Dog Bite Injuries in Ohio
Ohio dog bite law exists, in part, to simplify the often complex principles of a personal injury case. In the average personal injury case, an injured party has the obligation to prove that there was a: duty, breach, that caused, damage. Duty and breach can be established in a variety of ways, but showing that a duty exists can be a highly technical and fact specific undertaking. As a result, Ohio has instituted a strict liability statute. What this means is that in order to recover, an injured party has a much easier road as duty and breach is already established by statute. In simple terms, the fact that a dog injured someone is enough to hold that owner strictly liable. This is subject to a few narrow defenses.
What Should I do after a Dog Bite Injury in Ohio?
While a dog bite can often seem like a minor injury, many bites cause serious injury – especially to children. As Ohio dog bite lawyers, we often see severe dog bite injuries that result in infection or the need for surgery. Many times we see disfiguring scars and heaps of medical bills after a serious dog bite injury. If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, it’s wise to talk to a dog bite lawyer today.
The family of Ohio Dog Bite lawyers at Sawan & Sawan have broad experience representing victims of dog bite injuries in Ohio. We can help you examine your legal options and suggest best practices for dealing with dog bite injuries. Call Sawan & Sawan today at 419-900-0955 or toll free at 1-866-INJURY-0 (zero).
I Was Bitten by a Dog – What Next?
A dog bite can be a startling event, and frequently occurs without warning. As a result, if you or a loved one have been injured in a dog bite, it’s important to consider the following steps:
- Photograph the Injuries. If you are able to, take pictures of the dog bit as soon as practicable after the injury – preferably before you get it treated. This can be a critical piece of element to demonstrate the severity of the injury should you have to go to Court to prove your case.
- Get Medical Care. Any time a dog bite punctures the skin, there is a heightened possibility of infection. It’s best to go to the hospital and get the wound checked thoroughly by a qualified medical professional. This will often involve the use of a disinfectant, and occasionally treatment for rabies. Your medical professional may also consider taking x-rays – and surgery in the case of a severe dog bite injury.
- Gather Information from the Dog’s Owner. If possible, it’s vital that you contact the owner of the dog in order to gather personal information – including vaccination history. At a minimum, you should obtain the dog’s age, veterinarian, history of medical care and any information about the dog’s history of behavioral issues.
- Report the Dog Bite. While most County Health Departments require Rabies Vaccinations, unfortunately many dog owners fail to meet this obligation. To be safe, it’s also best to report the dog bite – and seek information from the local health authority about any records they may have about the animal’s behavioral and vaccination history.
- Consult with a Dog Bite Lawyer. After you’ve completed the above steps, you may still have a lot of questions. How do I pay back the medical bills? What about the medical treatment and pain? Does insurance cover this? It’s understandable not to know the answers to all these questions. Talking to an experienced dog bite injury lawyer can help to answer many of these questions – and give you the peace of mind to focus on recovery.
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Sawan & Sawan is an Ohio based personal injury law firm with Ohio dog bite injury attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio. If you were the victim of a traumatic brain injury in Ohio and would like to speak further about your specific legal matter, call Sawan & Sawan today at 1-866-INJURY-0 or 419-900-0955 to schedule a free consultation. The Ohio dog bite attorneys at Sawan & Sawan serve the following cities in Franklin County, Ohio: Bexley, Ohio; Canal Winchester, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Dublin, Ohio; Gahanna, Ohio; Grandview Heights, Ohio; Grove City, Ohio; Groveport, Ohio; Hilliard, Ohio; New Albany, Ohio; Pickerington, Ohio; Reynoldsburg, Ohio; Upper Arlington, Ohio; Westerville, Ohio; Whitehall, Ohio; Worthington, Ohio. The Ohio traumatic brain injury lawyers at Sawan & Sawan serve the following cities in Lucas County, Ohio: Maumee, Ohio; Oregon, Ohio; Sylvania, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio; Waterville, Ohio.