Q: Bit by dog at work, owner never filed report to police. Been 6 days and no vaccination records even. Should I sue?
Bite happened on the job. They didn’t think I needed to go to the hospital so I took myself the next morning for tetanus shot and got antibiotics. Work didn’t even contact the owner for 3 days to discuss attack. Been over 6 days and I have no vaccination records, no doctor bills paid and am more frustrated than anything. Reported the incident myself to the police when it was their responsibility to do so. Should I sue my employer for their lack of action?
A: You pose a very interesting question. The claims against your employer would be limited to workers' compensation. You can open a claim on the Ohio BWC website. However, the owner, keeper and/or harborer of the dog has strict liability. The only defenses are teasing and tormenting the dog or criminal trespass. If the people responsible for the dog have insurance or assets to collect upon, it is worth your while to consult with a dog bite attorney.
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