Ohio Dog Bite Lawyer
In the next year, there is a 1 in 50 chance that you’ll be attacked by a dog. If you are attacked, then there is a 1 in 6 chance that you’ll have to go to the hospital, and perhaps even require surgery and multiple hospital visits. If you’re under 14, your chances of being bitten are substantially higher, as are your chances of sustaining more serious and scarring injuries to the face, hands, arms and legs.
There are approximately 52 million dogs living in the United States today, and a surprising number of them can pose serious threats to innocent adults and children. In fact, during the past ten years, several studies claim that there’s been a 30 percent increase in reports of dog bites, despite only a negligible increase in the total dog population. Today, some estimates claim that 13,000 dog bites occur daily, and that more than $100 million in medical expenses result annually.
Part of the reason for the recent surge in dog attacks is no doubt because “attack” dogs – Pit Bulls, Canary Dogs, Rottweilers, Bulldogs, German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, and Alaskan Malamutes – have become a popular choice of pets for many Americans. When properly trained and raised in homes prepared for their needs, these dogs can be as friendly and obedient as any other breed of dogs. The problem is that many owners get these types of dogs for all the wrong reasons.
Like parents who abuse or neglect their children, dog owners who aren’t prepared for the responsibilities of the role often end up with dogs that will routinely demonstrate violent, unpredictable and aggressive behavior. But unlike a rebellious teenager, a troubled pit bull can have the biting power of 2600 lbs. per square inch (psi), easily enough strength to maim or kill a grown man. While negligent dog owners happily pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to own a pure breed Pit Bull or Huskie, they are less willing to make the investment in time that it takes to become caring and responsible owners of these potentially dangerous breeds.
When negligent ownership of a dog erupts into an injury for an innocent person, the victim has a right to pursue damages against the owner equal to the pain and suffering their dog has inflicted. A dog bite victim may incur many different kinds of damages and losses, from medical bills and emotional damage, to loss of the opportunity to earn income in the future because of disfigurement. As for children, the segment of the population most frequently attacked by dogs, the emotional and psychological damage that an attack by a wild dog can scar for a lifetime.
Most laws concerning dog ownership and dog owner liability when attacked by a dog are enforced at the county level. Akron, for example, has ordinances in place that ban ownership of several breeds of “vicious” dogs within city limits. Other counties in Ohio have very strict definitions of a dog owner’s responsibility and what the law considers owner negligence when a dog attack occurs.
In Toledo, Swanton, Bowling Green, Findlay and other cities and counties of Northwest Ohio, personal injury lawyer Chuck Boyk has helped people who’ve been injured by wild and uncontrollable dogs. He’s made sure that negligent owners face the proper consequences when a lack of care for dogs results in preventable injury.
Chuck represents dog bite attack victims who have suffered rabies, puncture wounds and scarring, emotional trauma and wrongful death as a result of the attack. Contact Chuck today if you or a loved one is seeking legal help for your injury.