How Your Ohio Dog Bite Lawyer Will Assess Recovery Options

February 3, 2012

Dog Bites

Unlike many other states, Ohio does NOT have a one-bite law; dog owners are therefore liable for any injuries a dog may inflict. Your Ohio dog bite lawyer will assess all the ways you may recover your losses if you are the victim in an attack.

Your lawyer will first look at the facts of your case to see whether you have a likelihood of winning. Assuming your case looks promising,  you may be able to recover losses in a number of areas:

  • cost of medical treatment
  • loss of income (both now and in the future if you have a permanent disability)
  • damage to property
  • pain and suffering
  •  injury to your familial relationships (termed loss of consortium).

Your Ohio dog bite lawyer will then need to determine what sources are available for you to collect from. If the defendant has assets, these may be able to be attached. However, generally homeowners have clauses in their insurance policies which cover injuries suffered in dog attacks. This would likely be a better source to collect from, for generally these policies have coverage of $100,000 or more. However, many of these policies have exclusions for breeds known for their viciousness, such as pit bulls.

If the attack involves the defendant’s motor vehicle – such as if the dog leapt from the back of a pickup – an automobile insurance policy may cover your injuries. The homeowner policy would not be in effect, so in this instance this might be your best option.

The defendant may also have liability insurance. In fact, if the dog has a history of attacks, this may be required. The downside in your collecting on this policy is that the insurer will certainly try to avoid paying, thereby potentially necessitating a lawsuit.

Your best option for recovering damages in your dog bite attack depends, therefore, both on where the incident occurred and what, if any, coverage the defendant maintains. If you are a victim in an attack, contact the Ohio  dog bite lawyers Slater &  Zurz LLP for a FREE consultation by calling 1-800-297-9191 or send a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk.

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Slater & Zurz LLP is an Ohio law firm of highly experienced and respected attorneys. Over the last 40 years, we have developed a reputation for getting positive results for clients. We've been trusted with handling over 20,000 personal injury cases and our clients have received more than $120,000,000.

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