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Postal Workers and Other Workers Harmed by Dog Bites Have Two Claims

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013


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Postal workers and other employees bitten or harmed by dogs have two claims. One is against the owner, harborer or keeper of  the dog and the other is a workers compensation claim.  There is an overlap in the damages. The employer or the Ohio Workers compensation system or Federal compensation system generally has to be paid back, but it may be at a reduced or negotiated rate.


The Advantage of Filing Both Dog Injury Claims

There is an advantage to filing both claims even if there has to be a pay back for the workers compensation claim. The workers compensation system in Ohio and Federally gives very little compensation, if any, for pain and suffering and disfigurement. So while workers compensation will normally cover your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages it may not cover all your wages either.

So there is a benefit from accessing both systems. Even after hiring a lawyer chances are you will come out ahead if the dog harm was serious. The workers compensation system factors in attorney’s fees and expenses when a payback is required. The Ohio formula for payback is somewhat complicated if you are not familiar with it. See http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4123.931


How to Make a Dog Harm Claim in Ohio

It is critical to get the authorities involved if you are harmed by a dog. I say dog harm because recompense is not limited to a canine bite. For instance if the dog causes you to be tripped or knocked down and cause an injury other than a bite,  the Ohio dog bite statute covers that type of harm. Ohio Dog Harm Statute

Dog bites to postal workers are more frequent than many realize. In 2012 close to 6000 postal workers were bitten by dogs. Other employees such as federal express and UPS and gas and electric and cable workers are also at risk. These workers all have in common that they work in neighborhoods and are near or in homes where dogs are not properly restrained or controlled by their owners.


Video of What To Do If  Harmed by A Dog



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Cincinnati Dog Bite Mauling Kills Owner

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

It was reported today in the Cincinnati Enquirer that a Cincinnati man was bitten and mauled by his own  dog and killed. Ronnel Brown was killed by his own Alapha blue blood bulldog that weighed 90 pounds.

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According to reports, Brown called 911 saying he’d been attacked by his dog. When help arrived he was found dead. The dog had to be shot by police as it was acting aggressively towards emergency personnel trying to enter the apartment to give aid. No one had any answers why an apparently healthy dog , without signs of abuse would attack its owner.

The breed is described as tenacious, elegant, aloof, independent yet loyal. This underscores how dangerous dog bites and dog attacks can be.


Defending yourself or preventing a dog attack can be difficult. Many expert’s tell you not to run or make eye contact with the dog.  My philosophy is get out of harms way. Do not allow your children to pet a stray dog and if you see a dog running in you neighborhod call the county dog warden.


If you are attacked by a dog stand tall and try to kick it in the face. Climbing up on a car or in a tree can get you out of harms way. As a Cincinnati dog bite attorney I once had a client in a fight for her life with a German shepherd. Luckily she was able to roll to safety as the dog was actually tethered , but attacked her on the sidewalk. However her arm was horribly injured. I was able to get her significant compensation for her injuries.

If someone else’s dog bites, attacks or injures you in any way in Ohio, this is generally a compensable injury. The person’s homeowners insurance could be a source of payment.


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Ohio Pit Bull Law Change Misguided and Dangerous by Cincinnati Dog Bite Lawyer

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

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The recent change in Ohio law stating that pit bulls are not specifically designated as viscous dogs is a dangerous precedent. It means at minimum, that people bitten by pit bulls will likely go uncompensated. Under the old law pit bull owners were required to have insurance on their pit bull dog. This is no longer  the case.

So now if you are bitten by a pit bull in Ohio, the owner if they do not have homeowners or renters insurance, will likely not have insurance to cover your injuries from their dog. Plus the laws on vicious dogs are more stringent on how they must be kept. It’s hard to understand why the change has been made other than what I saw in my research in reference that kennels were having hard times finding homes for pitbulls. Maybe it was because they are so damn dangerous.

The change in the law comes in the wake of a child apparently being killed when a pit bull bit its head. This occurred in Northern Ohio. This is not an isolated case. Some people commented don’t leave your dog alone with a child, that’s the real problem.  That’s just misguided. Don’t leave you child alone near a dog for sure, but also don’t own this dangerous dog with jaws so strong it’s commonly bread to be a fighter. I can not stand to hear that a child or anyone for that matter has been bitten by a dog. There are terrible injuries the dog bites make. Take a look at this picture of an arm bitten by a dog. It’s a horrible reminder of the type of  damage that a dog bite can cause.

Protect yourself at all times and do not put your face near a dog. The bigger the dog the more likely the more severe will be the injury from the bite. Remember dog bite law in Ohio protects you if you are injured by the dog from a bite or otherwise. If you or your child is bitten get in touch with a dog bite lawyer so your claim can be fully investigated and the owner, harborer or keeper of the dog be determined. Then insurance coverage needs to be found. you always want the dog warden involved to document the ownership of the dog and that the dog is not diseased.

Anthony Castelli attorney is a Cincinati Ohio dog bite lawyer that has handled multiple dog bite claims as well as other serious personal injuries. .You can contact him for a free no obligation consult at 513-621-2345





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