If you or a loved one has 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. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.
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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 responsible. However, some states, including Pennsylvania, require the injured victim to show that the dog was vicious, that the dog’s owner was negligent, or that the dog’s owner caused the bite or attack by violating an animal control law (for example, the dog was not on a leash at the time, therefore violating the state’s leash law).
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.
In every state, a dog owner will be held responsible if he or she knew, before the biting incident, that his or her dog had a tendency to bite people without provocation. 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 because a “bite” is not necessarily required. A victim is entitled to recover if he or she can show that the dog previously exhibited aggressive behavior, and that the dog owner knew (or should have known) that the dog was potentially dangerous.
The dog bite victim must prove that the dog owner was negligent, meaning he or she disregarded some information (such as previous attacks or aggressive behavior) that could have prevented the bite. If a dog is (1) properly restrained and (2) known to be docile up until its first attack, in that narrow and limited instance, the dog’s owner may not be liable.
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. A lawsuit must be filed within two years of the dog’s attack. If the victim is a minor, the lawsuit must be filed within two years of the victim’s eighteenth birthday.
Munley Law is the Best 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 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.