A dog is often considered part of the family and is a welcome companion. Pet ownership has many responsibilities, including specific duties for the owner if his or her dog bites another person.
In Ohio, dog owners are strictly liable if their dog bites another person. The person who is bitten does not have to prove fault or negligence. Also, the dog must be registered as a dangerous dog which means it must always be kept on a leash, kept in a locked cage or locked yard, registered with the county auditor and wear a dangerous dog tag.
The owner is liable for the injury if the dog’s behavior caused the injury, the injured person was not committing a crime or trespassing and the injured person did not provoke or abuse the dog.
Injuries and damages
A person who is bitten by a dog can suffer several types of injuries, some of which can be very serious. These may include cuts, bruises, bleeding and infections.
Signs of infection may include redness, swelling, pain and fever. The dog bite victim may also need to be tested and treated for rabies, especially if he or she is unaware of the dog’s vaccination status.
The injured person can pursue damages for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and pain and suffering. In Ohio, the dog bite victim has two years from the date of the dog bite to file a claim so it is important to address it quickly.
If a person has been injured by a dog bite, an experienced attorney can help.