Dog Bite Lawyers Columbus, Ohio

Dog Bite attorneys near Columbus, Ohio

Children are the most frequent victims of dog bites. Our Columbus dog bite attorneys will guide you through this difficult process.

Who let the dogs out?

Are you seeking a dog bite attorney near Columbus Ohio or a dog bite attorney near Dublin Ohio?
Are you entirely innocent in the situation?
Has this dog bite happened neighborhood dog got out and attacked you, or a loved one?
Do you know your rights?
Are there minor or severe damages to you, your loved one, or even your property?

Ohio Dog bite law(s) do a great job at protecting both dog owners and potential victims of dog bites from liability.
With Franklin County registering 522 Cases of dangerous, or vicious dogs with over 30 attacks in 2018; finding an expert in Ohio dog bite law is a must when you or a loved one has become a victim.

While the CDC “estimates that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. Among children, the rate of dog-bite–related injuries are highest for those 5 to 9 years old.”

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but that does not mean that owners are always the best people. When someone’s negligence leaves you broke or injured, legal recourse is always the safest action to secure both justice and compensation.
So, turn to your local Columbus dog bite attorney Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. for all your needs.

Ohio Dog bite law states under 955.28 section (b)*

(B) The owner dog is liable in damages for any injury, death, or loss to person or property that is caused by the dog, **

Unless those damages were caused to the person or property of an individual who, at the time was

1. committing or attempting to commit criminal trespass

2. another criminal offense other than a minor misdemeanor on the property of the owner. **

3. was committing or attempting to commit a criminal offense other than a minor misdemeanor against any person, or was teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog on the owner’s property.**

However, if you were engaging in door-to-door sales or other solicitations REGARDLESS of whether you were in compliance with any requirement to obtain a permit or license established by the HOA/City/County/State in which the property of the owner is located, provided that the person was not committing a criminal offense other than a minor misdemeanor or was not teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog.**

Then the owner of a dog is liable in damages for any injury, death, or loss to person or property that is caused by the dog if the injury, death, or loss was caused to the person or property of an individual who was injured during solicitation.

If this is anything close to your situation, you could use the expertise of a Columbus dog bite attorney. Which is why Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. is here to provide a reliable dog bite attorney near Dublin Ohio, and Columbus.

Will insurance help?

“Most homeowners insurance policies provide a minimum of $100,000 worth of liability insurance, but higher amounts are available and, increasingly, it is recommended that homeowners consider purchasing at least $300,000 to $500,000 worth of liability coverage.” (Insurance Information Institute, 2020)

Which can help pay your claim; while if this happens from a vehicle, could be paid for by most Auto insurers.

While also concluding that “Homeowners and renters insurance policies typically cover dog bite liability legal expenses, up to the liability limits (typically $100,000 to $300,000). If the claim exceeds the limit, the dog owner is responsible for all damages above that amount.”
So, don’t try to navigate the system and end up getting less than you deserve; Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. can guide you in the right direction through the Ohio dog bite law and meaningful compensation.

Common Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites and other animal attacks can lead to serious injuries. Some of the injuries may include:

  • Puncture wounds at site of bite
  • Lacerations
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Nerve Damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Broken Bones
  • Emotional distress or PTSD

Dog bites that break the skin should always be seen and treated by a doctor. These types of wounds must be treated, cleaned, and stitched to avoid infection. A doctor will also provide information on proper wound care so an infection is less likely to occur later.

Strict Liability in Ohio for Dog Bites

Ohio Revised Code section 955.28 states that dog owners are strictly liable for injuries their dogs cause. That means in court, a dog bite victim does not need to prove the dog owner was negligent in the handling or care of the dog. Just the fact the dog bit the victim is usually enough for a finding of fault on the dog owner.

Damages Recoverable in Ohio for Dog Bite Victims

Compensation for a dog bite varies based on the individual circumstances including the severity of the injuries, the amount of medical treatment needed, and other damages suffered as a result of the dog bite. Compensation can include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

Defenses to Dog Bite Injuries

While Ohio imposes strict liability on owners for the damages and injuries their dog may cause, the dog owners do have some defenses. Generally, a dog bite victim may not recover damages if:

  • The victim provoked the dog by teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog on the owner’s property
  • The victim was trespassing or committing a crime on the dog owner’s property
  • The victim was committing a crime against another person.

Let our Ohio Dog Bite Attorneys Work for You

If you were the victim of a dog bite, let the experienced and knowledgeable Columbus dog bite attorneys at Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. assist you. Our personal injury lawyers have over 25 years of combined experience assisting injured dog bite victims obtain the recovery and compensation they deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars for accident victims in Franklin County. We also guarantee you will not pay anything in fees until you recover first.

*Content is paraphrased
**Owner shall include both keeper, or harborer as well.

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