Dog Bite Attorney

Dog Bites Attacks in Pennsylvania

Nearly five million people are attacked and bitten by dogs in the U.S. every year. One million of these victims have to seek hospitalization for their injuries, and 20 people are killed. Approximately 60% of all those injured are children. If you or a loved one have been injured in a dog bite attack, it is important that you contact a Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer who can help you seek compensation for the injuries suffered.


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Pennsylvania’s Dog Bite Law

The state of Pennsylvania is very thorough in their analysis and explanation of dog bite law – as established by the common law and Statutory Law.

Under Pennsylvania Common Law, the victim’s case will be compensable if the dog owner knew or had reason to know of the dog’s vicious propensities and the dog owner failed to exercise reasonable care in securing the dog to prevent it from injuring someone. The vicious propensities can include biting or attacking a person or other animals, snapping, growling and having a general over aggressive and vicious behavior.

Under Pennsylvania Statutory Law, an “owner or keeper” of a dog will be responsible to the victim if the following is proven:

1. The dog has one or more of the following:


inflicted severe injury on a human being without provocation on public or private property;


killed or inflicted severe injury on a domestic animal without provocation while off of the owner’s property;


attacked a human being without provocation; or


has been used in the commission of a crime.

2. The dog has either or both of the following:


A history of attacking human beings and/or domestic animals without provocation; or


A propensity to attack a human being or animal without provocation. A propensity need only be a single incident of the conduct described above.

3. The Defendant is the owner or keeper of the dog.

An additional statute controls dog bites or attacks that occur off of the owner’s or keeper’s property. Accordingly, a dog owner or keeper would be liable for a dog bite/attack if he fails to keep the dog at all times either:


Confined within the premise of the owner;r


Firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured; or


Firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured; or

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Do you have a Dog Bite Claim?

The clearest type of compensable dog bite claim is when a dog is either allowed to roam from the owner’s property or if it escapes the confines of the owner’s property and does harm to someone off of that property.

In summary, there are several avenues in which to pursue a dog bite claim on behalf of a victim. These cases are particularly devastating when children are involved which is approximately 60% of all dog bites. If you have questions you would like to discuss regarding a potential dog bite case, we welcome you to contact the attorneys at DLP to examine the circumstances surrounding the case and provide you with experienced advice and guidance. We can then begin to fight for the maximum compensation available to you.