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Multiple Theories? What This Means For Your Dog Bite Claim

| Aug 15, 2014 | Uncategorized

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 814-515-9074.