Legal Steps to Take When Bitten By a Dog

Nearly every year about 4 million people in the United States are bitten or attacked by a dog. This kind of case falls under the tort law category, which covers personal injury law. Ohio dog bite laws can become complicated depending on state, county and city, regulations and laws. So, you’ll want to consult with an attorney regarding the facts of the case and possible recourse. If you or a … [Read more...]

Avoid injury (and legal liability): train your dog to bite gently!

Does your puppy chew up everything in sight? Does it mouth you playfully, or make a mess of your newspaper, footwear, favorite pair of jeans, or any other object within its reach? This behavior is not unique to your puppy—it’s a stage that every puppy goes through. There are two reasons for puppies’ mouthy behavior: Just as babies explore the world with their hands, puppies explore their … [Read more...]

What to do if your dog is banned from your homeowner insurance policy

If you think regular trips to the vet are getting expensive, you may be even more surprised to find out your dog is blacklisted by your homeowner’s insurance company. This is the pooch who doesn’t even bark when a stranger comes to the door and yet the policy may refer to your beloved canine as an “excluded” or “prohibited breed,” an “aggressive dog” or a “dangerous dog.” How is this … [Read more...]

Contact The Authorities About Most Dog Bite Incidents

Should a person call the police after being attacked by a dog? Yes, unless the bite has caused very superficial damage which can be treated by simple first aid. Depending on the circumstances, it can still be a good idea to report the incident within 24 hours to local animal officials as you may not be the first person the dog has bitten and the owner may need to be informed about the dog’s … [Read more...]

The Role of the Ohio Department of Health in a Dog Bite

If you or a loved one is bitten by a dog or other animal, domestic or wild, one of the first things you should do after seeking immediate medical treatment is to notify all local agencies involved in monitoring these types of emergencies—mainly your local police department, your county dog warden and your local health department. Police Department notification is particularly important if the … [Read more...]

Many types of bacteria spread by dogs hurt humans

There is no doubt that if you or a member of your family is bitten by a dog, it’s something to take very seriously. Infection occurs in about 10 to 15 percent of dog bites, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and in about 50 percent of cat bites. Animal bites are polymicrobial which means multiple species of bacteria are present. Tetanus and rabies are some of the most serious, … [Read more...]

10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds in Ohio (2018 Update)

Every year, dog bites send approximately 316,200 victims to hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers. Dogs are often labeled “man’s best friend,” thanks in large part to thousands of years of evolution in which they helped us hunt and acted as our companions. While dogs are largely domesticated today as pets, it’s important to remember that certain dog breeds can be more aggressive … [Read more...]

Ohio Lawyer Jim Slater on a Mission to Help Kids Avoid Dog Bites

National Dog Bite Prevention Week® takes place every April. The purpose of this annual event is to increase education and awareness for preventing dog bites. This year, the event ran from April 8th through 14th. In 2015, Akron, Ohio attorney Jim Slater developed a Dog Bite Prevention Program specifically for children. The program consists of a fun animated video with a memorable musical jingle … [Read more...]

Do Not Ignore Your Tetanus Shot After a Dog Bite in Ohio

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 4.5 million dog bites incidents occur annually in the US. About 885,000 people seek medical help for dog bites every year. Out of these individuals, about 3 to 18 percent contract infections like tetanus. Compared to the past, the incidence of tetanus infections has now been reduced in the United States and many other advanced countries … [Read more...]

Do Dogs Smell Your Fear And How To Overcome The Fear Of Dogs?

There is an old proverb that says that dogs can smell our fear. But is this true? What is it that dogs see when they look at a scared and nervous human? Do they get a whiff of your terror, and if yes, will it have an impact on their behavior toward you? Does the fear of dogs increase or decrease your chances of being bitten? Such questions have likely baffled mankind from the time the first … [Read more...]

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