Dogs are important members of many families. A dog bite injury, however, can be serious when a dog is not properly controlled and supervised.
Our Columbus, Ohio, personal injury law firm has handled many cases for people who have been bitten or otherwise injured by dogs and other animals, and we have experience with the duties Ohio law places on dog owners to protect others from injury.
Statistics Back It Up: Animal Attacks Are A Real Problem
Each year, over 4 million dog bites are reported in the United States. Overall, dog bites are the fifth most common reason for emergency room treatment. For children, dog bites are the second most common reason for seeking emergency medical attention, with children between 5 and 9 years of age the most common victims. Most injuries to children under 4 years of age were to the head or neck.
Attacks by dogs and other pets can result in devastating physical and emotional injuries: permanent scarring, reconstructive surgery, infection, post-traumatic stress disorder and sometimes even death.
Dogs bite for many reasons and, although any breed of dog may bite, a 2009 report by DogsBite.org reveals that pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes were responsible for 80 percent of the injury-producing attacks and 69 percent of fatalities. While only 18 percent of the attack/bites studied occurred away from the dog owner’s property, 81 percent of these off-property attacks were committed by pit bull breeds. Of 88 dog attack fatalities between January 2006 and December 2008 reported by DogsBite.org, 59 percent were perpetrated by pit bull breed dogs. This equates to one American being killed by a pit bull breed every 21 days during that period. Many cities have adopted breed-specific pit bull/fighting breed laws.
According to a 2010 study by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, the average cost of hospitalization for a dog bite injury was $18,200. In addition to the initial hospitalization, many dog bite victims must undergo multiple painful plastic or reconstruction surgeries and treatment for psychological injuries.
In Ohio, dog owners are strictly accountable for injuries and damages caused by their pets. Read our explanation of the Ohio dog bite law and how it applies to injury claims. These losses are often covered by the dog owner’s insurance, homeowners insurance or renters insurance.
Find Out If Our Columbus Ohio Dog Bite Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you, a friend or family member has been injured by a dog or other pet, seek immediate medical care, identify the dog owner, report the incident to the police and your local health department, and photograph the injuries.
Clark, Perdue & List Co, LPA, has extensive experience handling dog bite lawsuits. If requested, one of our attorneys will meet you in your home or at the hospital to explain your legal rights and make suggestions for immediate action on your claim. Contact one of our Ohio dog bite injury attorneys or call us at 800-647-7003 for a free consultation.