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.