Dog Bites

Dog Bite Lawyers in Philadelphia

Helping Families Find Peace of Mind Following an Animal Attack

Dog bite injuries can be extremely traumatizing, both physically and emotionally, and can even result in fatalities. According to the CDC, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the US each year, with children between the ages of 5 and 9 as the most frequent victims. Our Philadelphia dog bite injury attorneys work tirelessly to aid you and your family in recovering the money you need for medical bills as well as the compensation you deserve. We fight… We win!

Contact us for a free consultation on your case! Our team is eager to help you.

What to Do Following a Dog Bite

As is the case in any personal injury accident, seeking medical attention is the first priority. First, make sure to get to a safe place and wash the wounds with soap and water. Use antibiotic cream and cover with a bandage if it is a minor wound. For a deep wound, apply pressure with a sanitary dry cloth and go to the emergency room. If you feel faint or woozy, call 911 for an ambulance. Even a small bite can lead to infection or disease.

After receiving the necessary medical attention, it is important for you to contact the police. It may be possible that the animal has a history of aggression, and the police may already be investigating the owner for negligence. Even if this is the animal’s first attack, the police must be notified to file a report to protect potential future victims. Additionally, the police may find that the owner has not followed certain animal laws that led to the dog bite and deem it necessary to prosecute the owner.

Finally, animal control should be notified to quarantine the animal if necessary. Your local animal control agency may also determine it appropriate to conduct their own investigation as well.

Dog Bite Laws in Pennsylvania

Dog bite cases in Pennsylvania deal with both state statutes and case law. Pennsylvania is considered to be a "strict liability" state, meaning that dog owners can be held liable for any injuries their dogs cause without provocation even if the dog has no history of aggression. Generally speaking, dog owners in Pennsylvania only have two defenses to dog bite claims: 1) that the dog was provoked, or 2) that the injured party was trespassing.

A dog is considered a "dangerous dog" in Pennsylvania if:

  • The dog has injured a person without provocation
  • The dog has killed or injured a domestic animal without provocation off the owner's property
  • The dog has attacked a human without provocation
  • The dog was used to commit a crime

Working to Build a Strong Case

Time is of the essence when contacting your Kwartler Manus, LLC lawyer. If you wait too long after the attack, we may no longer be able to file a claim. In Pennsylvania, all personal injury cases, including dog bite claims, must be filed within two years of the date of the injury. It will be helpful to your case to document everything that you can. Take pictures of the scene and the wounds, and write down everything you remember that happened. Collecting the contact information of any witnesses can also be extremely helpful.

To determine liability, our personal injury attorneys may need to prove:

  • You had a lawful right to be on the premise
  • The attack was not provoked
  • The severity of the injury
  • The defendant is truly the dog’s owner

The dog’s history of aggression may come into play as well, though it is not always a necessary factor in procuring compensation.

We are proud to offer our clients 30+ years of combined legal experience. Call our Philadelphia dog bite lawyers at (267) 214-8608 today to get started with a free consultation.

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    - Local Physician
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