Cleveland Dog Bite Attorney
Dogs may be “man’s best friend,” but they are still animals with the instinct to bite in certain situations. It is not a matter of breed, age, size, or gender – any dog can bite, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Dog bites can cause serious injuries that may require reconstructive surgery. When that’s the case, a dog bite lawyer can help you seek compensation to cover the cost of medical expenses.
Located by Crocker Park, Dodosh Law Offices accepts cases in Cleveland, Westlake, Independence and throughout Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, and Summit Counties. Contact the firm by calling (440) 298-2344 or submit an online form here.
How Many People Are Bitten by Dogs Each Year?
AVMA states that dog bites are a serious health risk. More than 4.5 million people are bitten every year in the U.S., and at least half of them are children. Every year, over 800,000 dog bite victims receive medical treatment for their injuries. Homeowners insurance companies paid $882 million for dog bite claims in 2021, as reported by the Insurance Information Institute (III).
Who Is Liable for Dog Bite Injuries in Cleveland?
Under Ohio law, strict liability applies to dog bites. This means the owner or keeper of a dog is automatically financially responsible for any damages the animal causes upon attack. Victims are not required to prove negligence. The only exceptions to this rule apply when:
- A person is bitten by a dog while attempting to commit a criminal offense against the property of the dog’s owner or keeper, or against any person; or
- The dog bite victim was tormenting, teasing, or abusing the dog while on the owner's or keeper’s property.
Serious Representation for Serious Dog Bite Injuries
In addition to puncturing the skin, dog bites can cause serious damage to underlying muscles, tendons, bones, nerves, and blood vessels. Dog saliva contains many different microorganisms. If left untreated, dog bites can lead to serious infections. If a dog’s vaccinations are not up to date, victims of an attack may face the risk of rabies, which is nearly always fatal for humans.
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