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PA Ranks #4 In The Country For Dog Bite Claims

Dog bites and dog attacks are a big problem, especially in Pennsylvania.  According to nationally compiled data, Pennsylvania sits at the #4 spot for the number of dog bite claims each year by state.  Last year, that meant that almost 1,000 dog bites resulted in some type of legal action.

So, how can you help prevent a dog attack while you're out this summer? Follow a few simple tips:

  • Don't approach or pet a dog that you don't know
  • Don't let your children touch or pet a dog without asking or receiving permission first
  • If you have a dog, know that whatever that dog does is your responsibility. Even in the comfort of your own home, you are liable for a dog bite/attack against another person. 
  • If you bring your dog in public, be prepared that others may try to pet it without permission. Even if they don't ask permission, you still remain responsible for your dog's actions.  Your dog should be friendly, approachable, and not pose an immediate danger to others in a public place. 

It is YOUR responsibility as a dog owner to make sure that your dog is a peaceful, well behaved, and safe member of the community.  Your dog should not pose a risk to you, other animals, or other people.  If needed, seek professional help from a veterinarian or an animal behaviorist to address and extinguish unpredictable, aggressive, and dangerous behaviors in your dog.  Furthermore, in Pennsylvania, liability for a dog attack may even fall to a landlord if they know that the dangerous animal resides on the property. This is important to note if you have renters on properties that you own. 

 On the other side of this discussion, if you are injured in a dog attack, your claim for damages based on your injuries or disfigurement will be based on a theory of negligence, and will be very complex.  You need an attorney that has experience in handling the difficulties of these types of claims. We will review the facts and analyze the law to provide you with a thorough evaluation of your claims.   If you or a loved one suffered an injury or disfigurement from a dog bite, please do not hesitate to contact the law office of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr.  Attorney Doug Stoehr has experience in handling dog bite cases, and will thoroughly evaluate your claim.   Call us today at (814) 946-4100 for a free initial consultation.  

When Dogs Attack

Recently, pit bulls have been receiving a lot of negative attention due to the perceived danger of the breed.  Whether you agree or disagree with this danger, the truth of the matter is that any type of dog breed can be harmful under the wrong circumstances


If you or a loved one have been attacked or bitten by a dog, you as a victim have rights. Many people do not know their rights and therefore fail to go after the compensation they deserve.  Dog bite laws can be confusing and may vary from state to state. Here is what you need to know about dog bite laws in Pennsylvania:


1.) Legal liability must be proven in order to receive compensation from an attack.  This means that a victim must prove that the dog owner was being negligent in order for the owner to be held responsible for the attack.
2.) Landlords may be held liable for injuries by a dog their tenant owns/takes care of if he/she is aware that the dog is a danger and fails to take action to remove the pet from the premise.
3.) If a dog is deemed "dangerous" different laws and penalties may apply. A dangerous dog is one that has a previous record of attack or has attacked without provocation or both. 


Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for victims of dog bites and other types of animal attacks. For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.

Dog Bites in PA

Recently, pit bulls have been receiving a lot of negative attention due to the perceived danger of the breed.  Whether you agree or disagree with this danger, the truth of the matter is that any type of dog breed can be harmful under the wrong circumstances. 

If you or a loved one have been attacked or bitten by a dog, you as a victim have rights. Many people do not know their rights and therefore fail to go after the compensation they deserve.  Dog bite laws can be confusing and may vary from state to state. Here is what you need to know about dog bite laws in Pennsylvania:

  • Legal liability must be proven in order to receive compensation from an attack.  This means that a victim must prove that the dog owner was being negligent in order for the owner to be held responsible for the attack.
  • Landlords may be held liable for injuries by a dog their tenant owns/takes care of if he/she is aware that the dog is a danger and fails to take action to remove the pet from the premise.
  • If a dog is deemed "dangerous" different laws and penalties may apply. A dangerous dog is one that has a previous record of attack or has attacked without provocation or both. 

