When most people are around dogs, all they are usually thinking about is petting them and having a good time. However, dog bite injuries are not uncommon in Toledo and throughout the United States. At Paulozzi LPA, our personal injury team has vast experience helping clients secure compensation after sustaining these injuries, and we are ready to help if you have been harmed. Our Toledo dog bite attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
Dogs are arguably one of the favorite household pets of Americans. With more than 90 million dogs in US households, it should not be a surprise that dog bite injuries occur. Data provided by the Canine Journal shows us that there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites each year in this country. Not every bite is serious, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that nearly one out of every five dog bite victims requires some sort of medical attention (around 800,000 people a year).
Unfortunately, dog bite injuries can be severe. At Paulozzi LPA, our dog bite lawyers regularly help clients who have sustained the following injuries:
Not only do dog bite victims need to be worried about initial medical expenses, but these injuries are very prone to infections that can lead to more serious complications. Dog bite victims often also have to deal with permanent disfigurement and scarring due to these incidents.
Ohio has what is called a “strict liability” dog bite law. This means that a dog’s owner can be held responsible for any injuries and damages caused by a bite regardless of whether or not the dog has ever bitten anybody before. A dog does not have to be labeled as dangerous in order for a victim to recover compensation for a bite injury. Typically, these claims are made through a person’s homeowner’s insurance policy, but it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit against the dog’s owner in order to recover compensation.
There are some exceptions to Ohio’s strict liability law. A dog bite victim will not be able to recover compensation if they were:
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to a dog bite, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Paulozzi LPA, our qualified and experienced team is ready to get to work on your behalf in order to secure the compensation you need. This could include: