When Dogs Bite: Your Rights
Were you bitten and injured by a dog?
Talk to a lawyer at The Law Offices of Christopher Jackson today for your free legal consultation.
Dog bite injuries should not be taken lightly. A serious dog attack, even by a small dog, can result in permanent muscle damage and deep tissue scars that can require major reconstructive surgery.
Often the pet owner’s insurance company pays for the damages, not the pet owner.
(Many dog bite victims know the pet’s owner and are concerned about this.)
The Facts About Pursuing Dog Bite Claims
Dog bite injury claims are not as straightforward as they might seem. Some states follow the “one free bite” rule where the courts may not place liability on the pet owner if the dog has no previous record of a bite or attack (some breeds are not given this leeway).
When pursuing damages against an owner, it is important to thoroughly investigate the case to determine whether the dog has bitten anyone in the past or if the owner was negligent in handling the dog. If a dog is deemed by a court to be dangerous to the public, there can be severe consequences for both the owner and the dog.
We have all been in a situation where a dog seems aggressive, and the owner dismisses it with, “Oh, he won’t bite.” Even if a dog hasn’t bitten before, when there is evidence that a dog may be violent or aggressive, and the pet owner fails to take the proper steps to keep the animal under control, you have the right to pursue a personal injury claim.
Dog Breeds More Inclined to Bite Humans:
- German Shepherds
- Doberman Pinschers
We will pursue damages to help pay for medical bills.
Dog Bites Can Cause Serious Injuries
Christopher Jackson has represented many dog bite victims in Greater Cincinnati.
He works with medical specialists and experts to determine the full extent of financial damages the victim is likely to face over a lifetime. We can help you recover money for immediate medical treatment for wounds and infections, as well as long-term needs such as physical and occupational therapy, psychological counseling, and future reconstructive surgery.
Don’t let the negligent dog owner avoid liability. Your family has the right to fight for the full and fair money damages to which it is entitled.
Was Your Child Bitten by a Dog?
Children have the right to seek future financial damages.
A parent owes it to his or her child to make sure the child’s legal rights are protected and pursued.
In many cases, we can help the child obtain a substantial amount of money that can be used for future expenses as an adult, including medical costs and educational needs. Under some circumstances, a structured settlement or an educational trust or annuity may be appropriate for the child.
But I Know The Owner of the Dog Who Bit Me
Many dog bite victims don’t pursue a lawsuit for financial damages because they know the dog owner. Our dog attack lawyers can seek compensation from the dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance only, so there is minimal financial impact on the pet owner.
Seeking Compensation for Dog Attack Injuries
Children are often the victim of dog bites from a dog with which they are familiar, and it can be difficult to determine whether the dog bit the child as a result of rough play or whether the dog was provoked.
Many dog owners will protect their dog’s reputation at the expense of a dog bite victim; therefore, the investigation into a dog bite case should start immediately. An experienced lawyer at The Law Offices of Christopher Jackson is here to help you uncover the truth.
Children who are bitten by a dog are subject not only to physical injury but also to ongoing psychological trauma and emotional distress, particularly if the visible scars are to the face, hands, or lower arms.
Parents who witness the dog attacking their child can, in certain circumstances, make their own claims and recover monetary compensation for their own personal emotional distress.
What to do if you were bitten by a dog in Greater Cincinnati?
Were you or your child bitten by a dog in Greater Cincinnati?
Covington, KY, Newport, KY, and in the neighborhoods of Cincinnati, OH are where most of the dog attack victims we have represented were bitten. Dogs do also bite in the suburbs.
Call The Law Offices of Christopher Jackson at 859-261-1111 or reach us by email to request a free consultation.
Dog bite injuries can be serious and can include fractures, disfigurement, nerve damage, lacerations, and even death.
When the results of your case matter, work with a professional dog bite law firm that can give you the time and attention you deserve while providing clear legal answers based on a proven record of success.