Animal Claims and Dog Bites

Each year, many people are attacked or bitten by dogs and other animals. Serious scarring, nerve damage, deformity, disfigurement, and sometimes even death can result from an animal attack or dog bite. At the law office of Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A., in Columbus, Ohio, we provide expert legal assistance for clients who have been involved in animal claims and dog bite accidents. Children are particularly susceptible to injuries, being naturally curious and often unable to defend themselves in the event of an animal attack. Victims of injuries related to an animal or pet may be eligible to recover medical costs, compensation for their pain and suffering, and other damages. At Miller Law, we handle personal injury cases related to these attacks on behalf of victims and their families throughout Central Ohio.

Failure to properly restrain animals or pets can pose a serious risk. Pet and animal owners are largely responsible for the control of their animals. In dog bite cases a dog owner can usually be held liable for his or her dog's attack even if the owner is not found to be negligent. Under Ohio Revised Code §955.28(B) owners are typically 'strictly liable' if their animal attacks a person. Landlords and landowners on whose property an animal is kept or 'harbored' may also be responsible for damages caused by the animal. If an owner knew of his animal's violent nature, due to prior behavior, such as other bites or attempted attacks, that owner can potentially be held responsible for punitive damages in addition to standard compensation of losses.

Other animal-related cases can arise from the failure of an owner, keeper, or harborer of animals to control and confine those animals. Examples include claims arising as a result of livestock or farm animals causing serious accidents on roads.

We will perform a thorough investigation of the facts in your case, apply our extensive knowledge of the law, and advocate for your right to a fair and just recovery.

Miller Law carries a manageable client caseload, and we feel this ensures our ability to pay careful attention to the details of each and every case. We provide free consultations. We also handle animal and dog bite cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee will be a percentage of the overall recovery we are able to help you achieve. If you do not make any recovery, you do not owe us a fee. To discuss your case with a trusted, respected, and experienced dog bite and animal attack attorney, please contact our Columbus, Ohio law firm at (614) 221-4035.