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Need a Dog Bite Lawyer After a Terrible Experience with a Vicious Canine?

Perhaps you were going for a walk when you passed someone on a walk with their dog. You were minding your own business and moved over more to give them space, but the dog felt threatened for some reason and lashed out. Before you or the owner could do anything else, the dog sank its teeth into you and bit you, causing an injury that was difficult to deal with. Once you were bandaged, you decided it was time to speak with a dog bite lawyer to help you through your next steps to compensation for your injury.

While it may not be exactly the same scenario that you experienced, dog bites happen frequently, and the dog's owner can be held responsible for the injury when you suffer because of their animal. If you or your child have been the victim of a dog bite, the experienced team at Westmoreland Injury Lawyers can help.

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What Do You Do After A Dog Bite?

After a dog bite, there are a few essential steps to ensure you have everything you need for a potential case.

  1. Get the dog's owner's contact information and any insurance information if you can.
  2. Seek medical treatment, especially if there is any risk of severe illnesses or damage from the dog bite. Antibiotics are typically necessary to prevent infection after a dog bite, even if it doesn’t seem bad, so be sure to have the bite injury checked out by a medical professional.
  3. File a police report to document the incident for insurance coverage claims and evidence for your dog bite lawyer consultation.
  4. You may want to attend therapy or seek mental health care after a dog bite to deal with any anguish or mental trauma associated with the incident.
  5. Contact an experienced dog bite lawyer to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injury!

What Do You Do When a Dog Bites Your Child?

Dogs can be wonderful companions and are common in households across the USA. However, when a dog bites a child, it is a tragedy that can lead to the child's lifelong fear of the animal or cause an injury that will have lasting effects.

Unfortunately, children are the most common victims of dog bites. If your child is injured in a dog attack, you will want to follow the same steps outlined in the section above to ensure they are properly cared for and that you get compensation for their injuries.

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Who is Responsible for Medical Expenses When a Dog Bites in PA?

According to 3 Pa. Stat. § 459-502, whenever a dog bites or otherwise injures someone in Pennsylvania, the animal's owner is legally responsible for all medical treatment costs related to the injury. The owner is held liable for those costs without any fault being proven. However, these statutes do not cover damages other than medical expenses, such as pain and suffering or lost wages. Based on your case, the court must decide to hold the owner accountable for these types of losses. If your case goes to court, you will need an experienced dog bite lawyer on your side.

Pennsylvania's Statute of Limitations on Dog Bite Injuries

Like other personal injury cases, dog bites have a statute of limitations. Pennsylvania's statute of limitations for a dog bite case is two years, according to 42 Pa. Consol. Stat. § 5524. This limit means that a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the injury to be valid under state law.

If you are the victim of a dog bite, but it has been a while since the incident, and you are just now seeking justice, speak with a personal injury lawyer today to learn more about your legal options. While the statute of limitations typically means that cases over two years will be dismissed, there are some extenuating circumstances where your case may still be valid after that time limit. Speak with a dog bite attorney today for more information.

Not Sure if You Have a Dog Bite Case?

Even if you think your dog bite injury is not serious, or the dog that bit you isn't considered dangerous, you likely still have a case. It is important to speak with a personal injury dog bite attorney to determine if you should proceed with your case and be compensated for your injuries.

When you are ready to get help from a dog bite lawyer, call us at Westmoreland Injury Lawyers to speak with a personal injury attorney! We are ready to help you determine if you have a case and navigate everything that comes with it. Get in touch with us today to learn more!

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