DoIf you were bitten by a dog, contact a dog bite lawyer at Munley Law for a free consultation.
If you or a loved one have suffered a dog bite, you should seek the help of an attorney who has the experience and credentials to get you the justice you deserve. The dog bite lawyers at Munley Law are experienced and dedicated representatives of dog bite victims. Any type of animal attack can be devastating. Often, the victim of a dog bite will have both physical and emotional scarring. This is where our experienced dog attack attorneys can help. Our dog bite lawyers are ready to answer any questions you may have about your dog attack, and we offer FREE case evaluations. We are among the Best Lawyers in America and we have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. If you want a dog bite lawyer in Pennsylvania who will fight for you, then you want Munley Law. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.
Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies cover dog bite injury damages, so let us help you recover the damages you deserve for your scarring, pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages from your dog bite injury.
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Pennsylvania Dog Bite Law
Most states have laws that make dog owners strictly liable for all dog bites, which means that if a dog bites you, its owner is automatically responsible. However, some states, including Pennsylvania, require the injured victim to show the dog’s viciousness or the dog owner’s negligence.
In Pennsylvania, the injured party must show that the dog owner made some kind of mistake, such as:
- failing to keep a dog restrained
- failing to warn others of a dog’s known dangerous propensity or aggressive disposition
- or failing to keep a dog known to be dangerous away from others.
Every state holds dog owners who knew of a dog’s tendency to bite without provocation responsible. Of course, in most states, where strict liability is the law, proving the dog’s history of biting is not necessary.
Proving Liability in Dog Bite Cases
The “one bite rule” and “first bite free rule” are deceptive terms. Pennsylvania law does not require an actual dog “bite.” Victims who can show that the dog owner knew that the biting dog was previously aggressive and potentially dangerous can recover.
The dog bite victim must prove the dog owner’s negligence. This means that the dog owner disregarded some information (such as previous attacks or aggressive behavior) that could have prevented the bite. Pennsylvania courts are unlikely to hold the dog’s owner liable for (1) properly restrained and (2) previously docile dogs.
Under Pennsylvania’s leash law, dogs must be under proper and adequate control. This means that dogs must be kept on its owner’s property, kept on a leash, or be under the control of its owner or a third party. Violation of the leash law can result in owner liability for a dog attack if it is shown that the leash law violation was unexcused and that the violation lead to the dog attack.
If an irresponsible dog owner’s negligence played a part in your injury, then he or she should be held responsible. Dog bite victims must file their lawsuits within 2 years of the attack. Minor victims must file their lawsuits within two years of turning 18.
FAQs and Answers from Pennsylvania’s Premier Dog Bite Lawyers at Munley Law
Q: Are dog bite cases common in Pennsylvania?
More than 52,000,000 dogs live in the United States. 1 in 3 American homes owns a dog as a pet. Based on those numbers, the danger of dog bites is not surprising. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 800,000 dog bites require medical attention each year. According to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh‘s Dog Attack Facts & Figures, that means there are 2,400 dog attacks every day, 100 each hour, or one every 36 seconds.
Q: Who are the most common dog bite victims?
Over half of dog bite victims are children. Additionally, children suffer greater injuries than adults when a dog bites them. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh reports that only 12% of adults need medical treatment. In contrast, 26% of bitten children must seek immediate medical care. Most dog bite incidents occur at the victim’s home or the victim’s friend’s home. In fact, 77% dog bite victims own the biting dog.
Q: Which dog bite lawyer in Pennsylvania should I choose to represent me?
Munley Law is the best Pennsylvania law firm for dog bite injuries.
In the event of a dog bite, the physical and emotional damage can be devastating. An experienced dog bite lawyer in Pennsylvania at Munley Law will answer your questions, guide you through the legal process, and work to get you the compensation you are owed. Call us today to get a free evaluation of your case at (855) 866-5529, or fill out our easy to use contact form. Someone from our firm will be available to chat or answer your call 24/7. We have offices in Philadelphia, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh and many more.