Frequently Asked Questions For Ohio Personal Injury Claims

If you are looking for answers to basic questions about your Ohio injury claim, this part of the Miraldi & Barrett web site is devoted to providing thorough answers to those questions.  Whether you were injured in a car crash, by a defective product, or a vicious dog, these questions are answered here.  If the injuries involve the spine, a serious fracture, paralysis or relate to the death of a family member, this section will answer your questions.  If you do not find the answers to your questions here, please call us at 1-800-589-3023.

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  • Are punitive damages available in Ohio dog bite cases?

    Punitive damages can be recovered in an Ohio animal and dog bite case. Punitive damages are extra damages awarded to punish the owner of the dog. There are two types of damages that are available in Ohio - compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are damages awarded for medical bills, lost wages, pain, mental anguish, and permanent disfigurement. Punitive damages are extra damages awarded to punish the defendant.

    In Ohio, punitive damages can be awarded against the owner of a dog if the dog had vicious tendencies, the owner knew of the vicious tendencies, and the owner was negligent in keeping the dog, controlling the dog, or failing to warn about the dog. You must also prove that the dog owner intended to have the dog injure you or just had complete indifference to your safety.

  • My neighbor's dog bit me while I was visiting and now he won't pay for my treatment? Do I have a case?

    As long as you were not teasing or tormenting the dog at the time of the dog bite, your neighbor is responsible for your medical bills and other harms and losses, including pain, discomfort, and permanent scarring. If you want more information, please click here.