A dog’s owner is liable for the actions of their dog under the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §955.28 An Ohio dog bite lawyer can help you understand how the other party may be liable to pay for your various accident-related losses and how to pursue justice. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 816-0755 today to speak to a member of our team about your next steps. We can walk you through the entire legal process.
Compensation You May Be Eligible to Collect in Your Dog Bite Case
You can suffer a dog bite in any circumstance. You might be liable for compensation for your losses, however. These losses can include:
All of Your Medical Costs
If your dog bite was serious enough to warrant emergency services, like an ambulance, you could include it in your claim. Other losses could include hospital bills, doctor’s visits, mobility devices (like crutches), or casts.
Your Intangible Costs
Your non-economic costs could make you eligible for compensation, as well. These can be confusing for someone who has never filed a claim for damages. Some non-economic losses you may have suffered due to a dog bite can include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of limb or similar disability
Sometimes Overlooked Losses
The following damages could be compensable, depending on your circumstances:
- Lost pay
- Loss of bonuses or tips
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of guidance
- Funeral and burial or cremation costs
- Transportation costs to and from doctor’s appointments
Your Ohio dog bite lawyer can prove that you sustained losses. We can do this by compiling various forms of evidence to support your claim. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today. We can help you explore all avenues for compensation. You may have suffered losses that you may not be aware of at this time. Let us take a look at all evidence of your case.
A Lawyer Can Help You Collect Evidence
If you suffered your injury on private property, we may be able to obtain the security camera footage that displays the accident. Similarly, we can subpoena the dog owner’s phone records or scour the internet for their time-stamped posts. This may occur if the owner was negligent in failing to watch their dog while you were on their property—and they were texting or posting to social media at the time you were bitten.
If you collected any eyewitnesses’ information from the scene of the dog bite, we can use any contact numbers or emails to depose those individuals during the discovery phase of any lawsuit you may choose to pursue. Another person corroborating your claim can strengthen your case.
We can also recruit medical experts to discuss your injuries and how they affect your quality of life. Some people may only think that they could recover damages for their injury and medical bills. However, if your dog bite injury changed how you walk through the world, prevents you from working, or does not allow you to do some of the things you used to enjoy, you could collect further damages.
We Will Determine How Your Dog Bite Accident Occurred
By looking at all evidentiary documents and analyzing testimonies of the event, we can formulate a timeline of the events that led up to your accident. We can also prove how the dog’s owner is responsible. We will do this by:
- Proving that the dog’s owner owed you a duty of care
- Showing that said owner violated this duty
- Displaying that the violation resulted in your injury
- Establishing that these injuries resulted in financial losses to you
How Your Lawyer Will Help You Pursue Compensation
The way toward securing compensatory damages can be overwhelming for those healing from an injury. However, you are not alone. Let Pintas & Mullins Law Firm help you. You should report the bite to the police first so that they can file a report.
Then, your lawyer can negotiate with the negligent party for a settlement. If negotiations are unsuccessful, then you may decide to file a lawsuit. You must do so within the two-year time period, however. If you do not do this, you will not be able to pursue damages at all.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today to Begin
We want to help you bring the negligent party to justice. You may feel reservations about taking action against a dangerous dog. However, it can be comforting to know that no harm will ever come to another person via the bite of said dog.
In Ohio, owners of dangerous dogs must adhere to certain regulations imposed by ORC §955.22. These regulations include:
- Registering the dog as dangerous
- Keeping them restrained with a fence, or tether, or via some kind of lock, or muzzled
- Keeping a female dog in heat restrained on the property
- Keeping the dog on a leash while they are off the premises
- Maintaining the dog’s ability to bark (they cannot get the dog surgically silenced)
- Informing the police if the dog escapes off of the property
- Informing the police if the dog is sold
There are other things that a dangerous dog’s owner must do. Your lawyer can discuss them with you if you were bit by a dog whose owner failed to adhere to the above legally-imposed regulations.
Call (800) 816-0755 to speak to a Pintas & Mullins Law Firm team representative today about your case. We can talk about how an Ohio dog bite lawyer can help you. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get to work. We cannot help you until you reach out to us.