Pittsburgh Dog Bite Injury Attorney
Every year in the United States, more than five million people are injured by dogs. Over one million of those people require medical attention. Not every dog bite or attack is by a Pit Bull or a dog that is considered dangerous. Dogs from different breeds are responsible for serious injuries to people. In our office, our Pittsburgh personal injury attorney team has seen cases involving almost every breed of dog and can help with your case. If you or loved one was attacked by someone’s pet, contact our experienced Pittsburgh dog bite injury lawyers for a free consultation.
Types of Injuries Caused by Dog Bites
While many dog bites only cause minor injuries, when a bite breaks the skin it has the potential to cause serious, life-altering injuries, including:
- Puncture wounds, lacerations, and abrasions
- Eye, nose, and other face injuries
- Torn ears
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Head and neck injuries
- Scars and disfigurement
Is the Owner Always Liable?
In Pennsylvania and Ohio, dog owners are legally responsible for the behavior of their dogs. A pet owner must keep control of their dog at all times. If a dog was not on a leash, was not properly secured on the owner’s premises, or if the dog owner knew that his or her dog was prone to violence yet didn’t take the proper safety measures, they can be held financially liable. Sometimes, a pet sitter or “keeper” can also be held liable for the actions of a dog in their care.
In Pennsylvania, a dog’s owner is liable for all damages when a person is severely injured, or for any severity of injury if a person is attacked by a dog already designated as dangerous. The state’s dangerous dog law defines what is considered a dangerous dog and what rules owners of such dogs are required to follow.
Whether the attacking dog was known to be dangerous or not, a victim can take legal action to recover monetary damages for their losses. Contact our Pittsburgh dog bite injury attorneys today to discuss the specifics of your situation.
Dog Bite Injury Statistics
Over one-third of all homeowners’ claims are dog bite claims.
When you are injured by someone else’s dog, it is their homeowners’ insurance that is responsible for taking care of your bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, scarring and in some cases property damage. Although many people are uncomfortable with the idea of suing a friend or family member, a person’s homeowners insurance is there to protect you from the damages and injuries caused by their pets.
Not all injuries caused by dogs and other pets are bites. We have handled cases where serious injury was caused because a dog jumped up and knocked a person over, breaking several bones. If someone invites you onto their property, it is their responsibility to control their animals. If you have suffered a broken bone, serious bruising, or another injury caused by a dog knocking you over or attacking you, contact our Pittsburgh animal bite lawyers today for a free consultation.
Over 50% of the time, a child is the victim.
Most children love dogs. Unfortunately, sometimes animals attack our children. If your child was bitten, you know that money will not pay for his or her tears — and you should not have to pay for the unexpected medical bills.
When a child is attacked by a dog, many times it is the face or the head that is bitten. Scars can be a serious, life-long reminder of a dog bite. They are more than just a physical injury, they can cause emotional scarring. Many children with scarring and disfigurement are often teased causing additional damage. Scars may require plastic surgery which may need to be delayed until after the scar matures, which can sometimes take years until the child is done growing.
What Should You Do if a Dog Attacks You?
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Get the contact information, and, if possible, the homeowners’ insurance and dog license information from the dog’s owner.
- Get the contact information of any witnesses present.
- Take photos of your injuries, and, if possible, the dog that attacked you.
- Consult a Pittsburgh dog bite injury lawyer before signing anything or talking to any insurance companies.
Compensation for Dog Bite Victims
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, there may be several types of compensation available. Our dog bite lawyers will investigate what happened and want to secure the following damages:
- Medical bills for hospitalizations, prescription medicines, and surgery
- Lost wages, if your injuries caused you to miss time from work
- Future medical expenses and/or lost earning capacity, if you are permanently disabled
- Pain and suffering, both physical and mental
Contact an Experienced Pennsylvania Animal Bite Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by a dog bite or attack you should contact Dallas today for a free case evaluation. If you do not recover, there will be no fee. Any dog bite that has caused you to seek medical attention is a serious legal matter.
Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. does not charge any fee to anyone in Pennsylvania or Ohio for a personal consultation about a dog bite injury claim.
No matter where you live in Pennsylvania or Ohio, we will be happy to meet you to discuss your injuries. We have handled dog bite cases in Pittsburgh, Erie, New Castle, Indiana, Butler, Altoona, Beaver Falls, Akron, Youngstown, Cleveland, Warren and many other areas across Ohio and Pennsylvania. If you or your child has been injured by an animal, it is in your best interest to phone us or email us to speak with an experienced dog bite lawyer today.