In 2022, the American Veterinary Medical Association stated that there are approximately 85 million dogs living in U.S. households. It was also reported that an average of 4.5 million people, most of them children, are bitten by dogs each year.If you have been the victim of a dog attach or if you are a dog owner and have questions about coverage, give Lardiere McNair DiNicola & Stonebrook Ltd., LPA a call.
In Ohio, dog owners are liable for injuries their pets cause. Ohio Law identifies three categories of problematic dogs, based purely on behavior, not breed; these categories are as follows:
Generally, homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies have coverage for dog bites. However, some companies will not provide coverage to individuals who own certain breeds. Others will decide on a case-by-case basis. In Ohio, owners of dogs that have been deemed dangerous are required to carry liability insurance. Obtaining coverage in such cases may be difficult, as dog owners may face higher premiums, non-renewals or even exclusion.
Being a responsible pet owner is, and will always be, the best way to avoid having your dog placed in any of the above categories and struggling with the cost of insurance coverage.
At Lardiere McNair DiNicola & Stonebrook Ltd., LPA, our experienced attorneys can review your policy and assist with determining the appropriate coverage. If, on the other hand, you have been injured as a result of a dog attack, our firm is prepared to advise you with regard to your personal injury claim. Call (614) 534-1355 and schedule a free consultation.
For more information go to: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/pet-owners/dog-bite-prevention
Aline Wright is a Law Clerk at Lardiere McNair DiNicola & Stonebrook, Ltd., LPA. To read more about our firm, please visit lawyerscolumbusohio.com.
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