Scott M. Kuboff, Esq. is a Chardon Dog Bite Attorney with the law firm of Petersen & Ibold who helps his clients receive fair and just compensation for injuries resulting from the vicious dog bites and animal attacks.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 37% of American households – over 43 million – own a dog. Most dog-owners believe that our pets are harmless and would never bite anyone or anything. However, that is not always the case.
Chardon Dog Bite Attorney Scott M. Kuboff, Esq. has represented many Ohioans who have been seriously injured by vicious dog bites and animal attacks. Those who are fortunate, walk away with scratches or small puncture wounds. Others’ injuries are more serious: permanent scarring, nerve damage, broken bones, loss of muscle tissue, or even loss of limbs.
HOW CHARDON DOG BITE ATTORNEY SCOTT M. KUBOFF, ESQ. CAN HELP YOU RECOVER FOR YOUR DOG BITE INJURIES:
In Ohio, a person injured by a dog bite may present two different types of theories of liability: common-law negligence and statutory liability. Under a negligence theory, a plaintiff is essentially claiming that the defendant was negligent in keeping the dog in the first place. As such, the injured party must establish:
(1) the defendant owned or harbored the dog;
(2) the dog was vicious;
(3) the defendant knew of the dog's viciousness; and
(4) the defendant was negligent in keeping the dog.
To establish liability on a negligence theory, a Chardon Dog Bite Attorney must show that there was a prior dog bite or animal attack. In Ohio, this is known as the “one-bite rule.”
The second theory of liability is under Revised Code § 955.28(B). This statute imposes strict liability upon an “owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog” for injuries to individuals. Under Revised Code § 955.28(B), a Chardon Dog Bite Attorney does not need to show that there was a prior dog bite or animal attack; instead a Chardon Dog Bite Attorney only needs to prove that a dog bite or animal attack occurred. As one Ohio court noted, R.C. § 955.28(B) “imposes an absolute liability on the owner or keeper of a dog for any damage or injury caused by that dog.”
Specifically, R.C. § 955.28(B) provides, in relevant part, as follows:
The owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog is liable in damages for any injury, death, or loss to person or property that is caused by the dog, unless the injury, death, or loss was caused to the person or property of an individual who, at the time, . . . was teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog on the owner’s, keeper’s, or harborer’s property.
Accordingly, in order to maintain a cause of action under R.C. § 955.28(B), a Chardon Dog Bite Attorney must establish:
(1) that the defendant is the owner, keeper, or harborer of the dog;
(2) that the injury was proximately caused by the dog's actions; and
(3) the monetary amount of the damages.
Scott's representation of dog bite and animal attack victims is on a contingency basis, meaning you will pay NO ATTORNEYS FEES unless he recovers for you.
CONTACT CHARDON DOG BITE ATTORNEY SCOTT M. KUBOFF, ESQ. AND HE WILL TIRELESSLY WORK SO THAT YOU MAY OBTAIN FAIR COMPENSATION FOR YOUR INJURIES
If you have sustained an injury as a result of a dog bite or animal attack, contact Scott, a Chardon Dog Bite Attorney, for a no cost, no obligation consultation and case evaluation.