When a Dog Attack Causes Serious Injury
Many people think that only certain "dangerous" breeds of dogs attack people, but according to the American Humane Society, no type of dog is necessarily more dangerous than others. Depending on the circumstances involved — socialization, training, health of the dog and actions by the dog-bite victim — any dog may bite.
At our Altoona, PA law office, Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr represents the victims of dog bites and other types of animal attacks. With over 17 years experience in personal injury law, our firm is well equipped to handle even the most serious dog bite cases, such as dog attacks that leave serious, permanent scarring or dog bites that happen to children.
- The law can be complicated regarding dog bite cases. For example, in Pennsylvania there is not absolute liability. That is, the owner of the dog is not liable unless the victim can prove negligence. Thus, even though your child may have bitten by a pit bull, you will not recover unless legal liability can be proven. You should contact our law firm for a consultation if you or a family member has been bitten by a dog and suffered injuries.
- Insurance for dog bites may be provided by homeowner's insurance, renter's insurance or landlord's insurance. In 2003, an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occurred, resulting in over 800,000 injuries. Children are more likely to require medical treatment. The vast majority of children who are injured are bitten on the face, neck and head, often requiring plastic and reconstructive surgery.
- Not all of the injuries caused by dog bites are physical. Especially when dog bites happen to children, the injury can take a huge psychological toll on the victim. Children suffer from anxiety, fear of dogs, nightmares and may have trouble socializing with other children. When Attorney Doug Stoehr handles a dog bite case, he takes the mental harm into account as well as the physical.
Free Consultation With An Experienced Animal Bite Lawyer
To schedule a free initial consultation about a dog bite experienced by you or a loved one, contact our Altoona, Pennsylvania, law firm by calling 814-946-4100 to discuss owner liability for a dog bite. Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr personally handles every case.
Home and hospital visits can be arranged. Evening and weekend hours are available for your convenience.