Dec 9th, 2020
Joseph Paulozzi

What do you do when your three-month old son was just bitten in the face by the neighbor’s yellow lab?

My friend looked at her son, now ten, as he played on the floor with their dogs.

“What do you do?” she asked me again.

Jaden had been playing on a blanket outside their home in Wakefield, Ohio when the neighbors and their dog came over to see the new baby.  My friend, Gina, recounted how the day was pretty typical.  It was a nice warm day and she wanted her new baby to enjoy the fresh air.  Her neighbors had a beautiful yellow lab who seemed curious about the baby and immediately laid down.  Everyone “oohed” and “ahhed” at how cute they were.

Jaden was also curious about this big yellow fluffball.  The lab picked up one of Jaden’s baby toys and chewed.  Gina, smiling with her neighbors about how well they were getting along, screamed in horror when the lab unexpectantly bit baby Jaden on the face.

Ten years later, I am sitting in her living room and she is explaining the big scars covering Jaden’s lower jaw, cheek, and the side of his head where hair never grew.

If you or someone you know has ever had to suffer the pain of a dog bite, you know how deep the scars can go.  It isn’t simply the scars left on our skin, but having to fight the panicky feeling that wells up whenever a dog comes near.  For Gina, it took years of therapy and plastic surgeries, but Jaden is finally a happy kid with his own two dogs.

Hospital bills are expensive enough, but plastic surgery and therapy can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Don’t get overwhelmed trying to pay these yourself.  If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog bite, you need a dog bite attorney in Ohio to secure the compensation you deserve.  Let our knowledgeable team of lawyers at Paulozzi LPA work hard on your behalf.  You have enough to worry about.

Ohio is Now Third in the Country for Dog Bites

That is a scary statistic.  Ohio is third in the nation for dog bites.  To give you some quick facts:

  • In 2019, there were over 1,025 dog bite fatalities reported in the news nationally
  • Pit bulls account for 66% of fatal dog bites from 2005-2019
  • 50% of all dog bites are children.

Most people assume that if a dog bites them or their child, the law will automatically be on their side and they don’t need a lawyer.  However, navigating personal injuries due to a dog bite is not as straight-forward as you think.

Why You Need Representation

Dog bite cases can be very complicated.  If the dog’s owner can claim the victim was abusing, teasing, or tormenting the dog, liability, and how much liability could be called into question.  The dog owner could claim you are partly responsible for being bitten.

Add to that, what if the dog owner isn’t insured?  What if he is insured?  I know insurance companies always act in a fair and moral way and will always pay out what is deserved.  However, on the off chance, they decide to minimize their responsibility, thereby minimizing any monetary compensation, who would you rather handle the aftermath?  If your child has been bitten, do you want to split your attention between taking care of them, filling out paperwork, waiting on hold to see when your court date is, making sure you have pictures, sending and preparing documents for the judge, and the slew of other things that will be necessary?  Or, would you rather call us at Paulozzi LPA, freeing you to focus solely on your injured child?

Free Dog Bite Consultation

The statute of limitations for a dog bite is six years.  If you or someone you know has been bitten recently or has been suffering for years due to an old attack, please contact the best dog bite attorney in Ohio at Paulozzi LPA.  You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.  We will work hard to secure the monetary compensation your family needs to cover medical bills, plastic surgery, and therapy if needed.

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