Personal Injury Claims Under Ohio Pet Liability Laws
In Ohio, animal and pet owners are usually liable for injuries caused by their pets or livestock. It does not matter whether the animal is a dog or a cow; if the animal caused injury to a human, the animal’s owner may be held liable.
Unfortunately, most Ohioans are not aware of this, and often shoulder the financial burden of their injuries or accept an insurance offer that is far below what they are eligible to receive. This can be especially unjust when the injuries involve scarring, vision impairment, or some other form of permanent disability or disfigurement.
At The Donahey Law Firm, we are prepared to help Ohio animal attack victims recover maximum compensation for their injuries.
Types of Animal Attacks
Below you will find a list of the types of animal attack cases we handle at The Donahey Law Firm.
Cats bite approximately 400,000 people each year in the U.S. Some of these attacks cause severe injury, such as nerve damage, eye trauma, or permanent scarring. Cat bites or scratches can also cause nasty bacterial infections which can be life threatening if left untreated.
Insurance companies consistently devalue the injuries of cat attack victims. Once an offer from an insurer is accepted, it prevents the victim from seeking additional compensation in the future, even if their injuries turn out to be more problematic than originally thought. This is why it is crucial to consult an experienced animal attack lawyer before accepting an offer.
More than 4.5 million people are bitten every year by dogs in the United States. It is no surprise that many of these injuries require medical attention. Dog bites, just like cat attacks, can cause severe injuries like nerve damage, scarring, infections, and other problems. However, dog attacks are typically more severe than cat attacks, as canines are often larger in size than felines.
Farm animals can cause injuries, too, and not only from bites or attacks. If a farmer does not properly contain his or her animals, they can wander into 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 sound, if you were injured by an animal, you may be able to recover compensation from the owner.
Additionally, when you are a visitor at a farm or petting zoo, the owner has a duty to protect you from being harmed by his or her animals. Farmers know the tendencies of their animals and are in the best position to prevent visitors from injury or even 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.
From big cats to chimpanzees, the popularity of exotic animals has risen dramatically in Ohio over the past decade. While an owner’s love for his or her exotic animals is understandable, the animals may be 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 they can be harmed by the animal.
Poisonous snakes, reptiles, spiders, and insects are also increasingly common 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.
What Constitutes an Animal-Related Injury?
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 an animal does not make contact with the victim.
For example, if a jogger is running down the sidewalk, and a dog sprints towards her and causes her to fall and hit her head, the dog has caused her serious injury and the owner may be held liable. However, many people are unsure if you can sue over a dog attack like this. If you have questions, feel free to contact our law firm to learn more about your legal rights.
Your Personal Injury Attorney in Columbus, Ohio
The Donahey Law Firm has a proven track record in injury cases of all sizes, resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Contact us today for a case evaluation from a reliable, experienced animal attack attorney in Ohio.