Philadelphia Dog Bite Attorney
Dog attacks are more common than you might think. In fact, millions of people across the United States are treated for dog bite injuries every year. If you, a family member, or your pet has suffered serious injuries in a dog attack, you are entitled to financial compensation. As an experienced personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on representing dog bite victims, I know what you’re going though. I can help you take the owner and insurance companies to task and fight for the compensation you deserve.
The Law on Dog Bites in Pennsylvania
With almost twenty years of experience representing dog bite victims throughout Pennsylvania, I am intimately familiar with the state’s dog laws. One of the most important laws for victims to be aware of is that unless the victim is a minor you only have two years from the date of the attack to assert your claim for damages. This is the “statute of limitations” for dog bite injuries in Pennsylvania.
As long as you contact me in time to file your claim before the statute of limitations expires, I can help you use the laws to your advantage to obtain compensation for your injuries and expenses. The fact is, as the victim of a vicious dog bite, the law is on your side. Did you know:
- With only a few specific exceptions, Pennsylvania law requires owners to maintain control of their dogs at all times.
- The law also requires dangerous dogs to be housed or restrained at all times, and their owners must purchase insurance or post a $50,000 bond in case the dog attacks someone.
- Dog owners can be held liable for negligence if their dogs harm another person or animal. Non-owners (“keepers”) who are supposed to be caring for a dog at the time of an attack can be held responsible along with the owner even if the owner was not present when the attack occurred.
- Owners of dangerous dogs can face criminal charges following a dog attack in Pennsylvania.
Even knowing these basic laws, you still might not be sure if you have a valid dog bite claim. That’s okay – and, once again, you’re not alone. The vast majority of my clients come to me looking for answers. If you’re unsure whether you have a claim, the best thing to do is ask. I can help you understand your situation and walk you through the steps to determine if you might be entitled to money damages.
Financial Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries
As with any type of personal injury, if you have suffered physical, emotional, or financial harm as a result of a dog bite (and the dog bite wasn’t primarily your fault), you are entitled to financial compensation. I have helped numerous individuals throughout Pennsylvania recover money from dog owners, landlords, insurance companies, and other responsible parties. Most cases proceed through insurance, and my staff and I are intimately familiar with all of the nuances of the insurance settlement process. Depending on the facts of your case, I may be able to help you receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses you’ve already incurred
- Future medical expenses (including plastic surgery and prescription costs) to deal with your dog bite injury
- Lost wages if you’ve missed work to heal or seek medical attention
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Humiliation and embarrassment as a result of scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life, companionship, or a sexual relationship with your spouse
Contact Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq. Today
A dog bite shouldn’t ruin your life. In fact, it shouldn’t interfere with your life at all. If you are suffering as a result of a vicious dog attack, I’d like to speak with you. I’ve helped numerous dog bite victims, and I can help you, too. Contact my law office at 1-215-771-0430 (Cell) or 1-800-InjuryLaw (1-800-465-8795) to schedule your free consultation today or fill out my online contact form.
For more information, visit The Dog Bite Law Firm, my website devoted exclusively to dog bite claims.