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Dogs bite nearly 4.5 million Americans each year, half of whom are children. One in five dog bites, according to the CDC, results in injuries serious enough to require medical attention. The majority of injuries to children occur to the face.
Ohio has a strict liability dog bite statute, which means that the dog owner is liable for the damages the dog causes, regardless of whether the dog has ever been vicious prior to the bite. There is no such thing as "one free bite." The only circumstance in which a dog owner can defend a claim is if the victim was teasing or tormenting the dog. If the dog owner or the owner of the premises (if different from the dog owner) knows or has reason to know of the dog's violent propensities, the premises owner and/or the dog owner is liable under common law.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, please contact us for an initial free consultation.