Experienced Lawyers Serving the Injured in Dayton, Ohio
At Gounaris Abboud, LPA our team offers highly competent legal representation for those who deserve rightful compensation for the injuries and losses suffered due to negligent pet owners.
A Dayton dog bite lawyer at our firm will work thoroughly and aggressively to help you achieve a fair and just outcome, one that reflects the full extent of the damages you’ve sustained.
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Understanding Ohio’s Dog Bite Law
Under Ohio’s dog bite statute, pet owners are liable for any injuries their dogs inflict upon others. This law applies as a strict liability law; the only exceptions are if you provoked the dog into the attack, you were trespassing on the dog owner’s property, or committing a crime on the dog owner’s premises.
Under this law, you may pursue full compensation for your damages, which can include all of your medical expenses, any lost wages or income due to your injuries, out-of-pocket expenses related to the injuries, and non-economic damages such as those for scarring, pain, suffering, permanent disability or impairment.
Punitive damages, meant to punish the dog owner, cannot be recovered under this statute. Your claim for damages may be filed against the dog owner or whoever was in charge of the dog at the time, such as a dog walker.
This person would be the dog “harborer” or keeper. Anyone who had control of the dog at the time your injuries occurred may be named in your claim.
Why You Need a Dayton Personal Injury Attorney on Your Side
Most often, a dog bite claim will be filed with the dog owner’s homeowner insurance company. Insurance companies are notorious for discounting claims as they are in the business of maintaining their profits.
Getting a fair settlement on an insurance claim generally means fighting for what you are owed. That fight is best conducted with the representation of an experienced and aggressive attorney.
Contact our firm to discuss your case with one of our nationally-recognized attorneys. Find out what can be done and how our firm can help you with tenacious and thorough representation.