Dog And Animal Bite Law In Ohio
Dog and animal bites cause serious, life-changing injuries. In addition to the pain of stitches and surgery, animal bite victims often face lifelong fears of animals as well as self-esteem issues due to scarring and disfigurement.
Any animal in the state of Ohio that gets loose is subject to a statute that covers the injured person for damages inflicted by the animal and the owner of the animal.
The statute includes many types of animals, such as:
- Horses, cows and other farm animals
- Wild animals kept as pets
These types of animals are covered under this statute and held liable to the owner and the injured party.
Frequently Asked Questions About Animal Bites
My child was bit by a dog. Can I hold the owner responsible for their injuries?
Yes. In Ohio, the owner or keeper of a dog is strictly liable for injuries caused by the dog. There is an exception to this law if the injured person was trespassing or abusing or provoking the dog at the time of the bite. Learn more about what to do if your child was bitten by a dog.
Can I hold the owner responsible even though it wasn’t a dangerous breed of dog?
Yes. Any breed of dog can be dangerous if the owner is not responsible and does not take care to train their dog and keep it properly restrained.
How long do I have to bring a claim after an animal bite?
In most cases, you have two years after the dog or animal bite attack to start a legal claim. Speak with a dog and animal bites lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options. View more frequently asked questions about dog and animal bites.
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How To Get Help After A Dog Or Animal Bite
Facts You Should Know About Dog Bite Cases In The State Of Ohio
There is no “one free bite” rule for dogs in Ohio.
Unlike in some other states, the dog bite law in Ohio says that dog owners are held responsible unless there is evidence that the dog has been abused or tormented.
In addition, special laws exist for owners of pit bulls. They must keep their pit bull in a locked cage with a top or, when letting their pit bull out of the cage, on a chain-link leash no longer than 6 feet or muzzled. Owners are also required to carry liability insurance coverage of no less than $100,000.
If you have been bitten by a dog, you should report the dog bite to the health commissioner.
Report the attack in the district in which the bite occurred regardless of whether you have already gotten medical treatment.
The dog’s owner isn’t the only person you can pursue for compensation.
You can also seek damages from any past owners or caretakers of the dog (i.e., dog sitter, landlord, dog walker, etc.). View more information about landlord liability for a dog or animal bite.
Our Success With Dog And Animal Bite Cases
Our experienced dog bite lawyers at Friedman, Domiano & Smith have successfully represented victims of dog bites and other animal attacks, helping our clients reach the best possible results in Ohio courts.