Philadelphia Dog Bite Lawyers
- Legal Questions about Dog Bite Injuries
- The Legal Responsibilities Of Dog Owners
- What Should I Do After A Dog Bite?
- How to take legal action regarding a dog bite injury
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Philadelphia Dog Bite Lawyers
Legal Questions about Dog Bite Injuries
Who should I contact after a dog bite?
You should contact your local authorities in the immediate aftermath of a serious dog bite.
Will my dog get put down if he bites someone?
If your dog has already bitten someone multiple times, he will most likely be declared a dangerous dog and will be required to walk with a basket muzzle. The dog may also be considered to be euthanized.
Can I sue for a minor dog bite?
Yes. If you or a loved one were bitten by a dog and sustained any type of injury, you can contact a lawyer to file a suit.
What is the average settlement for a dog bite case?
According to iii.org, in 2018 the average cost per dog bite claim was $39,017. This will depend on a variety of factors including the severity of injuries.
Dogs are a man’s best friend, or so they say. Dogs can be adorable and furry, even though they can tear your furniture up when you are at work. It is hard to imagine that dogs were once ferocious, undomesticated creatures who roamed free. Dogs have natural instincts to hunt for food and defend their territory. This defense of their territory can come with aggressive behaviors.
Without proper training, some dogs never learn to let go of that instinct which can lead to bad biting or barking behaviors. Dogs can bite strangers or even their owners if they feel threatened.
If you find yourself in a dog bite situation, do not hesitate to contact Freundlich & Littman, LLC to seek legal advice. You have legal rights.
The Legal Responsibilities Of Dog Owners
It is the responsibility of any dog owner to keep the dog controlled and secured. In Philadelphia, the law mandates that you must keep your dog on a leash that does not exceed six feet in length. You must also keep the dog confined to your property if you let them outside in the yard. This law not only ensures that your dog does not get loose and escape, but it keeps your dog away from other people, animals, and property. If your dog is roaming without control or not on a leash, an animal control officer is within their legal power to take the animal into custody. The law authorizes them to place the dog in an “appropriate area of confinement.”
If the state finds that you are harboring a “dangerous” dog, then you could be criminally liable for a misdemeanor. Any injury to another person or dog may result in criminal action. In this situation, owners must:
- Pay to register their dog with the state
- Muzzle their dog
- Provide adequate warning to the public about a dangerous dog
- Carry at least $50,000 in liability insurance.
What Should I Do After A Dog Bite?
After a dog bites you, your first step is to seek medical attention. Dog bites can become infected if not treated properly. Keep it clean and let it air out. If it starts to appear infected, immediately seek medical attention. Keep a record of any medical bills you receive or insurance claims that you make. It is important to keep records of all medical transactions.
In addition to medical documents, try to take a picture of the wound in case of litigation. Make sure to take note of the time and date of the bite. If you know the owner of the dog who bit you, get their name and information if you can. Also, a description of the dog will help if the dog was a stray or without an apparent owner.
How to take legal action regarding a dog bite injury
If a dog bit you, it is possible to file a lawsuit to recover medical damages. You can receive compensation for mental distress if proven in court. Keep in mind that you must bring a lawsuit within two years from the day of injury. If not, the state of limitations may bar the claim from going forward. If you need advice or help, please contact the legal team at Freundlich & Littman, LLC.
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