Cleveland Dog Bite Attorneys
Relentlessly Seeking Favorable Results for Dog Bite Victims
If a dog bit you, you might wonder whether the owner is liable and how you can go about recovering compensation for damages you sustained. Depending on your circumstances, the answer to the first question is "yes." You can hold the dog's owner responsible for the harm their pet caused. Concerning the second question, to recover compensation, you must file a claim with the owner's insurance. Effectively pursuing a case after a dog attack can be complicated, and it's best to handle the matter with the help of a knowledgeable attorney.
At Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly, we have over 70 years of combined legal experience and have helped past clients through complex personal injury matters. Our Cleveland dog bite lawyers are ready to help you through your case. We provide compassionate guidance and, with 24/7 availability, will be there when you need us. At our firm, you won't be treated like a number and passed off to a paralegal. One of our attorneys will work directly with you and stand by your side every step of the way. We care about the outcome of your case and can fight hard toward recovering just compensation on your behalf, allowing you to move forward with your life.
What Is Strict Liability?
If you suffered a dog bite, the owner, harborer, or keeper of the animal may be legally liable for damages arising from the attack. This applies whether or not the person responsible for the animal was negligent at the time of the incident.
When pursuing a claim under the strict liability law, you must prove that:
- The person you are taking action against was the owner of the dog or was responsible for it at the time of the attack; and
- You suffered injuries as a result of the dog bite.
The strict liability law does not apply if you were:
- Committing or attempting to commit a crime on the property;
- Committing or attempting to commit a crime against a person; or
- Teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog before it bit you.
At Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly, our dog bite injury lawyers will do all the legwork for you. We can determine who was responsible for the animal and where to file your claim.
What Is Negligence?
To pursue a claim under the negligence doctrine, you must prove that the dog bite occurred because the owner, keeper, or harborer did not extend the same level of care a reasonable person would have under circumstances similar to those leading to the attack.
You can seek compensation on the grounds of negligence if:
- The dog had bitten or attempted to bite in the past; and
- The person responsible for the animal knew it was dangerous
Should your case be pursued under the negligence law, our team can thoroughly investigate the matter to develop a compelling legal strategy on your behalf.
What Defenses Might the Dog Owner Raise?
It's likely that when you claim another person's dog bit you, the owner and their insurance company will fight hard to challenge your accusations.
Some of the arguments they may raise include, but are not limited to:
- You provoked the attack
- You were unlawfully on their property
- You were committing or trying to commit a crime on the property or against another person
Pushing back against the dog owner's assertions can be difficult when you're trying to recover from your injury. Our Cleveland dog bite attorneys are skilled negotiators and practiced litigators. We know how to effectively challenge claims made against our clients, and we can review every detail of your case to uncover the truth.
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Taking legal action against a dog owner after an attack is necessary to seek the financial recovery you need to treat your injuries. At Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly, we can do everything it takes to work toward obtaining a just result on your behalf.
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