Dog Bite Compensation in the State of Pennsylvania

Date: March 8, 2024

We’ve all encountered a dog that has been visibly aggressive toward ourselves or others. Fortunately, many of these encounters are stopped by pet owners before any harm has been done. However, others aren’t so lucky. In the United States alone, over 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog each year. What would you do if that were you?

Many people don’t think about the implications of a dog bite until after it happens. Depending on the severity of the bite, some may need immediate or additional medical attention, while others may be treated at home.

If a dog has bitten you, it is important to thoroughly wash the wound and apply antibacterial ointment to prevent possible infections. Cover the bite with a bandage to keep bacteria out. Any bites that have broken skin and caused bleeding require post-exposure rabies prophylaxis. The dose is to ensure that if the dog has rabies, the victim of the dog bite will not contract the infection.

In the state of Pennsylvania (PA), according to the PA Dog Bite Law and the Strict Liability Statute, the dog owner is liable for their pet’s aggression. Even if the animal has no previous history of being aggressive, the owner is still responsible for covering all the victim’s bite-related medical expenses. However, there are exceptions. Compensation for the bite may not be collected if the victim intentionally provoked the dog or if they trespassed or committed an illegal offense at the time of the bite.

In Pennsylvania, a bite victim can be compensated for injury-related medical expenses, but not for pain and suffering and property damage unless negligence is proven. To prove negligence, one must prove that the pet owner was aware that their dog exhibited vicious behavior and/or show that the owner did not control the dog properly.

Dog Bite Lawyer in Pennsylvania

If you or someone you know has suffered a dog bite, reach out to Dougherty Leventhal & Price today to help seek compensation for the injuries sustained. Learn more on our site: Remember … Injury? Call DLP. (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.


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Julia Kourpas