Pet owners are responsible for making sure that their pet behaves well around other people and is trained appropriately. However, not all pet owners are diligent about making sure their pet acts in a safe manner around other people, which not only includes proper training but also watching them carefully and making sure that they are restrained when appropriate. If a pet owner fails to do these things, and their pet ends up hurting someone, they could be held responsible for that person’s injuries.
These kinds of issues happen most frequently with dogs.
The American Humane Association has estimated that just under 5 million Americans are bit by a dog every year, and that around 800,000 of those bites ultimately require medical attention . A quarter of the total dog bites occur when a dog is actually chained or restrained, and children tend to be more at risk for dog bites than other age groups, with over half of the total dog bites happening to children.
Dog bites also are frequent among people who work outside or work going door to door in neighborhoods, like mailmen or salespeople. Sometimes, dogs will even bite infants, who are hundreds of times more likely to die from a dog bite than adults are. Dog bites are frequently featured in the news, because the health issues that result from dog bites can often be very serious. The bites can often become infected with germs, leading to additional health complications.
If the bite went deep enough, it could cut through skin and muscle, which could take a long time to heal and be very painful. Sometimes, the bites can even result in the death of the victim. The emotional stress and the pain and suffering inflicted by dog bites are also extremely serious.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by someone’s dog, you may be able to pursue legal action against the dog owner because of your injuries. This is not a way to make quick money -- legal action against a negligent dog owner could keep other people from being hurt by that particular dog as well. If you think you might have a case against a dog owner, call one of our experienced Philadelphia dog bite lawyers as soon as possible after you have treated your injuries.
Your attorney will be able to determine if you have a case against the owner by looking into the ways that the owner was behaving negligently when the dog bite occurred. This can include knowing that the dog was potentially dangerous and not warning other people to be careful around it.
It can also include not watching the dog closely, not having it on a leash or some kind of restraint (especially if it violates Pennsylvania leash laws), or not training it appropriately. However, these things can be hard to prove by yourself without an experienced lawyer. It can also be difficult to make sure that any claim you file against the dog owner is done so correctly and within the right time frame, and that it includes all of the relevant information needed to prove your case.
But because of our lawyers’ years of experience handling dog bite cases in the Philadelphia area, you will receive the best legal advice available and will have the best chance at getting the compensation you deserve for your dog bite related injuries. It is important to call us as soon as possible after you have sought medical attention, because your chances of winning your case will decrease the longer you wait. Let your experienced attorney help you throughout the process and get you justice and the compensation you deserve.