In Pennsylvania, owners or keepers of animals that bite may be held liable (i.e. legally responsible) for injuries caused by the animals’ bites. An owner would be held liable if he or she was negligent in handling the animal and knew or should have known that the animal had “vicious propensities”—in other words, was likely to be dangerous to others. A landlord may also be held responsible in some situations where a tenant’s animal bit and injured someone.
The victim of a dog bite or similar animal attack may in turn be able to recover compensation for any resulting medical bills, pain and suffering (including emotional trauma) caused by the attack, lost wages or loss of earning power as a result of the injury, and more.
Compensation may also cover future medical bills—such as those related to the costs of plastic surgery sometimes needed when a dog bite leads to severe scarring and disfigurement.
The recovery from a dog bite may be lengthy and costly. If you or a family member have been injured by an animal attack, you owe it to yourself to discuss your situation with an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney. Even if you are contacted right away by a homeowner’s insurance representative who offers you a settlement, keep in mind that one main goal of insurance companies is to limit their payouts. An experienced personal injury attorney can negotiate and advocate on your behalf, maximizing the financial compensation that you ultimately receive.
From its offices in Scranton, Stroudsburg/Pocono, and Montrose, Needle Law Firm helps Pennsylvanians who have been severely injured. Whether dealing with injuries to children or to adults, we offer decades of experience, extensive resources, and a passion to achieve successful outcomes for our clients.
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