Dog Bites - Hold Dog Owners Accountable. Contact a Scranton Dog Bite Lawyer
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While the old saying goes that dogs are a man's best friend, sometimes these animals can attack a child or adult and cause catastrophic injuries. Dog bites are common in Pennsylvania and throughout the country.
If you or a loved one was injured because of a dog bite, call (866) 326-0100 immediately to learn about your rights and whether you have a personal injury claim. Act promptly. A delay may affect your rights. Contact O'Malley & Langan. Our experienced Pennsylvania dog bite injury attorneys can work with your family and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
We proudly serve clients in Pennsylvania, including those living in the counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Bradford, Schuykill, Lehigh, Monroe, Wyoming and Wayne. Visit us at any of our conveniently located offices in Scranton, Pittston, Hazleton and Towanda.
"What should I do if a dog bites me in Pennsylvania?"
Our law firm recommends taking the following steps after a dog bite in Pennsylvania:
- Contact the police - Dog bite injuries often become complicated because people have conflicting stories about what happened. Let the police interview everyone and decide the truth.
- Take photographs - The more evidence you have, the better. Photographs can serve as valuable evidence in your case. Take photos of your injury, the dog, where the dog was kept and anything else that seems important. Evidence builds strong cases.
- Take notes - Write down the time of the dog attack, where it took place, if there was a fence keeping the dog on the property or other important information.
- Talk to witnesses - If you see someone you saw the dog bite you or your loved one, get their full name, address and phone number. You or the police might need to interview them again for more information.
- Talk to the dog owner - Simply get the full name, address and phone number of the dog owner. This information could prove to be crucial during the investigation.
- Seek medical attention - Even if the dog bite does not seem serious, let a doctor decide. What might seem like a minor injury could be much worse.
- Contact us - Let our experienced Pennsylvania dog bite attorneys work with you and help you build a strong case.
What is the Pennsylvania dog bite law?
If the dog has never bitten before, Pennsylvania "Dog Bite" law has two different remedies; depending upon the severity of the injury. Injuries are classified as either severe or non-severe. Section 102 of the "Dog Law" defines a severe injury as, "any physical injury that results in broken bones or disfiguring lacerations requiring multiple sutures or cosmetic surgery. The severely injured victim can make a "Dog Law" claim against the dog owner for medical expenses and all other losses and legal damages. The victim must prove that the dog inflicted severe injury on him without provocation. It does not matter whether the dog previously bit a person prior to biting this victim.
The non-severely injured victim can make a "Dog Law" claim against the dog owner, but the remedy is limited to only the medical expenses. (Sec. 502, subdivision (b) of the Dangerous Dog Statute: "Any cost to the victim for medical treatment resulting from an attacking or biting dog must be paid fully by the owner of such dog.") The victim only has to prove that the defendant was the owner of the dog.
"Why should I hire a Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer to handle my case?"
There are so many reasons why need a dog bite attorney handling your injury accident. An experienced Northeastern Pennsylvania dog bite law firm can deal directly with the insurance company and help you take any legal action if necessary, including filing a personal injury lawsuit for your dog bite.
When you contact us, you'll notice the difference right away. O'Malley & Langan is not like other law firms. We take the time to learn about your case. We listen. We'll then work with you to build a strong legal strategy based on your unique needs. Expect more. Call (866) 326-0100 and schedule a free case evaluation today. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.