Dog Bite Injury Attorney
Thousands of people each year are seriously injured and/or killed due to a dog bite. This is mostly due to negligence of an owner. When you are injured or attacked by a dog, it is imperative that you contact an experienced attorney right away so that you can reach the compensation that you are entitled to for your suffering.
If you are bitten by a dog, it is important to receive medical attention immediately, contact your local police, and gather any information you about the dog (such as breed type, owner information, etc). Additionally, it is important that you document any injuries before and after receiving medical treatment.
It is a dog owner’s duty in the state of Pennsylvania to ensure that their dog is properly leashed and/or secured to prevent injury to others. If you are injured by a dog bite due to an owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages.
If you’re seeking compensation for your personal injury, time is of the essence. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation.
We offer legal representation for dog bite accidents involving:
- Postal Workers
- Delivery Drivers
- Utility Workers
An experienced dog bite lawyer has a proven track record of winning cases and negotiating favorable settlements. Here at Valsamidis Law, we have both as well as the compassion needed to handle dog bite cases.
Contact us at (724) 371-0590 to discuss your case.
Dog Bite Injury FAQs
What compensation can I seek for a dog bite injury?
Victims of dog bites can seek compensation for medical expenses, reconstructive surgery, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In severe cases, you may also seek punitive damages, especially if the dog’s owner was grossly negligent.
What should I do immediately after a dog bite incident?
Seek Medical Attention: Regardless of the severity of the wound, it’s crucial to get medical attention promptly. This is not just to treat the injury, but also to prevent possible infections and to properly document your injuries.
Report the Incident: Contact local animal control or the police, especially if the dog seems to be a stray or exhibits dangerous behavior. An official report is vital for any legal action and helps in tracking potentially dangerous animals.
Document Everything: Capture the moment as thoroughly as possible. Take clear photographs of your injuries, the location of the incident, and the dog if it’s safe to do so. Documentation is key in building your case.
Gather Information: Obtain the dog owner’s contact details and those of any eyewitnesses. This information is crucial for your attorney to build a strong case.
Legal Consultation: To understand your legal rights and the potential for a lawsuit, consult a Dog Bite Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. We are here to assist you through this challenging time. If you’ve been a victim of a dog bite injury, reach out to us at (724) 371-0590. Our experienced team is dedicated to ensuring you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.
Who can be held liable for a dog bite?
Typically, the dog’s owner is held liable for any injuries caused by their pet. However, in certain cases, property owners or landlords can also be held responsible, especially if they were aware of the dog’s aggressive nature. Each case varies, so it’s essential to discuss the specifics with an attorney.
Is there a time limit to file a dog bite claim?
Yes, each state has a statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims, including dog bites. For example, in Pennsylvania, you generally have 2 years from the date of the bite to file a lawsuit. Missing this deadline can prevent you from seeking compensation. If the injured party is a minor, the time frame can be longer for filing a personal injury claim; however, it is important to pursue these cases sooner rather than later.
Do I need an attorney to handle a dog bite claim?
While not required, having an attorney can significantly benefit your claim. An experienced dog bite attorney can negotiate with insurance companies, gather necessary evidence, and ensure you receive fair compensation.
How do you prove liability in a dog bite case?
Proving liability involves showing that the dog’s owner knew or should have known about the dog’s aggressive tendencies, failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the bite, or violated local leash laws. Evidence like prior complaints about the dog, witness statements, and medical records are crucial.
What if the dog has never bitten anyone before?
Even if a dog has no prior history of biting, owners can still be held liable under certain circumstances. The specific laws vary by state, with some applying a ‘strict liability’ rule and others following a ‘one-bite rule.’ An attorney can clarify the applicable laws in your case.
What should I document after a dog bite?
Document your injuries with photos and detailed medical records. Keep a record of any expenses related to the bite, such as medical bills and lost wages. Also, note the circumstances of the incident, including the location, time, and any witness statements. Getting anything that you can on video would be helpful.
Can I settle a dog bite claim without going to court?
Many dog bite claims are settled out of court through negotiations with the dog owner’s insurance company. An attorney can handle these negotiations on your behalf and work to secure a fair settlement without the need for a trial.