If you or your child has suffered serious traumatic injuries in a dog attack, there is a lot you need to know. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions from our experienced Columbus dog bite lawyers:
When Can You Seek Financial Compensation for a Dog Bite in Ohio?
Ohio’s dog bite laws allow victims and families to seek financial compensation in most cases. Under Ohio law, dog owners (and certain other parties) are “strictly liable” for injuries sustained in dog attacks, which means that they are financially responsible regardless of the circumstances involved. The only exceptions are for cases in which the victim is trespassing, committing a criminal act, or tormenting or abusing the dog.
How Do You Seek Financial Compensation for a Dog Bite in Ohio?
In most cases, seeking financial compensation for a dog bite involves filing an insurance claim. Homeowner’s insurance and renter’s insurance policies typically provide liability coverage for dog bites. If a landlord, kennel owner or other business is liable for your (or your child’s) injuries, then recovering financial compensation will probably involve filing a claim under the business’s commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy.
What if the Dog Belongs to a Family Member, Friend or Neighbor?
If the dog that bit you or your child belongs to a family member, friend or neighbor, this should not dissuade you from seeking compensation for your family’s medical bills, your (or your child’s) pain and suffering, and your family’s other losses. These types of situations are exactly what insurance is for; and, more likely than not, your friend or loved one would want you to file a claim and secure the maximum coverage that is available.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim for a Dog Bite?
Technically, you have two years from the date of the attack to file a claim after a dog bite. However, you will want to get started on your claim right away. There are several reasons why—not the least of which is making sure that your family receives just compensation as quickly as possible. Waiting any longer than necessary can also make it more difficult to prove your claim, as critical evidence could disappear.
Should I Hire a Columbus Dog Bite Lawyer to Help Me?
Yes, when seeking compensation for a dog bite, it is important to have experienced legal representation. From determining what insurance company is liable to figuring out how much you and your family can recover, there are many ways an experienced lawyer can help. Additionally, it costs nothing out-of-pocket to hire a lawyer, and you won’t have to pay anything unless you win.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Columbus Dog Bite Lawyer at Malek & Malek
Do you have more questions about seeking financial compensation for a dog bite? If so, we encourage you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Columbus dog bite lawyer. To discuss your claim in confidence as soon as possible, call 888-444-7440 or inquire online today.