Columbus Dog Attack Attorneys
The family dog is an important member of a household providing love, entertainment and protection. While dogs can be an intrinsic part of one’s family, sometimes “man’s best friend” can have a dark side. Approximate, 4.5 million people in the U.S. suffer a dog bite annually with almost 800,000 being serious enough that they require medical attention. The risk of being attacked by a dog has increased over 85 percent during a recent fifteen year span. Those who are victims of dog attacks in Columbus and throughout the state tend to be the nation’s most vulnerable with the majority of victims being children under the age of 5 and senior over the age of 65.
When you or someone in your family suffers injury from a dog bite, it may vary in severity from a bite that barely breaks the skin to a fatal dog mauling. The experienced Columbus dog bite lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been providing legal advice and representation to dog bite victims since our law firm was founded in 1984. Our compassionate and experienced team of Columbus dog bite attorneys understand that serious dog attacks can result in debilitating injuries, disfigurement, severe emotional distress and even fatalities. These types of severe injuries and emotional trauma may necessitate significant costs for medical and psychological treatment. These costs can overwhelm a family financially, especially when a family breadwinner is disabled from employment for an extended period.
Our Columbus Dog Attack attorneys may use a variety of legal theories to establish the liability of a dog owner that does not take sufficient measures to protect others from his or her dog. Generally, a dog owner may be liable to a dog attack victim based on strict liability, negligence or violation of a leash law.
Strict Liability: Although strict liability is a basis for imposing legal responsibility for dog bite injuries, the concept of strict liability is somewhat nuanced in this context. While strict liability still means “liability regardless of negligent conduct,” strict liability only applies if a pre-existing knowledge requirement is met (referred to as the “scienter” requirement). A dog owner may be liable for a Columbus dog bite attack if the owner knows or should know that a dog has a vicious propensity. This vicious propensity may be manifest not only by bites but also other aggressive conduct by the dog or evidence of the owner’s knowledge like muzzling the dog or posting beware of dog signs. If a dog owner knows or should know of such vicious propensities, then the dog owner may be liable for injuries even if the dog owner is not negligent.
Negligence: When dog owners have no reason to know of prior vicious tendencies by their dog, they may still be liable if they engage in negligent conduct that causes a Columbus dog bite victim’s injuries. An example of such negligence (i.e. unreasonably careless behavior) might include leaving one’s gate open so that the dog gets out.
Local Leach Laws: If a dog owners fail to restrain their dog on a leash or fenced in their yard in violation of a leash law, our experienced Columbus dog bite attorneys may be able to employ the doctrine of “negligence per se.” The doctrine of negligence per se essentially means that violation of a statute or ordinance (e.g. leash law) that is intended to protect the public may constitute negligence when the violation results in injury to those it is intended to protect. A leash law in a locality is designed to protect residents from being injured by dogs running at large. This means that a violation of the leash law may constitute the basis for imposing liability on the dog owner.
Columbus Dog Attack Injuries
If you or someone you love is the victim of a Columbus dog bite or dog attack, you may suffer serious injuries including:
- Disfigurement like scars requiring reconstructive surgery
- Injury to internal organs
- Injuries to the nerves causing impaired sensation
- Fractures and broken bones
- Wrongful death
If you or a family member suffer severe injury in a Columbus dog attack or dog mauling, our experienced Columbus dog bite attorneys may seek both economic and non-economic damages including:
- Medical bills for medical and counseling costs
- Compensation for time off-work
- Pain and suffering
- Impaired enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Compensation for disability
- Costs associated with wrongful death (e.g. funeral & burial costs)
- Other damages based on the specific facts of your Columbus dog bite case
When a dog attack victim suffers injury caused by the failure of a dog owner to restrict a dangerous dog or otherwise take reasonable precautions to prevent dog bite injuries, our Columbus dog bite attorneys at Montlick and Associates have the experience to seek the legal compensation that our clients need to rebuild their lives and recover from injuries suffered in a dog attack. Our Columbus dog bite attorneys are dedicated to providing our best efforts in seeking the positive results for our clients. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation for us to evaluate your Columbus dog bite claim. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.