Dog Bite Lawyer
A shockingly high number of people are seriously injured by dog bites every year. Not only are 4.7 million dog bites reported annually in the U.S., but the number of dog bite attacks requiring medical attention has increased 15 times faster than dog ownership. Serious dog bites can result in painful and debilitating injuries, and even death. Deep skin wounds, loss of fingers, infections and scarring are common. The dog bite lawyers at The Cochran Firm know only too well how difficult it can be to recover physically, financially and emotionally from a dog attack. If you or someone you love were seriously injured by a dog bite, you deserve compensation from those responsible for the animal so you and your family can get on with life. To ensure you obtain the compensation you need and deserve, you must retain a skilled and aggressive dog bite lawyer as soon as possible.
At The Cochran Firm, our dog bite lawyers work every day to provide all of our clients with a level of service that honors the high standard of excellence established by our founder, Johnnie Cochran. If you or a loved one are trying to recover from a dog attack, you can be assured that our personal injury lawyers will be with you every step of the way to make certain you are fairly and fully compensated for your suffering. To learn more about all of the ways The Cochran Firm can help you and your family get your lives back on track after your dog bite, please contact us for a free, no obligation legal evaluation of your case today.
Dog Bite Injury Lawyers
Every year, some 850,000 people sustain dog bites severe enough to require medical attention. Between 1979 to 1996, there were 154 fatal dog attacks reported in the U.S., with five dog breeds – Pit Bull, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Husky and Alaskan Malamute – accounting for two-thirds of those attacks. Pit Bulls were responsible for twice as many fatal attacks as any other breed and over half of all fatal attacks. Half of all dog bites attacks involved children under 12 years old
Under Ohio law, a dog owner is almost always responsible for any provable injuries the dog causes. A dog does not get one free bite, and the dog’s owner is strictly liable for any harm the animal. The only exceptions occur when the injured person was teasing or tormenting the dog, or trespassing or committing a criminal offense on the owner’s property. Common law, however, gives most dogs “one free bite,” and plaintiffs must show that the owner knew the dog was vicious and that the owner was negligent in handling the dog. Unlike the Ohio statute, common law does allow plaintiffs to seek punitive damages. In Ohio, plaintiffs can file dog bite lawsuits under either the state’s statute or common law, or both. The dog bite lawyers at The Cochran Firm have been fighting for injured people like you for more than four decades, and they know how to make sure the victims of serious personal injuries receive the compensation they need and deserve. Our dog bite lawyers can advise you on how best to pursue your claim to ensure you receive the maximum compensation allowed for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
In most circumstances, damages for a dog bite are paid by the homeowner’s insurance company for the owner or keeper of the dog. If you’ve already been approached by an insurance company for the dog’s owner, you need to contact our dog bite lawyers before you agree to anything. You must understand that the insurer you’re dealing with is not interested in your recovery, and is only looking out for its own bottom line. The Cochran Firm has never been afraid to take on even the largest corporations or insurance companies, and our dog bite lawyers will aggressively pursue your claim, at trial if necessary, to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Legal Help for Dog Bite Victims
At The Cochran Firm, all of our highly-experienced attorneys are dedicated to providing quality legal representation to injured people, their families, and the ordinary citizen, just as Johnnie Cochran envisioned when he founded the firm over 40 years ago. If you or a loved one are seeking personal, dedicated and aggressive legal representation in the wake of a serious dog bite, please contact The Cochran Firm today by filling out our online form, or call (513) 381-HURT.