Thanks to the pandemic and various stay-at-home orders, millions of children have been home and in close proximity to millions of dogs, and dog bites have skyrocketed over the past year (see this infographic for some staggering numbers). Dog bites can be traumatic, even life threatening. If your child is the victim of a dog bite, do you have a legal case? That depends on several factors.
Should your child be bitten by a dog, take these steps immediately:
Ohio is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. In simple terms, that means if your child, or anyone for that matter, is bitten by a dog, that dog’s owner or guardian will by law be held liable for any injuries caused by the dog. As a victim, you are not required to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner—you just have to prove that the dog caused the injury. In Ohio, even if a BEWARE OF DOG sign was posted, the owner is still liable.
Whether it’s a so-called “dangerous breed” like a pit bull, or a miniscule chihuahua, it doesn’t matter. Small dogs are often aggressive and bitey.
There are exceptions to the dog bite law. The dog’s owner is not liable if:
A statute of limitations is a law that imposes a time limit on a personal injury case. Each state is different and the rules can vary for minors. Be sure and contact a lawyer to see how a statute of limitations applies to your case.
If your child was involved in a dog biting incident, contact us. Our attorneys will fight to win you the compensation you deserve.
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