Animal attacks are not uncommon. In fact, there were 118 people hospitalized with bites or stings in Bucks County, Penn., in 2012 resulting in median charges of $13,903, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH). Fortunately, when victims suffer serious injuries, they have a legal course of action available to recover damages related to the dog bite. Lawyers in Bucks County, Penn., at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help.
Can you sue the dog owner after an attack?
Pennsylvania law provides that dog attack victims can seek restitution from the owner of the dog responsible for the attack. This means you can file a claim or a lawsuit against the owner and receive compensation for damages related to your dog bite injuries.
The extent of the owner’s liability for a victim’s damages depends upon several factors:
- Dangerous animal – if the dog has a known history of being dangerous and has bitten before, you can seek full recovery from the owner.
- Severe injuries – if the animal doesn’t have a history of biting and your injuries are considered severe, you still can seek full recovery from the owner.
- Minor injuries – if the injuries are minor and the dog has never been deemed dangerous, your compensable damages are limited to medical expenses.
Dog bite laws in Pennsylvania are rather complex and contain a number of extenuating factors. Consult an attorney to determine if your case satisfies all the elements of filing a claim.
What constitutes a severe injury?
Injuries that may be compensable in a dog bite claim can vary. A severe injury is one that includes broken bones and lacerations that cause disfigurement and require sutures or cosmetic surgery. If you’re unsure whether your injury meets the criteria to be classified as severe, contact a dog bite attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC in Bucks County.
Types of Compensable Damages in Dog Bite Claims
If you or your loved one were attacked and seriously wounded by a dog and you are entitled to full recovery under Pennsylvania’s dog bite laws, some of the damages for which you can seek compensation include:
- emergency room bills;
- surgeries and future reconstructive surgeries;
- medical visits, check-ups and specialist appointments;
- medical-related transportation costs;
- mental health care for psychological injuries;
- lost wages;
- pain and suffering;
- scarring and disfigurement;
- emotional and mental injuries; and
- post-traumatic stress disorder.
Discussing Legal Options with a Dog Bite Lawyer in Bucks County, Penn.
To determine if you’re eligible for compensation and to begin moving forward with your case, consult a local attorney who handles dog bite injury cases such as yours. If you reside in Bucks County or the surrounding areas, we invite you to call our team at Cordisco & Saile LLC to discuss the details of your case.
We can walk you through your legal options and help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve. We are passionate about helping victims through their time of need after an injury and helping them obtain the maximum settlement to which they’re entitled. We know how to estimate the value of your claim, collect supporting evidence and negotiate with the insurance company. We can even help file a lawsuit if you’re unable to settle with an insurer.