When we think of dog bite injuries, most of the time a small puncture wound or the typical bite mark pattern on an arm or leg comes to mind. However, there are many dog breeds that have sharp teeth and strong jaws that have the potential to cause serious problems. 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. If you were bitten by a dog and were seriously injured, Philadelphia dog bite attorney from our firm will 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 Kwartler Manus, LLC at (267) 457-5570 for a free consultation on your case! Our team of dog bite attorneys is eager to help you.
Almost all dog bites are causes of serious discomfort and more times than not, are the grounds for a lengthy recovery time and costly medical bills.
The following is a list of some of the more serious injuries that are caused by dog bites:
As is the case in any dog bite 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.
Be sure to visit to your doctor to assess the injury. Not only will you have a record of your injury (which will be helpful if you pursue a claim), but your injury needs to be checked because dogs’ mouths contain a ton of bacteria. Even a small bite can lead to serious infection or disease. If left untreated, it could be fatal.
Get in touch with the police after getting your injuries attended to. 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.
If you believe your injuries were due to the fault of a negligent dog owner, contact Kwartler Manus, LLC. You deserve compensation, especially if you have been emotionally affected by the incident, have severe injuries that require medical treatment (ongoing or not), or if you have missed work due to needing time to heal from the dog bite!
Our personal injury firm offers a free initial consultation and we can determine if you have a case. Our skilled Philadelphia dog bite lawyers are backed by decades of experience and you can be assured that your case is in good hands — in fact, we have recovered millions for our clients. Reach out to our firm today.
Pennsylvania a “strict liability” state, meaning that dog owners can be held liable for any injuries their dogs cause even if the dog has no history of aggression.
Generally, dog owners in Pennsylvania only have two defenses to dog bite claims:
A dog is considered a “dangerous dog” in Pennsylvania if:
Time is of the essence when contacting a Philadelphia dog bite attorney at Kwartler Manus, LLC. 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. The dog’s history of aggression may come into play as well, though it is not always a necessary factor in procuring compensation.
To determine liability, our dog bite attorneys may need to prove:
We are proud to offer our clients 30+ years of combined legal experience. Call our dog bite lawyers at (267) 457-5570 today to get started with a free consultation.