Dogs might be revered for their loyalty and protectiveness, but their bites can do a lot of damage. If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you pursue compensation for your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
Here’s what every Ohioan should know about the state’s dog bite laws.
Statute of limitations
A plaintiff has two years from the date of their injury to file a dog bite claim. Ideally, you should call a lawyer as soon as possible. Two years can pass quickly, especially when recovering from serious injury.
Quarantine Under Ohio Dog Bite Laws
Under Ohio Revised Code Section 955.261, dog owners have certain responsibilities when their dog bites someone. This includes placing the dog in a ten-day quarantine with the district’s board of health. The quarantine period may vary, depending on whether the specific district has different local rules. After the quarantine, the dog will either be returned to the owners or the board of health will determine another solution.
Strict liability in Ohio Dog Bite Laws
Ohio is a strict liability dog bite state. Section 955.28 states that any owner, keeper or harborer of a dog is liable for any injury (not just bites) caused by their dog. This applies if the dog’s behavior caused the injury, the victim was not committing or attempting to commit a criminal offense (other than a minor misdemeanor) and they were not teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.
“Strict liability” means that if the above conditions are met, there’s no need for the plaintiff to prove anything further. The owner is liable for damages.
There are several defenses to the dog bite strict liability statute. A dog owner can argue that the victim was trespassing on their property, that they provoked the dog or that the victim was engaging in or attempting to engage in criminal activity.
If one or more of these defenses apply, the dog owner has the burden to prove the plaintiff’s conduct. If proven, the plaintiff would be barred from recovering damages. Be sure to let your lawyer know whether a defendant would have any reason to use these defenses.
If you’ve been bitten by someone else’s dog, help is available. Call the Law Offices of Tim Misny to find out whether you have a strong case. You may be entitled to damages for medical bills and more.
Learn about your Ohio dog bite claim today
The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help with your dog bite case. When you’re the victim of negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (800) 556-4769 so that I can evaluate your case right away.