Pennsylvania protects its citizens against being the victim of a dog attack or a dog bite. If you were the victim of a dog bite or dog attack in Pennsylvania, in order to be entitled to money damages, you are only required to prove that you sustained a significant injury or a permanent scar.
If you have been seriously injured or scarred by a dog attack in Pennsylvania, then you are entitled to money damages. It is that simple. If you suffer a severe injury from a dog bite, then under Pennsylvania law, your injury is enough to prove that the dog that attacked you, or bit you, is dangerous. As a result, you are entitled to money damages for your injuries. A severe injury is defined as one that results in broken bones or a scar. Money damages include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Even if your injury is not classified as “severe,” you may still recover damages without proving that the dog was known to be vicious or that the owner was negligent. However, money damages for injuries that are not severe may be limited to medical expenses, if you are unable to show a reckless, intentional, or negligent act on the part of the dog owner.
Collecting Damages from a Dog Owner Whom You Know
Often, dog bites occur when a victim is visiting a neighbor, relative or friend. That means that the victim knows — and often has a close relationship with — the dog’s owner. This is no reason not to pursue a recovery for your injuries. The dog owner likely has homeowner’s insurance that will pay your injury claim and the damages will not come directly from the dog owner. Remember, you should not have to bear the expense of an injury that you suffer because of someone else’s dog.
If you’ve been hurt by a dog in Pennsylvania, then you need an experienced lawyer to help you. Pennsylvania dog bite injury lawyer Jon Ostroff has been practicing law for more than 25 years and has helped more than 25,000 personal injury victims across the state. He has represented many victims of dog attacks or dog bites. This amount of experience is rare in the United States and is respected by insurance companies.
Call Jon today at (800) 688-6489. He would be happy to provide you with a free consultation if you, or your child, have been hurt in a Pennsylvania dog bite accident. You will not pay Jon until he obtains a settlement for you that you accept.
For nearly 25 years, Jon Ostroff has been representing the estates of over 100 children and adults who have died across Pennsylvania as a result of someone else’s negligence. Jon will spend the time and money it takes to figure out what happened to your loved one. Jon will pay these costs if he is unable to recover money for you or your child.