Ohio Supreme Court Changes Dog Bite Cases

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Image courtesy of eigum.

Image courtesy of eigum.

Happy new year to all. There’s been a short hiatus here at Legal News for the holidays, but we should be back in the swing of things. So let’s just dive right in.

On the personal injury front, dog bite cases in Ohio may be seeing a major change in the future. Today, the Ohio Supreme Court decided in a 5-2 ruling to change the way these cases work. Where before, dog bite victims could sue only under the dog bite law, they can now extend the same suit to include charges of general negligence. This greatly increases the amount of damages that can be awarded in these cases.

While this can look like the effect of sue happy people getting their way, you have to look at the other side of the coin as well. This decision comes in the wake of a dog bite case in which a 12 year old girl was mauled by a dog and ended up with head injuries. The damages in the case were capped at $5,000, all of which she was awarded for her medical bills. However, when injured that badly, medical bills are very likely to exceed that amount.

What we have to wonder here is: will the increased charges be used, at least for the most part, for situations like this one, or will this ruling be heavily abused? Obviously there is room for proper use of this ruling, but without the right checks and balances it seems like it could easily be overused.

If you want to know a little more about the subject at hand, check out this dog bite lawyer website. There’s some pretty good information on there about the effects of a dog attack.

I suppose that with the ruling already made, all we have to do is stand by and watch what happens with dog bite cases across Ohio. Give it a few years, and we’ll see how well the ruling works, and, more importantly, how much effort it will take to fix any loopholes. As always, let me know what you think about this in the comments section.

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