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Under Ohio law, dog owners are responsible for the aggressive actions of their dog.

While the majority of dogs are well-tempered and behaved, there are others, on occasion, that may bite or attack. Under Ohio law, dog owners are responsible for the aggressive actions of their dog. Dog bites and attacks can cause serious injuries, especially to small children who are sometimes smaller than the dog and unable to defend themselves. The dog bite attorneys at Cowan & Hilgeman are experienced handling serious injuries as a result of dog attacks. Ohio law allows for claims brought under the Ohio common law and by statute under the Ohio Revised Code.

Ohio common law provides a two-year statute of limitation but requires that an injured party prove that the dog owner’s negligence actually contributed or caused injuries. In additional to traditional damages such as medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses and pain and suffering, the dog owner may be responsible for punitive damages if the dog had previous dangerous propensities or attacks.


The Ohio Revised Code provides that dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs. This means that a court may find the owner responsible without a finding of fault. The statute of limitation to bring a claim under the Ohio Revised Code is six years.

The dog bite attorneys at Cowan & Hilgeman have extensive experience handling dog claims with various fact patterns and are committed to getting results for their clients. Contact the dog bite lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman to schedule your free office consultation today.

Dog Bite Attorney Dayton OH

In helping clients for over three decades, Cowan & Hilgeman understands how to protect your rights against professional insurance adjustors that stop at no cost to minimize your claim, deny your medical bills and treat you unfairly.  The premises dog bite attorneys at Cowan & Hilgeman will explain the entire claim process, from start to finish.

Dayton Dog Bite Attorney

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog bite, it is important to understand your rights and seek the assistance of a skilled dog bite attorney. Dog bites can result in severe injuries, emotional trauma, and financial burdens, and you shouldn’t have to bear the burden alone. A reputable Dayton, OH dog bite attorney can help you navigate the legal process, protect your rights, and seek the compensation you deserve.

Dog bite laws can vary from state to state, but in Ohio, the law holds dog owners strictly liable for any injuries their dogs cause. This means that the owner is responsible for the actions of their dog, regardless of whether they knew the dog had a propensity to bite. However, proving liability and obtaining fair compensation can still be a complex process. That’s where a knowledgeable dog bite attorney can make all the difference.

A skilled Dayton dog bite attorney will have a deep understanding of the state’s laws and regulations regarding dog bites. They will assess the circumstances surrounding the incident, gather evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf. This may include collecting medical records, witness statements, photographs of the injuries, and any other relevant documentation to support your claim.

One of the primary goals of a dog bite attorney is to seek fair compensation for the damages you have suffered. These damages can include medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, and future medical costs if you require ongoing treatment. An experienced attorney will carefully evaluate your case to determine the full extent of your losses and fight to ensure you receive the appropriate compensation.

In addition to handling the legal aspects of your case, a dog bite attorney can also assist you in dealing with insurance companies. Insurance companies may try to minimize your claim or offer a settlement that is far below what you deserve. An attorney with experience in dog bite cases knows how to negotiate with insurance companies effectively and can help you avoid accepting a settlement that is insufficient.

Time is of the essence when it comes to pursuing a dog bite claim. In Ohio, there is a statute of limitations, which is the legal time limit within which you must file your claim. It is crucial to consult with a dog bite attorney as soon as possible after the incident to ensure you meet all the necessary deadlines and preserve your rights.

When searching for a dog bite attorney look for a firm with a proven track record of success in handling personal injury cases, particularly dog bite cases. Read reviews and testimonials, and schedule initial consultations to discuss your case and evaluate the attorney’s expertise and approach.

Being a victim of a dog bite can be a traumatic experience, but you don’t have to face it alone. By working with a skilled Dayton dog bite attorney you can focus on your recovery while knowing that your legal rights are protected. Contact a trusted attorney today at Cowan & Hilgeman to seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

We pride ourselves on client satisfaction and strive to fully explain:

  • All Compensation Available Under Ohio Law
  • Medical Bills – Who Pays and How to Get Them Paid
  • Lost Wage Repayment
  • Out-of-Pocket Cost Reimbursement
    • Collection of Medical Records and Bills
    • Value of Pain and Suffering
    • Expert Reports
    • Property Damage Repairs and Diminished Value Claims

    Cowan & Hilgeman has the experience and resources that are necessary to fully investigate your case and prosecute your claims. If you have questions regarding your claims or benefits, call us today to schedule a free dog bite case consultation.

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    Please contact the Dayton Personal Injury Lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman to schedule your free initial office consultation today.

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