Personal Injury Claims Under Ohio Pet Liability Laws
In Ohio, animal/pet owners are usually liable for injuries caused by their pets or livestock. It doesn't matter whether the animal is a pit bull or a cow; if it causes injuries to humans, the animal's owner may be held liable.
Unfortunately, most Ohioans aren't aware of their rights after a dog bite or animal attack. As a consequence, they either shoulder the financial burden of their injuries or accept an insurance offer that is far below the true value of their harm. This can be an especially big injustice when the injuries involve scarring, nerve damage or some other form of permanent disfigurement or disability.
At The Donahey Law Firm, we're prepared to help Ohio animal attack victims recover maximum compensation for their injuries. It doesn't matter whether the injuries occurred in Columbus, Dayton or Cincinnati; The Donahey Law Firm serves all of Ohio. Call 866-918-5886 or email us to discuss your case.
Were You Or Your Child Attacked By A Dog?
Visit The Donahey Law Firm's dog bites page for specific information about Ohio dog bite liability.
Were You Injured By Another Type Of Animal?
Cats bite approximately 750,000 people each year in the U.S. Some of these attacks cause severe harm such as eye injuries or permanent scarring to the face or neck. Cat bites or scratches can also cause a nasty bacterial infection, which can lead to life-threatening health problems.
Insurance companies consistently devalue the injuries suffered by cat attack victims. Once you accept an offer from an insurer, it prevents you from seeking additional money in the future, even if your injuries prove far more problematic than you thought they were. This is why it is crucial to consult an experienced premises liability attorney before accepting an offer.
Farm animal-related injuries
Farm animals cause injuries, too, and not just from bites or attacks. If a farmer doesn't contain his or her animals, they can wander onto the road and cause a serious accident. These types of accidents may involve horses, cows, bulls, pigs, goats, buffalo or even alpacas. Regardless of how unusual your claim may be, if you were injured by another person's animal, you are likely able to recover compensation for the resulting harm.
When you are a visitor at a farm or petting zoo, the owner has a duty to protect you from harm by his or her animals. Farmers know the tendencies of their animals and are in the best position to prevent visitors from injury or death.
The duty the farmer owes you may differ depending on whether you are a visitor or working as a farmhand. At The Donahey Law Firm, we can help you determine whether you have a valid personal injury claim and what damages are recoverable.
Exotic pet attacks
From big cats to chimpanzees, the popularity of exotic animals has risen dramatically in Ohio over the past decade. While the owner's love for his or her exotic animals is understandable, the wild animals are often living in a situation that is not safe for them or their owners, neighbors and visitors.
Powerful animals like bears, camels, lions, tigers and primates can quickly cause fatal injuries, even if they have never previously shown aggression. Animal owners should never allow visitors to be in a situation where serious harm can occur.
Poisonous snakes, reptiles, spiders and insects are also increasingly common pets in Ohio. Having a unique pet is a lifestyle choice, but when the owner invites others onto his or her property, the visitors should never be put in a situation where they could be bitten or attacked.
Animal-Related Injuries Occur In Many Ways
A variety of situations give rise to an animal injury claim. Bites are the most common cause of animal-related injuries, but injuries can occur even when the animal doesn't make contact with the victim.
Imagine a jogger running down the sidewalk. Out of nowhere, a dog sprints toward her, lunging, startling her and causing her to backpedal and fall into a fire hydrant. Even if the dog halts its attack, when she hits the ground, it has already caused her serious injury and the owner may be held liable. Many people are unsure if you can sue someone over a dog attack such as this. If you have questions, you should contact our law firm to learn more about your legal rights.
To discuss your claim, contact an experienced animal attack attorney. Call The Donahey Law Firm at 866-918-5886 or contact us online to speak with a skilled lawyer. The Donahey Law Firm serves injury victims anywhere in Ohio.
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