The last thing anybody thinks about when they start their day is that they will be injured due to a dog bite. However, there are times when the careless or negligent actions of a dog’s owner lead to dangerous situations. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, our Philadelphia dog bite attorneys are ready to help if you or somebody you care about has been harmed due to the negligence of a dog owner. These incidents are more common than most people realize, and we will help to ensure you receive full compensation for what has happened.
With more than 90 million dogs living in US households as pets, it is inevitable that some of them will cause bite injuries. While most dogs do not bite people, there are still approximately 4.5 million people bitten every year by dogs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one out of every five dog bite victims requires medical attention at a hospital or doctor’s office. Other studies indicate that around 1,000 people require emergency medical care for serious dog bite injuries every day.
It is not uncommon for the Philadelphia dog bite lawyers at the Dan Doyle Law Group to help clients who have sustained the following injuries:
In many cases, dog bite victims are significantly disfigured. This is especially true for those who are bitten on the face. Victims often require extensive reconstructive surgery in order to regain mobility and physical appearance after a dog bite.
More than half of all dog bite victims in the US are children. Smaller children are not able to defend themselves or get away from an aggressive dog quickly, often leading to devastating injuries.
In Pennsylvania, a person who is injured due to adult bite is usually able to recover compensation for their medical expenses through the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance or through a personal injury lawsuit against the dog owner. This is the case even if the dog did not have a history of aggression or if the dog owner was not negligent in the incident.
A dog bite victim will not be able to recover pain and suffering damages in these cases unless they file a personal injury lawsuit and prove that the dog has “unmistakably vicious tendencies” and that the dog’s owner failed to properly control the animal.
If you or somebody you care about has been bitten and injured by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. The team at the Dan Doyle Law Group is ready to step in and conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. Our goal is to secure the following: