The last thing that most people think about when they are around a dog is that they will get bitten. However, dog bites are a common occurrence in the US, and they can lead to severe injuries. One of the main questions people ask after a dog bite injury is – Am I entitled to compensation?
If a dog owner’s actions lead to a dog bite injury, victims should be entitled to compensation. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, our Allentown dog bite attorneys are ready to help you secure the money you need to get through this.
There are approximately 90 million dogs as pets in US households, making them one of the most popular pets in the country. With that many dogs, it should not be surprising that approximately 4.5 million people are bitten each year. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that around one in every five dog bite victims requires medical attention, and some of these victims suffer severe injuries.
It is not uncommon for our Allentown dog to bite injury lawyers to help dog bite injury victims suffering from the following:
While anyone is at risk of serious injury from a dog bite, we know that more than half of all dog bite victims are children. Smaller children simply cannot defend themselves or get away from a dog bite situation easily.
Understanding who is liable for a dog bite injury can be confusing, particularly when it comes to determining what kind of compensation a person is entitled to. In Pennsylvania, a person injured due to a dog bite injury can recover compensation for their medical expenses anytime a person’s dog bites or attacks them, even if the dog does not have a history of being aggressive or the owner was not negligent.
However, this does not mean the dog’s owner is liable for any other expenses, like pain and suffering damages. To recover these damages, a person will generally have to file a personal injury lawsuit against the dog owner and prove that they:
Courts will usually hold a dog owner liable id they violated state laws requiring dogs to be restrained at all times.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a dog bite injury that was caused by the careless or negligent actions of a dog’s owner, please seek legal assistance. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to, including: