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Summer, animal bites and premises liability in Ohio

Animals can attack any time of the year, but summer seems to be the primary season for accidents involving animals. Like humans, animals come out of hiding in the summer months, increasing the risk of bites to Ohio residents. Whether it is dogs, cats or other critters, it is wise to be cautious around animals you do not know.

In the interest of keeping you informed should you or a loved one suffer an animal bite, we want to give you a few informational points about animal bites and premises liability. We hope this will help you make better legal decisions when seeking compensation.

Bites on your property: Obviously, premises liability is not applicable. However, you may still be able to take action against the animal owner. It is wise to take your evidence to an attorney for advice.

Bites at another person’s private residence: Unless you were trespassing, you may have a premises liability claim. When a person invites you onto their property, they have a duty to take reasonable measures to keep you safe from injury.

Bites while working: In most cases, you would be able to file a workers’ compensation claim and receive compensation. We also urge you to speak with a personal injury lawyer to help you determine if you can file a premises liability claim against the animal’s owner as well.

We hope you enjoy a long, warm Ohio summer and remain free of any personal injury. You can find additional information about animal bites and premises liability in our legal blog and on our firm’s website.

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