Dog Bites And Animal Attacks

Although children are often the victims of animal bites and attacks, adults can also experience the trauma of a dog bite or other type of animal attack. However, attacks by pets are not the only way that animals can cause injury to humans. A cow in the road that causes a car accident is another example of an animal-caused injury.

It is important to consult an experienced injury attorney to learn about your rights and options in these situations. In addition to compensation for physical injuries, your award could also cover the costs of psychological injury and treatment, especially in the case of children traumatized by an attack.

"Because Ohio is a strict liability state, some people may believe that they don't need a lawyer to obtain benefits after an injury caused by an animal. This is shortsighted. Having an attorney who has experience with these kinds of cases understands the law, and the insurance coverage involved can maximize the compensation you are due for your injury." — Attorney Jeff Heck, "Mansfield's Injury Lawyer"

Who Is Liable For Animal Attacks?

At The Heck Law Offices, Ltd., attorneys Jeff Heck and Jeff Stiffler advocate for clients who suffered an attack by a pet or who were injured by animals such as livestock and zoo animals.

They understand the Ohio laws that determine liability for animal attacks. For example, pet owners are virtually always liable for an attack by a dog, cat or other pet. Even if the animal was not under the control of the owner, the owner can still be liable in addition to the person who was in control of the animal at the time of the injury.

They also know the ordinances in area communities regarding breeds of dogs that can be kept. For example, in Mansfield, certain kinds of pit bulls are legally defined as "dangerous dogs," and residents are prohibited from keeping certain kinds of breeds as a result. Injured persons may also be eligible for additional damages because of the dog owners' failure to obey this law.

Other breeds that may be defined as dangerous include terriers, German shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers and others. Our law firm can determine whether the dog that injured you was listed as dangerous and, by doing so, potentially increase the value of your case.

Get The Legal Help You Need

We work on a contingent-fee basis in animal attack cases, so you do not pay us any attorneys' fees unless we receive a settlement or award on your behalf.

To schedule your free initial consultation for your animal attack or injury claim, email us, or call 419-524-2700 or 866-640-7560. Our office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and we make evening and weekend appointments as necessary. We also make home and hospital visits as needed for those clients who are unable to come to us.