Toledo Dog Bite Attorney
Dog bites can occur anywhere, and often victims have done nothing but walk past a yard where a dog is kept. Dogs can be extremely powerful animals and once they decide to attack, it can be impossible to prevent harm. Pet owners have a duty to keep their animals from hurting others and must be held accountable in the event that a pet causes injuries. The laws that govern dog bites also extend to cover most types of dog attacks. For example, if a dog jumps and knocks you over, breaking your wrist, you may be able to seek damages.
If you have suffered injuries due to a dog bite or attack, contact the Toledo dog bite attorneys at Williams DeClark Tuschman Co. L.P.A. as soon as possible. At our firm, we understand the physical and emotional trauma associated with a dog bite and can fight to see that owners are held accountable for their pets. Our attorneys possess more than 100 years of combined experience and can help you to seek the restitution you deserve.
Have you been attacked by a dog? Call 419-719-5195 and find out if you have a case.
A Dog Bit Me – Who Is Liable?
When it comes to dog bites, Ohio is a strict liability state, meaning that a dog owner can be held liable for injuries caused by their pet even if no prior history of violence exists. This means that it is not an adequate defense for an owner to argue that they had no idea their dog was likely to attack. Even if an owner took means to restrain an animal, they may still be held responsible for injuries. For example, if a dog escapes from a fenced-off area and you are bitten, you may be able to file a suit for compensation. Alternatively, if owner negligence was a direct factor in an attack, victims may be able to seek additional damages.
After a dog bite injury, our firm can help you to seek compensation for damages including:
- Initial medical fees and hospitalization costs
- Future rehabilitation and therapy
- Lost wages or missed work
- Reduced standard of living
- Emotional trauma or hardship
You may also be able to seek compensation for attacks that occurred in the past but it is important to act quickly. In Ohio, victims of a dog bite have only two years to seek compensation in court. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations and begins from the day that your injuries occurred. Failing to formally file a lawsuit by this deadline can result in the forfeiture of your legal ability to seek compensation.
Award-Winning Legal Representation
When you need hard-hitting legal advocacy, look no further than Williams DeClark Tuschman Co. L.P.A. Our Toledo dog bite attorneys have recovered nearly half a billion dollars for our past clients and know how to maximize your potential compensation. For our commitment to our clients, our attorneys have received numerous legal distinctions such as inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers® as well as Best Lawyers in America® by U.S. News. When you work with our team of dedicated personal injury lawyers, you can rest assured that your case is in skilled hands.
Schedule a free case evaluation with our attorneys and discover your legal options.