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Pennsylvania Dog Bite Lawyer

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Dog bites in Pennsylvania often result in serious or catastrophic personal injuries. Every year, people throughout the country sustain severe injuries that require emergency medical treatment or surgery. In certain extreme cases, dog attacks even result in death. In 2011, Pennsylvania was listed as the fifth most dangerous state in the country in respect to dog bite attacks and a study found the number of dog bite claims increased by 30 percent in one year.

Our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Marcus & Mack fight for the full and fair compensation our clients need to recover. Call (814) 277-5664 To schedule your free consultation.

What to Do After a Dog Attack

Knowing what to do after a dog attack can be confusing. That's especially true if the dog that bit you or a loved one belongs to a friend or neighbor. You don't want to risk a friendship or strain a relationship with a family member, but you also don't want to be saddled with thousands of dollars in medical expenses.

Fortunately, you don't have to navigate difficult waters on your own. Our experienced Pennsylvania dog attack attorneys at Marcus & Mack have worked on many dog attack cases in Johnstown, Altoona, State College, and other communities throughout the region. We thoroughly understand Pennsylvania's dog bite laws and we know how to get results. The dog owner's homeowner insurance policy generally is responsible for compensating the victim.

How Common Are Dog Bite Attacks?

Every year, dogs bite millions of people nationwide and victims collect hundreds of millions of dollars in claims to pay for their injuries, which often includes reconstructive surgery and other medical expenses.

Studies have shown that dog bites were more common in Pennsylvania's rural counties than in more urban areas. In particular, counties with the highest number of dog bites included Indiana County, Washington County, and Blair County.

What Types of Dogs Often Bite People?

Any dog could potentially be dangerous and bite someone. But certain dogs have historically bitten people more than other dog breeds.

Some of the dog breeds noted for biting people include:

  • Pit Bulls
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Rottweilers
  • German Shepherds
  • Great Danes
  • Siberian Huskies

Whatever type of dog bit you or your loved one, make sure you receive medical treatment immediately. Then contact us to discuss all your legal options.

Why Should I Hire Marcus & Mack for My Dog Bite Case?

From a legal standpoint, dog bite cases can be extremely complicated. Even if a dog clearly attacked you, your spouse or your child, the owner of the dog might claim the victim did something to provoke the dog. They might even falsely claim you were trespassing on their property when the dog attack took place.

Many legal issues can bubble to the surface in dog attack cases. That is why it is important to contact our firm as soon as possible. We are familiar with all the tactics insurance companies may use to avoid paying injury victims.

It is also especially important to contact us if the dog belongs to a friend or a neighbor. We can handle all the red tape and deal directly with the insurance company on your behalf. That way, you can focus on your recovery and not lose a friendship.

Other Issues Regarding Dog Bites

Some of the most common issues and questions about dog attacks we regularly encounter at our law firm include the following three items:

  • Attacks on children
  • What are common dog bite injuries?
  • What is the dog bite law in Pennsylvania?

If you have another issue or concern about your dog bite, contact our law firm immediately to discuss your case. Call (814) 277-5664. We have offices in Indiana, Altoona, State College, and Johnstown and ready to serve you.

Attacks on Children

Dogs often attack children. Specifically, the rate of dog bite-related injuries is highest among children 5 to 9 years old.

Children attacked by a dog often suffer physical and psychological scars. Many children require reconstruction surgery due to severe scars and disfigurement caused by their animal attack. We know because our law firm has worked with so many families dealing with serious dog attacks.

We can work with your family to make sure your rights are protected. If necessary, we can even help you file a lawsuit if we believe that's the best way to get your family the compensation you rightfully deserve.

What Are Common Dog Bite Injuries?

There are so many different types of dog bite injuries. Some of the most common ones we regularly deal with include:

  • Facial injuries
  • Puncture wounds
  • Infections
  • Nerve damage
  • Cuts
  • Scrapes
  • Muscle damage
  • Deep tissue damage
  • Broken bones

In certain extreme cases, dog attacks can even result in death. Whatever type of dog bite injury you're dealing with, contact our law firm immediately.

What Is the Dog Bite Law in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has several laws governing dog bites. These laws include Pennsylvania's Dangerous Dog Laws and the state's Strict Liability Dog Bite Law. The important thing to remember is you typically have two years to take legal action after the bite occured. Otherwise, you could forfeit your right to file a dog bite lawsuit in Pennsylvania for your personal injury.

Pennsylvania's Dangerous Dog Laws includes a legal definition of a "dangerous dog." A dog is considered legally dangerous if the animal has:

  • Injured a person, without provocation, on public or private property
  • Killed or hurt another dog or another domestic animal on someone else's property
  • Attacked a person without being provoked

As for Pennsylvania's Dog Bite Law, a dog owner can be found liable for dog bite injuries, even if the dog never acted aggressively before.

There are exceptions, however, which is why it is prudent to speak with an experienced attorney. Our knowledgeable Pennsylvania dog bite lawyers at Marcus & Mack will meet with you and discuss all the legal options available. From negotiating with insurance companies to filing a dog bite lawsuit, we're ready to fight for you. Your case truly matters here!

Contact our firm online or call us at (814) 277-5664.

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