Dog bite injuries can be quite serious, and sadly, some dog bite attacks turn fatal. If you have been attacked by a dog, you need an Allentown dog bite attorney in your corner to help you recover damages for your injuries.
The dog bite attorney at the Dan Doyle Law Group offers aggressive and experienced legal help for victims of vicious dog bite attacks. Reach out to our seasoned legal team to discuss your injuries and damages and determine the best way forward with your claim. Arrange your consultation by clicking here or calling 215-987-3730. We represent clients in Allentown and surrounding areas.
THE PREVALENCE OF DOG BITE ATTACKS
Dogs are normally docile and gentle, making it easy to see why they have become known as “man’s best friend.” However, even a trusted dog can turn ferocious without warning. And when this happens, serious injuries are almost always the result.
According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, there are roughly 800,000 dog bite injuries in the United States each year that require medical help. Of those, around 334,000 require hospital treatment. That breaks down to 2,400 dog bite attacks each day, 100 per hour, and one dog bite attack every 36 seconds.
Most dog bite attack victims—50 percent of the total number of people bitten by dogs—are children. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that attacks by dogs are seen in greater numbers than the combination of playground injuries, bike accidents, and injuries related to ATVs, skateboards, and mopeds. Older people are also often the target of dangerous dogs.
DOG BITE LAWS
If you or your child have been injured during a dog bite attack, reach out to the Dan Doyle Law Group today. Our team understands the dog bite laws that govern attacks throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Victims of dog bites in the state of Pennsylvania must show that the owner of the dog was negligent or that the dog was vicious in order for a claimant to recover damages.
The owner of the offending dog must have failed in his duty to:
- Keep the dog restrained.
- Warn other people of the dog’s potential to be aggressive or dangerous.
- Keep a dog that is known to be dangerous away from other people.
For a dog bite claim to be successful, it must be shown that the victim:
- Sustained severe injuries from the dog bite attack.
- Was not a trespasser when the attack occurred.
- Did not provoke the dog to bite.
While many states are so-called “strict liability” or “one-bite” states, Pennsylvania dog bite laws are a bit different. A modified one-bite state, Pennsylvania does not require that offending dogs must have attacked in the past. However, it must be proven that the dog in question has aggressive tendencies and that the owner knew or should have known that the dog might harm others.
REACH OUT TO OUR ALLENTOWN DOG BITE ATTORNEY TODAY
Being injured is scary and frustrating. The Dan Doyle Law Group wants to help. Compensable damages in a dog bite case include medical costs, lost income, attorneys’ fees, and property damage. Noneconomic damages may also be recoverable, including awards for pain and suffering. Discuss your case with Dan Doyle Law Group’s Allentown dog bite attorney.
Schedule a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 215-987-3730.