Injured by a Dog?
As a result of the potential severity of the injuries, medical bills can be astronomically high. Wages, or even life, can be lost. With all of this at stake, it is critical to contact a strong personal injury advocate to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
Dog Bites and Insurance Companies
Ohio is a strict liability state with respect to dog bites. This means that a dog owner is liable for damages and injuries if you are bitten. In some states, the owner of a dog is not liable unless the owner knew of the dogs dangerous propensities. This is not the case in Ohio, with some caveats. Since each dog bite case is different it is wise to speak to a personal injury attorney about your specific situation.
Unlike other personal injury claims, I realize that dog bites are unique in that the injured party may know the dog and the owner. I recognize the difficult position all parties are placed in when you or a young child is bitten by a dog. It is very important to understand, however, that most of the time in dog bite cases, I pursue settlement from a homeowner’s insurance policy not directly from your friend or neighbor. My business is dealing with insurance companies, and as such, I understand the importance of discretion and tact in handling sensitive personal matters such as dog bite injuries.
Dog Bite Statistics
Each year in America, dogs bite approximately 4.5 million people, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 885,000 people, or almost one in five of those who are bitten, require medical treatment. Countless thousands of people are forced to undergo reconstruction surgery as a result of their injuries. Children are at risk, especially young children between 5 and 9 years old. The CDC reports that children are more likely to receive medical attention for dog bite injuries than adults. Take the time to educate your child on the risks associated with unfamiliar dogs.
Personal Injury Attorney Dennis E. Sawan serves serious injury and wrongful death cases in Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Dayton, Parma, Canton, Youngstown, Lorain, Hamilton, Springfield, Kettering, Elyria, Lakewood, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid, Middletown, Mansfield, Newark, Findlay, Urbana, Chillicothe and Zanesville OH areas.