Dogs are one of our most trusted and loved companions, and there are millions of dog owners in the United States. In fact, dogs and other pets are so loved that according to a, six in 10 Americans own a pet of some sort and 44 percent of Americans own a dog.
While pets can be cute and cuddly, they can also attack and cause injury to their owners and others. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that dogs bite 4.5 million people each year, and that one in five dog bites is serious enough to warrant medical attention.
If a dog has bitten you, know your rights. If the dog bite resulted in an injury, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. Speak with a dog bite attorney in Bristol today. Call us at 215-642-2335 to schedule a free one-hour consultation to discuss your options.
Pennsylvania Dog Bite Law
The state of Pennsylvania’s laws regarding dog bites hold the owner of the dog liable for certain damages depending upon the circumstances. As such, the victim of the dog bite will fall into a specific category, and will be able to file a suit to recover compensation depending upon the category into which he or she falls.
The first category is for victims bitten by a dog that has previously bitten another person or shown intention to do so. This is known as the “one-bite” law. In the case that a dog that has already bitten another person bites a new victim, then the most recent victim is entitled to full compensation under the “one-bite” law.
However, there are also protections in place for those attacked by a dog that has never before bitten someone. In these cases, a victim can file suit to recover compensation for medical expenses alone if the injury is non-severe. But a victim may pursue a claim for medical expenses and other losses or damages if the injury is severe.
A severe injury is defined as an injury that results in:
- disfiguring lacerations that require sutures;
- cosmetic surgery; or
- broken bones.
Victims who may not meet these categories may recover full compensation if the owner acted negligently or violated a law. If you’re unsure whether you fit into any of these categories, consult a dog bite attorney.
Take Legal Action in Bristol with Dog Bite Attorneys
If a dog or other animal in Bristol has bitten you, you deserve to recover the compensation to which you are entitled. Whether you have sustained a severe or non-severe injury as defined by Pennsylvania dog bite law, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help make sure that the owner of the animal who attacked you is held liable for your injuries.
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of injury, according to Pennsylvania statue Title 42 Section 5524. Therefore, it’s imperative that you get started as soon as possible.
Our dog bite attorneys are ready to help get you started filing your claim. For more information about what types of compensation you may be eligible for, what documentation you’ll need, guidance through the process of filing your claim, and how to prove the animal owner’s negligence, call us today at 215-642-2335 to get started.