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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

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. 

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!

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. 

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.

CDC Reports On Dog Bites: Part 2

Continuing yesterday's article about dog bite attacks across the country, we will refer to the Center for Disease Control's (CDC's) website relating to dog bites and attacks.  Please view the original webpage by clicking this link. Some of the information provided by the CDC relates to helping children interact with dogs, especially since children are one of the most vulnerable populations for dog attacks.  Some tips for children/dog interaction include 1) cautioning the child to be very still when approaching an unfamiliar dog, 2) if the child is knocked over by a dog, they should roll into a ball and remain very still, and 3) avoid direct eye contact with the dog.  

CDC Reports On Dog Bites: Part 1

Our law firm recently compiled information about dog attacks and dog bites across the country.  The Center For Disease Control (CDC) provided a wealth of information and statistics relating to incidences of dog attacks in the United States.  According to their webpage relating to dog bites, which can be found by clicking here, about 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog every year.  Out of those 4.5 million, about 1 in 5 (or over 880,000 people) require medical attention for their bites.  Out of that number, half of those are children.  In 2012 alone, more than 25,000 victims had to undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of a dog attack.

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.

PA Dog Law

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.

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".  

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