Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers
Cleveland personal injury attorney at Paulozzi LPA are dedicated to assisting their clients with getting the justice they deserve after being hurt due to another party’s negligence. Call us now at 440-332-7189.

Paulozzi LPA
440-332-7189

600 East Granger Road, Suite 200
Brooklyn Heights
OH
44131
21380 Lorain Road, Suite 202A
Fairview Park
OH
44126
943 1/2 Main Street, Suite 3
Grafton
OH
44044
1655 West Market Street, Suite 445B
Akron
OH
44313
1093 Fishinger Road, Suite 2
Columbus
OH
43221
Dog Bite Laws in Cleveland

Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their pets from harming others. Many times dog owners neglect this responsibility which results in people being bitten – sometimes seriously. It is necessary to prove exactly how the dog owner was negligent when making an insurance claim for your injuries: Did the dog owner leave the gate open to allow the dog to roam the streets? Did the dog exhibit aggressive behavior in the past, which was ignored by the pet owner? Did the dog owner violate a leash law?

When someone is injured from a dog attack, they often want to hold the owner accountable for the dogs actions. Different states have different regulations on if the dog owner can be held strictly liable. Some states believe that any bite that occurs places strict liability on the owner, other states allow a dog “one free bite” if the dog hasn’t had any dangerous tendencies in the past. With a strict liability case the injured person does not have to prove that the dog owner was negligent.

In the State of Ohio the dog owner is strictly liable if:

  1. The injury was caused by the dog’s behavior
  2. The injured person was not committing a crime or trespassing on property
  3. The injured person did not provoke the dog by teasing, tormenting or abusing it

These laws are subject to change, so speaking with a lawyer who specializes in dog and animal bite injuries is crucial before you initiate a lawsuit.

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