Q:
What are my rights according to Ohio State Law?

A:
Ohio is remarkably progressive when it comes to victims rights. Dog bites are no exception. According to Ohio State Law (955.28, Section B) “…(B) The owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog is liable in damages for any injury, death, or loss to person or property that is caused by the dog, unless the injury, death, or loss was caused to the person or property of an individual who, at the time, was committing or attempting to commit a trespass or other criminal offense on the property of the owner, keeper, or harborer, or was committing or attempting to commit a criminal offense against any person, or was teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog on the owner's, keeper's, or harborer's property.” This means that unless you were tormenting the dog in any way, the owner or keeper is liable for any damages that you might incur. That means that he or she is not only responsible for medical bills.
Charles Boyk
is a personal injury attorney and author practicing law in Ohio. 419-241-1395

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