Every year thousands of people in Ohio become victims of dog bites and animal attacks which cause serious injury and even death. Although animal attack claims mostly involve dog bites, many other types of domesticated and non-domesticated animals such as cats, exotic pets (bears, lions, lizards, poisonous snakes, etc.), and farm animals also bite or injure people. Innocent children are particularly susceptible to injury since they do not recognize the potential danger that some animals pose. Due to the fact that animals often react upon instinct, people should exercise caution around unfamiliar animals to avoid being bitten or attacked.
When an animal attack occurs, the owner and keeper of that animal may be held responsible for any injury that animal caused. Bite victims are usually entitled to compensation for physical, economic and emotional injuries, even if the animal has never bitten anyone before and the owner had no idea that the animal would bite or attack. In Ohio, there are also special laws that are applicable to dog bites and vicious dogs. Vicious dogs are considered any dog that kills or seriously injures someone, without regard to the dog’s breed. Owners of dangerous and vicious dogs must maintain liability insurance of at least $100,000 for any injuries the dog may cause.
Often times, dog bite and animal attack cases involve complicated legal issues regarding insurance coverage, premises location of the bite incident and governmental immunity issues involving police K-9’s. The Brannon Law Firm is highly experienced in representing people who have been bitten or attacked by animals. If you are the victim of a dog bite or animal attack, our attorneys can provide accurate advice and information specific to your case. Call our offices today for a free consultation.