeper of the dog knew of the dog’s vicious propensities in order to be able to recover compensation for damages.
Victims of dog attacks can suffer traumatic physical and emotional injuries which can include disfigurement, scarring and other disabling injuries. A personal injury claim for damages can help them recover compensation for their damages they may be left facing following an unexpected dog attack.