Dogs are among the most common pets in the United States. Despite their popularity, dog owners must deal with an increased amount of responsibility that is rarely reflected in other common house pets.
Owners must be ready to feed, bathe, walk and groom their canines. Along with those basic responsibilities, dog owners should understand Ohio dog bite laws, in case the unfortunate were to occur.
According to a study from the Center for Disease Control, approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the US each year, and 800,000 need medical attention.
If you were bitten and injured, it is important to contact a dog bite attorney in Columbus, Ohio. At Barkan Meizlish LLP, our dog attack attorneys in Columbus, Ohio can assist you in pursuing litigation against the dog owner and/or against the homeowner’s insurance policy. Hiring a dog bite injury attorney in Columbus, Ohio, like the legal professionals at Barkan Meizlish, LLP, is necessary in receiving the compensation you are entitled to.
If you were bitten and injured by a dog, chances are you can take legal action against the dog owner and/or against the homeowner’s insurance policy.
Ohio Revised Code Section 955.28(B) states that a dog owner, keeper or harborer is liable for any injury caused by a dog if:
Should your incident not have stemmed from any of the above, you may want to take legal action against the dog owner and/or against the homeowner’s insurance policy.
To bring a lawsuit against a dog owner and/or against the homeowner’s insurance policy in Ohio, you can approach the case from a ‘strict liability’ standpoint or from a negligence standpoint.
Strict liability litigation applies to cases in which the dog directly violates the statutes listed in the ORC above. Simply speaking, these are standard cases. The burden of proof lies with the dog owner, as they must prove the injured person was committing a crime, trespassing or provoking the animal resulting in the bite.
To pursue a lawsuit on the grounds of negligence, the injured person must prove that the dog owner acted in an irresponsible manner, which directly led to the bite or other incident. At Barkan Meizlish LLP we can assist you in pursuing either kind of lawsuit.
If you or someone you know was involved in a dog bite injury incident, contact Barkan Meizlish LLP. Our Columbus dog bite attorneys can assist you and sort the specifics of your case. Over the last 60 years, Barkan Meizlish, LLP Ohio personal injury lawyers have settled thousands of cases and tried hundreds to verdict in courts throughout the state. The results we’ve obtained for our clients include multi-million-dollar recoveries.
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