Millions of dog owners around the country enjoy the perks of having the companionship of a dog. Their unconditional love is what makes them such great pets. But, with nearly 800,000 individuals requiring medical treatment annually for bites, dog attacks are a serious threat. In a majority of cases, the owner of the dog bears responsibility; however, there are some instances where this may not be the case. As attorneys who represent individuals who have been attacked by dogs in Philadelphia, we understand how to determine who is liable for an attack.
Determining Factors for Liability in a Dog Attack Case:
- The owner knew the dog was capable of causing a severe dog bite. The injured party must prove that the owner knew the dog posed a serious threat.
- Dog bite statutes can hold owners responsible for almost any type of dog attack, regardless if the owner had any prior knowledge of a dog’s aggressive nature. For example, the dog bite statute in Pennsylvania ensures that the injured person’s medical bills are taken care of by the dog owner.
- The carelessness of the dog owner led to the dog attack.
However, it is important to note that in addition to the owner, other individuals or entities could be found negligent for a dog attack. Discussing your specific experience with an attorney will allow them to help you understand who to hold accountable.
If you have been attacked by a dog in Philadelphia, contact legal counsel immediately. An experienced attorney can help you understand how to determine who is negligent and help you obtain money for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering. To learn more, call us today to set up a free consultation: 888-807-9675.