Harrisburg Dog Bite Lawyers
Each day, more than 12,000 people in the United States are bitten by a dog. One in five dog bites lead to an infection.
When you or a loved one suffer the physical and mental effects of a dog bite, you deserve justice. Talking to a dog bite lawyer at Schmidt Kramer is an important step to take when dealing with the aftermath of a dog bite.
A dog bite lawsuit can be complicated, speaking to an experienced attorney at Schmidt Kramer can help you determine if you are eligible for compensation.
Pennsylvania Dog Bite Laws
Pennsylvania dog bite laws cover two potential scenarios. Common law permits a victim to recover compensation if the dog previously bit another person.
If the dog has not bitten someone before, the state’s law offers two remedies. If the dog bite injuries are a severe injury, ones that result in broken bones or disfigurement, the victim may make a claim against the dog bite owner, so long as they can prove the dog inflicted a severe injury without being provoked.
If the injuries are not considered severe, the victim can still make a claim against the pet owner, but may only recover medical expenses. In this case, the victim must only prove that the defendant was the owner of the dog.
Other Potentially Liable Parties
If you are the victim of a dog bite, dog owners are not the only people who may be held responsible for the dog’s actions. The following include some people who may also be liable:
- Landlords – If the landlord knew a tenant owned a dangerous animal
- Parents of minors – If the dog is owned by a person under the age of 18
- Property owners – If a property owner allowed the dog on his or her property
- Animal keepers – Anyone who is involved in the care of the animal, like dog watchers, kennels or a pound
Types of Dog Bite Injuries
Some common types of injuries victims of dog bites suffer include:
- Puncture wounds
- Nerve damage
- Facial and body scarring
Children and the elderly are the most susceptible to becoming victims of dog bites, they are also most likely to suffer serious, life-changing injuries.
Steps to Take After a Dog Bite
If you are bitten by a dog, you should immediately seek medical attention. After receiving medical treatment, speak to a dog bite lawyer who is knowledgeable and experienced in these types of claims and can assess if you can recover damages.
Your attorney may ask you for details regarding the dog bite injury, as well as information like the name and phone number of the dog’s owner. Witnesses’ contact information is also helpful.
Schedule Your Free Dog Bite Lawsuit Consultation
Have you or a loved one suffered from a dog bite injury? If so, contact the law firm of Schmidt Kramer. We have obtained millions in favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of personal injury victims in Pennsylvania.