The last thing anybody expects to happen is that they will get bitten by a dog. However, these injuries occur more often than most people realize. At Paulozzi LPA, our dog bite attorneys have extensive experience helping victims secure the compensation they deserve. We understand Ohio’s dog bite laws, and we are ready to get to work on your case. We will investigate the incident for you and pursue every route of compensation available while you focus on recovering.

Dog bite injuries are not uncommon

There are approximately 90 million dogs in US households. While dogs are generally considered to be “man’s best friend,” it is not unusual for dog bite injuries to occur. According to data provided by Canine Journal, we know that there are around 4.5 million dog bite incidents each year in the United States. While not all of these bites require medical assistance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that approximately one out of every five dog bite victims need medical assistance each year. This equates to approximately 800,000 to 900,000 people annually.

Injuries can be severe

Dogs have extremely powerful jaws, and it is not uncommon for our Akron dog bite lawyers to help victims who have sustained one or more of the following injuries:

  • Severe puncture wounds or lacerations
  • Severed veins or arteries
  • Damaged tendons, ligaments, and muscles
  • Amputations of the fingers/broken finger bones

What does the law say?

Ohio is considered a “strict liability state” when it comes to dog bites. This means that and the dog’s owner will be responsible for damages and injuries caused by the bite, even if it is the first time the dog has ever bitten someone. Under state law, a dog does not need to be declared dangerous in order for the owner to be held liable for damages it causes. Dogs in this state are not allowed one “free bite” in order to be declared dangerous.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule in which the dog’s owner may not be held liable:

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

Let us help secure the compensation you need

If you or someone you care about has been injured due to a dog bite, you should speak to an attorney today. At Paulozzi LPA, our personal injury team has vast experience handling these cases, and we will work to secure any compensation you need. This can include:

  • Your medical expenses related to the dog bite incident
  • Lost wages if you cannot work while recovering
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Possible punitive damages in cases of gross negligence on the part of the dog owner

When you need an Akron dog bite attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

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