Dog Bites

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd.’s dog bite attorneys know a scar can run much more than skin deep.

Nearly 5 million people are bitten each year by dogs in the U.S., the American Veterinary Medical Association reports; making dog bites a more common cause of injury than riding in a vehicle involved in a crash, being struck by or against an object or being cut by something.

Each of these accidents is an unfortunate and potentially traumatic experience for the victim, but, depending upon the viciousness of a dog attack, dog bites can be especially traumatic and physically damaging.

If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog; trust the experienced, reliable dog bite attorneys at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. to investigate your case and protect your rights as an injured citizen. We have the resources, the experience and the determination to recover any lost wages, collect for your pain and suffering and ensure no smooth-talking insurance adjuster or defense attorney has the chance to cheat you out of the compensation you and your family deserve.

In many cases, the law allows dog bite victims to recover from the owner of the dog and their insurance company, as well as anyone who was keeping or harboring the dog at the time of the attack. The injury lawyers at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. can help you get answers if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog.

The meaning of a “Dangerous Dog”

A “dangerous dog” – a dog that, without provocation, has chased or approached in either a menacing fashion or in an apparent attitude of attack, or has attempted to bite or otherwise endanger any person, while the dog is off the premises of its owner or keeper and not reasonably controlled by a person, or not physically restrained or confined in a locked pen which has a top, locked fenced yard, or other locked enclosure with a top.

Meaning of a “Vicious Dog”

A “vicious dog” is: – a dog that, without provocation, has killed or caused serious injury to any person; a dog that, without provocation, has caused injury, other than death or serious injury, to any person, or has killed another dog.

Legal Responsibilities of Owners of Dangerous and Vicious Dogs

Dangerous and vicious dogs must be kept in a securely confined locked pen that has a top, locked fenced yard, or other locked enclosure that has a top. Alternatively, dangerous dogs may be tied with a leash or tether, so that the dog is adequately restrained. Dangerous and vicious dogs are permitted to be unrestrained when they are lawfully engaged in hunting and accompanied by an owner, keeper, or handler.

When a dangerous or vicious dog is off its owner’s premises, the dog must be kept on a chain-link leash or tether that is not more than 6 feet long. The leash or tether must be controlled be a person of suitable age and discretion. Otherwise, the leash or tether must be securely attached, tied, or affixed to the ground or a stationary object, so that the dog is adequately restrained to prevent it from causing injury to any person. Alternatively, the dog must be muzzled.

Legal Responsibilities of Owners of Vicious Dogs

The owner of a vicious dog must maintain a liability insurance policy providing coverage of not less than $100,000 for damages caused by the dog.

Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO for a free consultation if you were bitten by a dog

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a dog bite, let Elk & Elk prove to you how our rock-solid combination of experience, resources and determination can win you the compensation you deserve. Call our toll-free number at 1-800-ELK-OHIO or fill out our no-cost, obligation-free online contact form.