Dog Bite Lawyers Columbus, Ohio

Dog Bite Lawyers Near Columbus, Ohio

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

Although dogs have rightly earned the title of man’s best friend, many Ohioans are victims of dog bites each year. Children are the most often victim of dog bite accidents. Pets can act out or worse, be trained to fight or attack causing serious injuries to adults or children. If you or a loved one are suffering from an animal attack, call the Columbus dog bite lawyers at Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. We will carefully review the situation and advise of the next best possible step.

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. We 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.

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