Philadelphia Dog Bite Injury Lawyers
Dogs can be perfect companions and dutiful guardians of your home and family. However, they are also animals that act on instinct, making their behavior unpredictable at times. If you were injured by a dog bite, our qualified injury lawyers can help you pursue the compensation you deserve from the animal’s owner.
To begin building your case, please call Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller today at 215-569-0900 to schedule a consultation with one of our Philadelphia dog bite injury lawyers.
What Does the Law Say about Dog Bites?
According to Pennsylvania statute, dog owners are responsible for their pets’ conduct. This is called a strict liability standard, and it applies whether or not the canine has exhibited any previous tendency to bite.
Legally, dog owners have to take precautions like the following to reduce the likelihood of an attack:
- Dogs must be confined to the owner’s property
- The dog must be securely kept on the premises to curb straying
- Owners must keep their dog under “reasonable control” using a leash and/or other safety equipment
If you were on public property or legally entered private property and didn’t provoke the dog that bit you, you might be entitled to damages for the injuries you sustained in the attack.
How Much Is My Dog Bite Case Worth?
Pennsylvania law only covers dog bite injuries, rather than all types of injuries caused by a dog (such as a fall caused by a large dog jumping on the victim). However, dog bites by themselves can be serious and traumatic, commonly resulting in:
- Deep puncture wounds; bites to the hands, fingers, or face can be especially dangerous
- Broken bones
- Damage to tissue and internal organs
- Mental and emotional distress
The first step you should take after being bitten by a dog is to seek medical addition. In addition to emergency treatment, sutures, and other measures, you might require shots to prevent rabies or tetanus.
After you’ve started recovery, our lawyers can begin investigating the attack and building a strong case on your behalf. Though every dog bite case is different, you might be entitled to damages such as:
- Medical bills and future treatment expenses (potentially including plastic surgery if the bite led to disfigurement)
- Lost income, if you missed work while undergoing diagnosis or treatment for your injuries
- Pain and suffering
Children are commonly the victim of dog bites when left unattended with the animal. If your child sustained injuries from a dog bite, our lawyers can pursue legal action against the owner.
To learn more about dog bite claims, please contact Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller or call 215-569-0900 today to schedule your free consultation. Our lawyers serve clients in or around Allentown and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.