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Compensation for Dog Bites in Toledo, OH

Unlike most persons who incur injuries in Defiance, dog bite victims do not have to show the at-fault party’s negligence to receive compensation for their losses. In fact, Ohio law holds dog owners and harborers accountable for the damages their dogs create. Consequently, if a dog bites you in Ohio, you are entitled to reimbursement for all of your injuries.

An experienced Toledo injury attorney can be invaluable in fighting for your right to compensation after a dog has injured you.

Are dog bite victims entitled to compensation in Ohio?

You may be able to pursue a monetary remedy based on negligence if you believe the dog’s owner knew it was vicious or had previously been aggressive.

According to Ohio Code Section 255.28(B), the dog bite or attack victim is entitled to recover all damages for injury, death, or loss of person or property. Therefore, you can sue for medical expenses, lost wages, future medical costs, scarring and deformity, and even pain and suffering.

Does the Dog Bite Statute have any exceptions?

The dog bite act has two exceptions that prevent dog bite victims from receiving compensation for their injuries. First, the dog owner cannot be held accountable if the person the dog bit was committing or attempting to conduct criminal trespass at the time of the assault. 

It is forbidden for the dog bite victim to sue the dog owner for damages if the victim was harassing or torturing the dog before the attack.

Could the dog owner be negligent?

According to Ohio law, a dog bite victim does not have to establish the dog owner’s fault to be reimbursed for their losses. If you believe the dog owner behaved with malice and can prove it, you can pursue a common law (also known as case law) action for punitive damages. 

Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant for their violation, and they can assist in drawing attention to a negligent dog owner.

What is the deadline to file a claim?

The statute of limitations for filing an injury claim in Ohio is two years from the accident date. In other words, once you’ve been bitten, the two-year clock begins to tick.

The right to compensation will be lost if you delay filing the claim for more than two years; you will no longer be eligible for compensation.

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