The CDC estimates that dogs bite or attack 4.5 million people in the U.S. each year. About 20 percent of these people require medical treatment for their injuries. Pennsylvania law recognizes how significant a dog attack injury can be and allows victims to recover damages. In most cases, compensation can be recovered without filing a lawsuit.
Steps to Take After a Dog Bite or Dog Attack Injury
If you or your child was hurt by a dog in Pennsylvania, then there are a few steps that you should take to protect your right to a financial recovery. Specifically, you should:
- Call the police. A dog attack can lead to criminal charges in some circumstances. Report the incident to the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
- Document the accident. Write down the breed of dog, description of dog, location of the attack, and owner if known, to share with the police and your attorney; and
- Contact an experienced Pennsylvania Dog Bite Lawyer.
When you meet with Pennsylvania dog bite attorney Jon Ostroff for a free consultation about your case, you can provide him with details about your incident and the injuries you sustained, along with any medical or hospital reports related to your dog bite or dog attack injuries.
How Your Attorney Will Negotiate a Settlement On Your Behalf
All this information will help Jon negotiate a settlement on your behalf. Insurance companies know that Jon is an experienced lawyer and negotiator. He helps Pennsylvania personal injury victims recover the money they deserve.
Ostroff Injury Law Can Help
Over the course of the past 25 years, Jon has helped more than 25,000 Pennsylvania personal injury victims. Such experience is rare in the United States and often useful when negotiating with insurance companies.
It is often the dog owner’s insurance company who will pay your damages when a dog injures you. Jon will work hard to negotiate a settlement if you decide not to sue. If the insurance company doesn’t offer a fair settlement, Jon can work with them to see if they will agree to arbitration or mediation. Both are effective ways of resolving cases without having to file a lawsuit.
Call Jon today and talk to him about your accident and about your settlement goals. Clients do not pay Jon unless and until they receive the money from a settlement.