Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their pets from harming others. Many times dog owners neglect this responsibility which results in people being bitten – sometimes seriously. It is necessary to prove exactly how the dog owner was negligent when making an insurance claim for your injuries: Did the dog owner leave the gate open to allow the dog to roam the streets? Did the dog exhibit aggressive behavior in the past, which was ignored by the pet owner? Did the dog owner violate a leash law?
When someone is injured from a dog attack, they often want to hold the owner accountable for the dogs actions. Different states have different regulations on if the dog owner can be held strictly liable. Some states believe that any bite that occurs places strict liability on the owner, other states allow a dog “one free bite” if the dog hasn’t had any dangerous tendencies in the past. With a strict liability case the injured person does not have to prove that the dog owner was negligent.
In the State of Ohio the dog owner is strictly liable if:
1. The injury was caused by the dog’s behavior
2. The injured person was not committing a crime or trespassing on property
3. The injured person did not provoke the dog by teasing, tormenting or abusing it
These laws are subject to change, so speaking with a lawyer who specializes in dog and animal bite injuries is crucial before you initiate a lawsuit.