Ohio Dog Bites
Ohio Revised Code 955.28 relates to dog bites and is different than the common law. Under Ohio law, the owner, harborer, or keeper is almost always liable for injuries caused by their dog due to the theory of strict liability. When a person owns, keeps, harbors or cares for a dog, and the dog bites another person, they are liable for the injuries sustained from the dog bite. It does not matter if the owner or person in control knew the dog was outside, beyond its fence, or off its leash when it should have been inside or contained. Under Ohio law, an injured person may also seek a Negligence or Gross Negligence Claim against the owner, harborer, or keeper of a dog that bites another.