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How much time do you have to sue for a dog bite?

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2023 | Dog Bites

When you are attacked by someone’s dog, one of the first things on your mind is getting to a safe location and seeking treatment for your injuries. The last thing on your mind during those chaotic moments is filing a lawsuit. 

However, a dog bite can lead to serious physical and emotional trauma. If you are attacked by someone’s dog, you deserve justice – and this is where a premises liability lawsuit comes in. But you cannot just file your premises liability claim when you feel like it. In other words, you have to act within the statute of limitations period. 

Liability for a dog attack in Ohio

Ohio has a strict liability statute when it comes to animal attacks. Under this statute, the dog owner is strictly liable if their animal attacks someone else. Thus, you have the right to sue the animal owner for compensation following an attack. The only exceptions to this rule could be if you were trespassing on the property or when you provoked the animal. 

Ohio statute of limitations for dog attack claims

The statute of limitations stipulates a deadline within which a dog attack victim can sue the animal owner for damages. Failing to file your claim in a timely manner can result in the refusal of your lawsuit unless you qualify for an exception. 

The statute of limitations for dog bite claims in Ohio is two years. This means that you have up to two years from the date of the attack to file your premises liability lawsuit. 

Safeguarding your rights

Dogs can be wonderful companions. But these fluffy canines are also responsible for thousands of ER visits each year. Learning more about Ohio personal injury laws can help you protect your rights and interests if you are a victim of a preventable dog attack.