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for victims of dog bites and other types of animal attacks. For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

Bite Prevention: Keeping Your Dog From Harming Others

Often, we hear about the victims' sides in terms of dog bite cases.  However, what can owners do to prevent their dogs from biting other dogs or people?  Take a look at these tips below, courtesy of HumaneSociety.org:

  • Spay or neuter your dog to decrease their likeliness towards aggression
  • Socialize your dog, in a controlled way, with other dogs, people, and circumstances.
  • Train your dog, and strongly consider completing formal obedience classes. The Humane Society goes on to say that "Never send your dog away to be trained; only you can teach your dog how to behave in your home. Note that training classes are a great investment even for experienced dog caregivers."
  • Teach your dog how to behave.  Don't teach them to chase or attack other things or objects, even for fun. 
  • Be a responsible, active dog owner.  Make sure your dog is always up to date on their licenses and vaccinations. Don't chain them up outside all day or spend a great deal of time alone, because these conditions can often lead to increased aggressive behaviors.  
  • Keep your dog away from situations which they might find stressful, such as fireworks, busy parties, new and unpredictable places, etc.


Is it YOUR responsibility as a dog owner to make sure that your dog is a peaceful, well behaved, and safe member of the community.  Your dog should not pose a risk to you, other animals, or other people.  If needed, seek professional help from a veterinarian or an animal behaviorist to address and extinguish unpredictable, aggressive, and dangerous behaviors in your dog.  Furthermore, in Pennsylvania, liability for a dog attack may even fall to a landlord if they know that the dangerous animal resides on the property. This is important to note if you have renters on properties that you own. 


 On the other side of this discussion, if you are injured in a dog attack, your claim for damages based on your injuries or disfigurement will be based on a theory of negligence, and will be very complex.  You need an attorney that has experience in handling the difficulties of these types of claims. We will review the facts and analyze the law to provide you with a thorough evaluation of your claims.   If you or a loved one suffered an injury or disfigurement from a dog bite, please do not hesitate to contact the law office of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr.  Attorney Doug Stoehr has experience in handling dog bite cases, and will thoroughly evaluate your claim.   Call us today at (814) 946-4100 for a free initial consultation.  

Victims' Rights in Dog Bite Attacks

Recently, pit bull terriers have been receiving a lot of negative attention due to the perceived danger of the breed.  Whether you agree or disagree with this danger, the truth of the matter is that any type of dog breed can be harmful under the wrong circumstances. 
If you or a loved one have been attacked or bitten by a dog, you as a victim have rights. Many people do not know their rights and therefore fail to go after the compensation they deserve.  Dog bite laws can be confusing and may vary from state to state. Here is what you need to know about dog bite laws in Pennsylvania:
1.) Legal liability must be proven in order to receive compensation from an attack.  This means that a victim must prove that the dog owner was being negligent in order for the owner to be held responsible for the attack.
2.) Landlords may be held liable for injuries by a dog their tenant owns/takes care of if he/she is aware that the dog is a danger and fails to take action to remove the pet from the premise.
3.) If a dog is deemed "dangerous" different laws and penalties may apply. A dangerous dog is one that has a previous record of attack or has attacked without provocation or both. 
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for victims of dog bites and other types of animal attacks. For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.

Can I Be Sued For A Dog Attack?

Recently, Pit Bulls have been receiving a lot of negative attention due to the perceived danger of the breed.  Whether you agree or disagree with this danger, the truth of the matter is that any type of dog breed can be harmful under the wrong circumstances.

 

If you or a loved one have been attacked or bitten by a dog, you as a victim have rights. Many people do not know their rights and therefore fail to go after the compensation they deserve.  Dog bite laws can be confusing and may vary from state to state. Here is what you need to know about dog bite laws in Pennsylvania:

 

1.) Legal liability must be proven in order to receive compensation from an attack.  This means that a victim must prove that the dog owner was being negligent in order for the owner to be held responsible for the attack.

2.) Landlords may be held liable for injuries by a dog their tenant owns/takes care of if he/she is aware that the dog is a danger and fails to take action to remove the pet from the premise.

3.) If a dog is deemed "dangerous" different laws and penalties may apply. A dangerous dog is one that has a previous record of attack or has attacked without provocation or both.

 

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for victims of dog bites and other types of animal attacks. For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.

