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DOG BITE ATTACKS AND AN OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITY

According to statistics, nearly five million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. On average, 16% (one of six) of all dog bite victims seek medical attention for their injuries. If you have been attacked and bitten by a dog, you may be wondering if you need to contact a lawyer, or if you even have a case.

The experienced personal injury lawyers at the Pittsburgh law firm of Rosen Louik & Perry can help. During our free evaluation of your case, we can examine all the details of the dog attack. In deciding whether your claim is worth pursuing, Rosen Louik & Perry will consider some of the following factors:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • The medical expenses incurred, as well as any future medical expenses
  • Any scarring or disfigurement resulting from the dog bite attack
  • Lost income from work due to your injuries

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DOG’S OWNER

In Pennsylvania, owners are legally responsible for the behavior of their dogs. In most dog bite cases, the dog’s owner is required to pay all medical bills and lost wages associated with a dog attack. If the dog’s owner has homeowner’s insurance, that insurance most often will pay for injuries sustained when a dog attacks and bites someone. Dog attacks account for nearly 33% of all homeowner’s liability claims yearly.

PENNSYLVANIA DOG LAW

Confinement of Dogs Statute

Pennsylvania’s Dog Law requires owners and keepers to have reasonable control over their dogs at all times. The law also requires owners to confine their dogs on their premises, and to restrain their dogs with a collar, chain, or other device to prevent straying. Dog bite victims who prove that the dog’s owner violated Pennsylvania’s confinement statute may recover under a theory of negligence per se.

COMMON LAW LIABILITY

In order to recover damages under Pennsylvania’s common law, the injured person must show that the dog’s owner was negligent and that the negligence caused the injuries.

At Rosen Louik & Perry, our personal injury lawyers have successfully represented individuals who have sustained permanent scarring and other serious injuries from being bitten or attacked by a dog. If you have been injured or attacked by a dog in Pittsburgh, PA, or the surrounding areas, or if you know someone who has been bitten by a dog, please contact Rosen Louik & Perry to set up your FREE, no obligation consult.

Resources:
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Dogbitelaw.com
Dogexpert.com