Q 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.