Multiple Theories? What This Means For Your Dog Bite Claim

According to an article by Pennsylvania's legal journal, the Pennsylvania Record, a Dauphin County man who was suing for punitive damages after a dog attack was allowed to enter multiple legal theories as part of his damages claim. According to the original article (link can be found above), the victim's attorney stated that "the decision to overrule four of five objections will allow him to present seven legal theories to a Dauphin County jury, including one that establishes the dog's vicious propensities even though there were no previous physical attacks".  

For many workers within the Pennsylvania legal system, this is the first time that they are witnessing a court decision that enables a dog bite victim to pursue a claim based on multiple legal theories. Additionally, this is an unusual case because the dog has no recorded prior or subsequent history of attacks.  The claim was the result of an attack by three boxers when a FedEx delivery person attempted to drop off a package at their owner's residence. The victim claims that these dogs had also been aggressive towrads another FedEx driver.

Dog bites can be frightening, costly, and result in long-term physical and psychological damage.  If you or a loved one have suffered from a dog attack due to the negligence of another, please contact our central Pennsylvania area law firm.  Attorney Doug Stoehr will handle your dog bite claim with professionalism and competency.  Please contact his Blair County area firm by calling 814-946-4100.

Greenwood Man In Critical Condition After Dog Attack

An article by the Washington Times recently covered a story originally posted in our hometown newspaper, the Altoona Mirror.  According to the news story, which can be found here and on the Altoona Mirror online, an Altoona man was recently mauled by his own pit bull/bulldog mix.  Police were called to the scene and the dog was eventually shot.  The man was flown to UPMC Pittsburgh, where he was reported to be in critical condition. 

Although dogs are often friendly, docile, and excellent pets, sometimes dogs can lash out and attack others.  These cases are often reported within the more "dangerous" dog breeds, such as pitt bulls, rottweilers, and others.  Unfortunately, many of these dog attacks tend to happen to small children.  If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack due to the negligence of another dog owner, it may be time to seek legal action.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an Altoona, PA area attorney that is experienced in dog bite claims. For more information, call his office at 814-946-4100.

Area Dog Attack Leaves Toddler Injured

An area toddler recently suffered a dog attack in Everett, PA.  According to local news source WeAreCentralPA.com, a toddler and her family had stopped to look for a deer on the side of a road.  A strange dog came out of the woods and attacked the girl, which resulted in over 300 stitches and plastic surgery.  The article did not say whether the dog belonged to anyone in the area.  Please read the rest of the story on the news source's website by clicking here. 

Dog bites can be frightening, costly, and result in long-term physical and psychological damage.  If you or a loved one have suffered from a dog attack due to the negligence of another, please contact our central Pennsylvania area law firm.  Attorney Doug Stoehr will handle your dog bite claim with professionalism and competency.  Please contact his Blair County area firm by calling 814-946-4100.

PA Ranks Among Top States For Dog Bite Attacks

A 2011 press release by State Farm Insurance ranks Pennsylvania number 6 in the country for the number of dog attack claims in 2010, with 155 claims. The press released also stated that roughly 60% of the claims were against children under the age of 12; children also accounted for 20 of 33 total fatalities handled by State Farm. In 2009, it was estimated that insurers paid $412 million as a result of dog bite claims, according to the Insurance Journal online.


This law office has handled several dog bite claims in the Altoona area, mostly for child victims. Unfortunately, children are more susceptible to dog attacks because they are more likely to approach a dog that adults may deem unsafe. They are also smaller, so the same size dog does significantly more damage on a child that cannot protect him or herself than they might do to an average adult. In addition to significant physical damage, dog attacks can lead to lasting and pervasive psychological stress, especially in very young children. Children may become scared by other animals in the future, including their previously loved household pets. They may also have difficulty sleeping, working in school, interacting with friends and family, and may become withdrawn and anxious.


Some cities and housing developments have banned certain breeds of dogs from residing on their premises, including pit bulls and rottweilers, or make the owners of the pets put up higher fences, purchase additional liability insurance, or muzzle the dog in public. Currently, the city of Altoona has no law against having certain dog breeds as pets.


If you feel that you or a family member have been wrongly hurt as a result of a dog attack, please contact our office for a consultation at no cost to you. We will be happy to review your claim.

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