Dog Bites FAQs

Q. Can Ohio animal owners be held liable if their pets bite?

A. Generally, yes. If a dog or other animal causes injury, death, or loss to a person or to property, the dog owner is responsible. There are exceptions to this rule. For example, if the injured person was attempting to trespass at the time he was bitten or if the person was teasing, tormenting, or abusing the animal, the animal’s owner may not be held liable. That being said, as long as you are not doing anything illegal at the time of the bite and as long as you are not provoking the animal, the animal’s owner is responsible for any damages you suffer due to a dog bite or animal attack. To better understand how the law applies to your specific case, contact the Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis.

Q. What should I do if a dog or another animal bites me?

A. The first thing you should do it seek medical attention. Getting the proper medical care as quickly as possible can minimize the damage from the bite. You should file a dog bite report with the appropriate legal authority (such as the police department or the local animal control office) as quickly as possible. You should also take photographs of the bite to assist with any future legal claims you may file. For more information about your legal rights, contact the Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis for a free consultation.

Q. What information will my lawyer need about the dog bite incident?

A. Your lawyer will be able to build the most effective case if he or she is provided with detailed information about the incident. Make sure you get the name and number of the animal’s owner and contact information for any witnesses. Your lawyer will also want to know when and where the dog bite occurred and any other details about the situation.

Q. How long do I have to file a dog bite claim?

A. The statute of limitations for dog bites is two years. It’s best to file your claim as soon as possible.