Dog Bites

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Not Always Man’s Best Friend

While the majority of dogs are well-tempered and behaved, there are others, on occasion, that may bite or attack. Under Ohio law, dog owners are responsible for the aggressive actions of their dog. Dog bites and attacks can cause serious injuries, especially to small children who are sometimes smaller than the dog and unable to defend themselves.

The dog bite lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman are experienced handling serious injuries as a result of dog attacks. Ohio law allows for claims brought under the Ohio common law and by statute under the Ohio Revised Code.

Ohio common law provides a two-year statute of limitation but requires that an injured party prove that the dog owner’s negligence actually contributed or caused injuries. In additional to traditional damages such as medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses and pain and suffering, the dog owner may be responsible for punitive damages if the dog had previous dangerous propensities or attacks.

The Ohio Revised Code provides that dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs. This means that a court may find the owner responsible without a finding of fault. The statute of limitation to bring a claim under the Ohio Revised Code is six years.

The dog bite lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman have extensive experience handling dog claims with various fact patterns and are committed to getting results for their clients. Contact the dog bite lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman to schedule your free office consultation today.