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Dog Attack In The National News

A dog mauling recently made national news and was covered by CNN.  According to their report, three dogs attacked a young girl in Detroit and killed her.  The owner of the dogs was charged with second-degree murder, as well as involuntary manslaughter and dangerous animal causing death.  Neighbors of the dog owner reported that the owner knew the dogs were dangerous, but left them unsecured outside while he went to run errands.  The little girl rode by on her bike and was attacked and subsequently died as a result of her injuries.  

Although PA homeowners do not have to worry about breed-specific homeowners insurance policies, you are still liable as a pet owner for how your dog acts in the presence of others.  If your dog attacks another person, you can be held legally responsible.  On the opposite end, if you are attacked by another person's dog, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.   At Attorney Doug Stoehr's practice, we are skilled in handling your dog bite claims. Please call our Altoona, PA area office for more information at 814-946-4100.

Original article may be found here:  https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/23/us/dogs-mauling-owner-charged/index.html

Dog Bites And Owner Responsibility

Did you know that, depending on your state, dog bites can factor into your home insurance policy?  About 1/3 of all homeowners insurance claims paid out in recent years were a result of dog bites and other dog injuries.  The type of dog you own matters to insurers, too. They use statistics to determine which dog breeds are considered more likely to bite, and will sometimes deny home insurance to people who own certain dog breeds.  Although "breed restriction" is not legal in Pennsylvania, it is still important information to know when considering adding a new pet to your home. 

Avoiding Dog Bites During Seasonal Gatherings

Thanksgiving is nearly here and Christmas is coming right afterwards! However, this time of year may not be easy for your pets.  The holidays can be a stressful time for both dogs and their owners.  Anecdotally, reports of dog bites appear to increase during the holiday season and is often appears to be due, in part, to dogs being exposed to an increase in movement, activity, and exposure to unfamiliar people.  These unknown people and situations can be frightening to dogs, and may make them appear defensive and more prone to biting people. In order to keep both pets and owners safe this holiday season, our law firm has a few tips to offer:

When Dogs Attack

Although we hope this never happens to you, it is important to know how to keep yourself safe in the event that you are attacked by a dog.  This is crucial, especially since dogs bite almost 5 million Americans a year, and almost a million of those people seek medical treatment.  In fact, almost 400,000 of those victims have such bad injuries that they require immediate attention in the emergency room.  

Much Ado About "Aggressive Dog Breeds"

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.  Even your neighbor's toy poodle can cause serious damage under stress!

Throwback Thursday: Your Rights and Dog Bites

Every year nearly 5 million people are bitten by dogs, and close to half of those victims are children.  1 in 5 people that are victims of dog bites require medical attention, which equates to about 900,000 Americans that received medical attention for dog bites in the past year. 
In 2012, dog bites accounted for approximately one third of settlements of all homeowner's insurance liability claims.  Pennsylvania ranked fifth in states with the most dog bite insurance claims. 

Run Away? Stand Your Ground? What To Do If A Dog Attacks!

Many of us own dogs that are happy, healthy, harmless, and well-adjusted.  They are members of our family, play with our children, and are a part of many important life moments.  However, not all dogs are as friendly as your trusty friend!  Ever year, hundreds of people are severely injured in dog attacks all over the country.  The local division of CBS in Pittsburgh offered up some tips and tricks to keep you safe in the event that you are confronted with a potentially serious and unsafe dog encounter. 

Keeping Owners and Dogs Safe During the Holidays

With Halloween almost here and Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, the holidays can be a stressful time for both dogs and their owners.  Incidents of dog bites appear to increase this time of year, and is often due to dogs being surrounded by an increase of movement, unfamiliar environments, and people who may scare or anger them!  In order to keep both pets and owners safe this holiday season, our law firm has a few tips to offer:

Dog Bite Claims Are Becoming More Expensive

According to an online insurance website, dog bites accounted for over 33% of all homeowners insurance liability claims last year.  The costs exceeded $530M nationwide, as noted in data from the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm insurance. Although the total number of dog bite claims decreased by about 5% from the previous year, the cost per claim rose by 15%.  From the years of 2003 to 2014, the cost per dog bite claim rose over 67% nationwide.  Last year, Pennsylvania had 861 reported dog bite claims, with each claim averaging about $26,000 for a total cost of over $22M for all reported PA claims. 

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