Pennsylvania & Ohio Dog Bite 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, we have seen cases involving almost every breed of dog. Most often it is not a stray dog that hurt you, it is a pet owned by a friend, family member or neighbor. For whatever reason, a seemingly friendly dog that you may have interacted with in the past can hurt you or a loved one.
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 the dog owner knew that his or her dog was prone to violence yet didn’t take the proper safety measures to prevent someone from being bitten, mauled, or killed, the owner can be held financially liable by a Pennsylvania or Ohio court. Sometimes, a pet sitter or “keeper” can also be held liable for the actions of a dog in their care. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer today to find out if someone else is financially responsible for you or your child’s injuries.
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. Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of “suing” a friend or family member. If you have been injured, your life has changed in some way. Your injuries have caused you a great inconvenience. 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 personal injury 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.
Contact an Experienced Pennsylvania or Ohio 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.
Don’t get hurt twice! Call us today at 1-800-777-4081 to protect your rights and to get the experience of a Pennsylvania and Ohio Dog Bite Lawyer on your side. We have successfully handled several dog bite injury claims over the years. Contact Dallas today to find out if you have a case.
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 and experienced dog bite lawyer today.