If you or someone you love was seriously injured or disfigured by a dog bite, hiring an experienced dog bite lawyer can be an important step in the recovery process. Dog bite victims that hire a lawyer to handle their claim recover more compensation compared to those that do not have legal representation.
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At Schmidt Kramer, our award winning attorneys have many years of experience handling injury cases and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients.
It’s free to talk to a lawyer at our firm to determine if you have a case and there are no upfront fees if you decide to hire us.
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Compensation For Dog Bite Victims
When medical expenses begin to mount, injury victims may begin to think about filing a damages lawsuit – and the potential financial recovery that may be available.
It’s important to note that every dog bite case is different and it can be difficult to determine the potential value of a case without knowing the details for your specific incident.
However, we have handled many injury cases for clients throughout Pennsylvania and if you have legal questions about your potential lawsuit, we can help to provide the answers. We offer a free, initial consultation to talk to a lawyer at our firm and we only get paid when we obtain a recovery on your behalf.
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Liability for Dog Bites in Pennsylvania
The state of Pennsylvania follows strict liability rules when it comes to dog ownership. Dog owners are held liable for every single injury their dogs inflict on other individuals. It does not matter whether the dog was known to be dangerous or was appropriately restrained at the time of the attack. The dog owner could still be held responsible.
The only exceptions to the rule are if an individual trespasses on property and gets bitten as a result or if the individual intentionally provoked the dog.
What is a Dangerous Dog?
While our York dog bite attorneys can build a case with the theory of strict liability, we can also use Pennsylvania’s dangerous dog bite law to pursue compensation. According to Pennsylvania law, a dangerous dog is one that:
- Killed or severely injured another domestic animal
- Severely injured an individual with provocation
- Attacked an individual without being provoked
- Was used in the commission of a crime
The dog must also have either of the following:
- History of attacking individuals or other animals without provocation
- Inclination to attack individuals or other animals without provocation
What Are the Responsibilities for Dangerous Dog Owners?
If an owner’s dog has been labeled as dangerous, he or she has certain responsibilities, including:
- Registering the dog as dangerous with the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement
- Notifying the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, the State Dog Warden and the local police authorities within 24 hours if the dog has attacked an individual or another animal, gone missing, been sold or donated, or died
- Maintaining a minimum liability insurance coverage of $50,000 to pay for any injuries the dog may inflict on an individual or another animal
- Obtaining a fence or suitable enclosure for the dog
- Labeling the property as housing a dangerous dog by displaying a warning sign
- Restraining or muzzling the dog at all times when the owner is not home
If a dog has attacked you, get legal assistance from our dog bite injury attorneys in York who understand Pennsylvania law and will help fight for your rights to pursue the compensation you deserve.
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Time Limits on Filing a Dog Bite Claim
Pennsylvania law follows the statute of limitations, a specific time limit on the right to file a lawsuit to recover damages after suffering an injury such as a dog bite.
All personal injury cases, including dog bite cases, must be filed within two years from the date the injury occurred. After two years, you are unable to bring a lawsuit forward.
The attorneys at Schmidt Kramer understand the time limits that apply to your situation. We can help ensure your case is filed before the statute of limitations passes. However, it takes time to build a strong case so you should get in touch with us right away. That will give us the time we need to build a case.
Fill out our Free Case Evaluation form today to have a York dog bite lawyer review your claim.
Steps to Take After a Dog Bite
Being bitten or attacked by a dog can be a scary experience that can happen relatively quickly without warning. While adults are sometimes the victims of dog bites, children are the most common victims of dog bites and more likely to be severely injured by them, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
After a dog bite, you may be unsure about what to do next. Some of the things you can do to protect your health and safety and preserve your claim include:
- Seeking medical attention – Take care of yourself first and get medical treatment immediately for your injuries, even if you think they are minor. Let a doctor identify your injuries, their severity and give you the appropriate treatment to help ensure your recovery.
- Contacting the authorities – Report the dog bite to the police and to your local animal control agency. Be clear and concise when talking to the authorities about the attack. This will help them get a clear understanding of what happened so they can describe things accurately when they write their reports. There are often conflicting stories after an attack, so the more clarity you can provide the better.
- Talking to the dog owner – Obtain his or her contact information, including full name, address and phone number. Research whether the dog is up-to-date on all of his or her shots and try to determine if there is any possibility the dog may have rabies. Getting this information from the dog owner can be a critical piece of evidence during the investigation and help you build a strong case.
- Talking to any witnesses – Obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses present during the attack. Your York dog bite lawyer can contact any witnesses in the future to discuss what they saw and possibly use this information in your case.
- Taking pictures – Photographic evidence can be invaluable evidence of a personal injury. Take pictures of all the injuries you suffered in the attack. You should also be sure to photograph the dog, the location where the dog was kept and anything else in the scene you think is important.
- Taking detailed notes – Write down the time, date and place of the attack. You should also write down other important details, such as whether the dog was tied down or if there was a fence.
- Contacting an attorney – After calling the police and seeking medical attention, contact a skilled York dog bite attorney who will review your case and discuss the legal options available to you.
If you or a loved one was injured because of a dog bite, our knowledgeable dog bite lawyers in York can help determine whether you have a valid personal injury claim.
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Why Do Dogs Bite?
Dogs may bite for a number of reasons. Whether they are male or female, big or small, young or old, any dog can become agitated and aggressive, leading it to bite at any time.
A dog may bite if he or she is:
- Defending territory, belongings or food
- Feeling stressed, startled or scared
- Feeling threatened
- Playing around
- Feeling sick or sore from an injury or illness
If a dog bites you, it can cause a variety of injuries. These injuries can be broken down into two distinct categories: severe and non-severe. The type of injury you suffer affects the types of compensation you can recover in a dog bite personal injury lawsuit.
Severe dog bite injuries include broken bones, lacerations, permanent facial scarring or disfigurement requiring surgery, soft tissue injuries and traumatic brain injuries. If your injuries are considered severe by a doctor, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner to recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages you have suffered.
Non-severe dog bite injuries include cuts and bruises, scratch marks, abrasions and bite or teeth marks. If your injuries are considered non-severe by a doctor, you may still be able to file a lawsuit against the dog owner, but you can only seek damages for medical expenses.
Schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a York dog bite lawyer to discuss your legal options and the kinds of damages you may be entitled to.
Contact a York Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite injury, you may be able to take legal action. It is in your best interest to contact a skilled personal injury attorney who understands what you are going through. You need an attorney who is committed to investigating your case and representing you in a personal injury lawsuit if possible.
The attorneys at Schmidt Kramer have decades of combined experience helping injured victims like yourself and will pursue all legal options available to recover any financial and emotional damages you may have suffered.
Contact our skilled lawyers and schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your claim. There are no fees or upfront costs. You pay nothing unless we help you recover adequate compensation.
We look forward to helping you. Call (717) 888-8888.