Philadelphia Dog Bite Lawyers Work Hard to Help Victims Recover Full and Fair Compensation for Injuries
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Recent statistics show that nearly 74 million dogs are kept as pets in the United States. Each year, more than 300,000 people are bitten by dogs and require emergency medical attention. If you or a loved one is attacked by a dog, you may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses and losses. The Philadelphia dog bite lawyers at McCann & Wall have an in-depth understanding of Pennsylvania tort law and have helped numerous clients obtain maximum compensation for their injuries caused by a dangerous dog. It is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after an attack to ensure that your case is handled in a timely manner.
What is the definition of a dangerous dog in Pennsylvania?
Due to high numbers of dog attacks, many states have enacted laws that cover dangerous dogs and their owners. Pennsylvania enacted the Dangerous Dog Act to govern what dog owners must do if their dog is considered dangerous. Under this law, a dangerous dog is one that has
- Severely injured or killed a human being
- Severely injured or killed a domestic animal
- Been involved in the commission of a crime
- Has a history or propensity of attacking people or domestic animals
In any of these situations, the dog is only classified as dangerous if they attack without provocation. A victim that is found to have provoked or attacked the dog prior to the dog inflicting injuries is generally prohibited from compensation.
Owners of dangerous dogs are required to comply with strict laws
If a dog is deemed dangerous, the owner has additional responsibilities to protect against future occurrences. Dangerous dog owners must
- Register the dog with the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement each year and pay $500 annually
- Keep the dog confined in appropriate enclosures and post warning signs
- Use a leash and muzzle when the dog is outside of the enclosure
- Spay or neuter and microchip the dog
- Obtain liability insurance of at least $50,000
- Notify the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement if the dog escapes the enclosure, attacks a person or animal, dies or is sold
If you or a loved one suffers injuries from a dog attack, it is important to seek legal advice to determine if you have a potential claim for damages. Our injury attorneys take the time to investigate your case and determine if the owner was properly complying with all applicable laws.
Contact Our Respected Philadelphia Dog Bite Lawyers For Aggressive Representation and Get the Restitution You Deserve
Dogs often make wonderful pets but each year thousands of people suffer significant injuries due to unprovoked dog attacks. The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at McCann & Wall have helped numerous victims obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering caused by a dog attack. For quality legal advice and guidance, call us at 215-569-8488 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with our reputable Philadelphia dog bite lawyers. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Philadelphia, across the street from City Hall. We represent injured victims in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.