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Philadelphia Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
Most dogs live up to their image as man’s best friend, but there are also plenty of dogs that are aggressive and quick to bite. Dog attacks and dog bites are very common – in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 4.5 million dog bites happen each year in the US.
Although getting bitten by a dog may not seem so unusual, the injury should not be ignored. One of every five dog bites becomes infected, often leading to serious diseases and sometimes even death. The medical bills, lost wages, and emotional impact are only some of the consequences from a dog attack that create a huge burden for the victim.
This is why the state of Pennsylvania has laws that aim to protect you from dog attacks and compensate you if you were injured by one. More than being able to file a complaint about the animal, you may also be able to sue the dog’s owner or handler, and that person may even face criminal charges.
To determine your best legal course of action in a dog bite case, consult with us at the Brod Law Firm. We are a personal injury firm with over 30 years of experience helping injured Pennsylvanians obtain their maximum compensation. Our firm has won large settlements in dog bite cases like yours, so you can trust that we’ll competently handle your case. Consult with the Brod Law Firm for free about your dog bite injury.
Pennsylvania Law On Dog Attacks And Bites
In Pennsylvania, there is a set of rules that apply if you wish to be compensated for your dog bite injury and hold the pet owner or handler responsible.
The key factor in a Pennsylvania dog bite case is whether the dog is considered “dangerous”. A dangerous dog is one that has shown “vicious propensities” in the past – that is, it has bitten or tried to attack someone else before.
If the dog that injured you has not been determined as dangerous, your claim will depend on whether your injury is severe or non-severe. For severe injuries, you may file a claim against the animal owner to compensate for your medical expenses as well as other injury-related losses such as pain and suffering. For non-severe injuries, you may be able to claim only for medical costs but not for other losses.
However, if the dog that attacked you was already considered dangerous, and if the owner knew it but failed to prevent the attack, you may file a lawsuit against that owner. This civil lawsuit may compensate you for all losses and damages that resulted from the animal attack.
In addition, the owner may be faced with misdemeanor charges in a criminal case brought on by the state or local government.
Note that injuries from a dog attack include not only the dog bite per se, but other forms of harm such as:
- Injuries aside from a dog bite – for instance, if the dog knocked you over, causing you to break your wrist
- Puncture wounds from dog bite
- Infections and other health complications from dog bite
- Scarring from dog attack
- Nerve injuries from dog attack.
It is best for you to consult with an experienced dog bite attorney to determine the full amount you are entitled to and to fight for what you deserve.
Choose The Brod Law Firm – Effective Dog Bite Representation
We at the Brod Law Firm are 100 percent committed to injured persons. In each case we handle, we apply three decades’ worth of experience and skills, as well as a fearless approach in negotiations. This is why we have been proven effective over and over again in Pennsylvania dog attack cases. Take a look at some of our recent results:
- $ 59,000.00 settlement for a Roxborough dog bite victim. The woman was walking her pug when an aggressively-acting pit bull escaped from someone’s yard and bit her on the forearm.
- $ 153,000.00 settlement in a Mt. Airy dog incident. When someone’s German shepherd escaped from their home, a FedEx delivery person fell on a metal grate, consequently suffering from a herniated disc plus head and knee injuries.
We can competently help you get compensated. You can reach us through our several offices conveniently located throughout the Philadelphia area. But we understand the situation you may be going through, so we’ll make it even easier for you. We can come to your location as needed, whether at your home or at the hospital – for no extra charge at all.
On top of that, we charge absolutely no lawyer fee unless and until we win your case. You can trust that with the Brod Law Firm, you won’t be wasting any money as you’ll get the best legal service for your dog injury case.
Your consultation with us is free and confidential. Contact the Brod Law Firm online or call our law office today.
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