Animal Attacks / Dog Bites
Columbus, Dublin, New Albany and all of Ohio
We represented a retired marathon runner who was attacked by a dog while jogging on a country road. The man suffered several lacerations and puncture wounds that had to be sutured at an emergency room. On the recommendation of a family member (a former employee of ours), the man hired Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A., to prosecute his legal claims against the dog owner. We presented personal injury claims on behalf of the man against the homeowners' insurance policy of the dog owner. The insurance company quickly settled the claims.
When you or a loved one is attacked by someone's pet, the first step to take is to get everyone to safety and get immediate medical attention for anyone who is injured.
Once everyone is safe, it is important to call an experienced personal injury attorney to advise you of your rights for compensation. Even if the injuries don't seem very serious, in some cases, animal bites can later become infected, requiring additional medical care and even hospitalization, after the initial treatment.
It is important not to forget, too, the emotional impact that such an attack can have, particularly on a child. The victim might suffer from excessive fear, particularly around animals, nightmares, and other emotional problems.
Ohio is a state that recognizes strict liability for dog bite cases, and does not recognize the "one bite free" rule, as many states do. What this means is that the dog owner is responsible for any injuries caused by his or her pet, regardless of whether they were aware that the animal was dangerous.
If you or your loved one has been injured in an animal attack, you may have a valid legal claim. Please contact our law office today to schedule a free consultation and case review.