Were you or someone you love injured by a vicious dog in Columbus, Ohio? You might be eligible for compensation from the owner of the dog, their homeowner’s insurance company, or other liable parties.
If someone else’s dog bit you, the fact is that the owner had a duty to protect you from the dog and keep you from getting bitten or attacked. That person—not you—should be held accountable and pay the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages you suffered from the injury. You may also be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering or emotional distress.
The Columbus dog bite lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are the ones who will help you get compensated fairly for your dog bite injuries. We may determine who was liable, gather evidence proving their responsibility, and then pursue a claim with the dog owner and their insurer. We work on a contingency fee, so we never collect a fee until you get a settlement you agree with. We are eager to get to work for you right away.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm offers a free, no-obligation case evaluation in Columbus. To get started today by speaking with a member of our team, call us at (800) 816-0755.
Know Which Ohio Dog Laws May Pertain to Your Case
According to the Ohio Revised Code: Dogs § 955.01, owners have a strict duty of care when it comes to protecting others from bites or attacks by their pets. The owner essentially holds vicarious liability for any damage done by their dog, and the victim or victims of that damage may pursue the owner for monetary compensation.
An Ohio resident who owns a vicious, dangerous, or aggressive dog, or who keeps a dog for the purpose of protection or crime deterrence, must follow even stricter guidelines than a typical pet owner. These rules include keeping the dog indoors or behind a secure fence at all times. The owner must also keep their dog securely leashed and out of reach of other people and animals when outside of the home.
That said, Ohio’s liability laws for dog owners do not just apply to those who keep pets for security or protection. Whether the dog that bit you was a six-pound Chihuahua or a 100-plus-pound German Shepherd, the owner may still bear liability. It may be worth your time to talk to a law firm representative and determine if you might be entitled to compensation.
The owner is even more likely to bear liability in two situations:
The Dog Has Been Violent Before
When we take a dog bite injury case, one of the first things we do is check the dog’s history. If we find evidence of previous bites or displays of aggression, we may use this history to demonstrate that the owner knew—or should have known—that their pet had a propensity toward violence. Possessing that knowledge, the owner should never have let the dog get close enough to injure you in the first place.
The Dog Was Not Restrained
The duty to restrain a dog at all times applies not only to the owners of aggressive or vicious pets but to all dog owners in the state of Ohio. If the dog that bit you was not on a leash or behind a secure fence, then its owner was likely negligent for letting it run free. We may be able to hold them accountable and pursue compensation on your behalf.
Your Columbus Dog Bite Injury Might Entitled You to Compensation
Dog bite injury victims in Ohio have the right to pursue the owner of the pet as well as any other liable party for both economic and noneconomic compensation. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we fight for this compensation so that you may receive the money you are entitled to collect by law for your injuries.
Our Columbus dog bite lawyers may be able to help you recover a settlement or award that includes compensation for:
We strive to have the responsible party or parties pay for not only your current and past medical bills associated with the bite but also your future costs.
We may pursue compensation to make up for the income you have been unable to earn while missing work to recover from your injury.
If the bite was so severe that it diminishes your work capacity for months or years, resulting in a long-term reduction in your income, we may be able to help you recover compensation to make up the difference.
Pain and Suffering
You might be entitled to monetary compensation for your pain and suffering and your emotional distress. We may also pursue this money as we go after your economic compensation.
Additional Compensation if You Qualify
Every dog bite injury case is unique, and depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may be eligible for additional forms of compensation not listed above. The Pintas & Mullins Law Firm team may evaluate your case and determine the types and amounts of damages you have incurred. We may then put together a substantial claim that seeks fair compensation to recover your losses.
For a free legal consultation with a Dog Bite Lawyer serving Columbus, call (800) 816-0755
The Statute of Limitations on Dog Bite Injury Cases
The Ohio Revised Code § 2305.01 puts a statute of limitations on dog bite injury lawsuits, which is two years. If necessary, we may file your lawsuit within the deadline by taking quick legal action on your behalf. Call the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm team today to learn more.
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Call Now for a Free Dog Bite Case Evaluation in Columbus
The Columbus dog bite lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm want to start working on your case today to recover compensation as quickly as possible. We work on a contingency basis, so you do not need to pay anything upfront. Our law firm takes a fee from the settlement you receive. For a free case evaluation, call (800) 816-0755.