What to do if you are injured by a dog or other animal:

We know injuries resulting from dog bites can be horrifying - we've seen them first-hand. If you've been attacked by a dog, the first order of business is to seek immediate medical attention to minimize the risks of infection and disease transmission. The attack should also be reported to your county's board of health.

The second order of business is to contact us. Ohio law in the event of a dog bite can be nuanced and requires a prompt investigation of the circumstances of the attack.

Under Ohio law, a dog owner (or "keeper" or "harborer") is generally responsible for any injuries inflicted by his or her dog, even if the dog had no known history of aggression. In other words, Ohio law does NOT entitle dogs to "one free bite." There are nuances to this law and other relevant laws, so if you've been injured as a result of a dog bite, it's important to contact us immediately and provide us with as much information as you can. We will then undertake a prompt investigation of the circumstances of the attack.

Our investigation will include:

  • Determining ownership of the dog
  • Determining who had possession of the dog at the time the attack occurred
  • Obtaining incident reports
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Contacting insurers to verify coverage

Find Out Your Next Steps

If you or a family member has been injured by a dog, we know your ordeal has been traumatic and emotionally charged. Contact our Columbus office today by calling 877-466-9215 or by emailing us. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee. You will not owe us anything unless we succeed. Let us get involved on your behalf so you can focus on the most important thing: your recovery.