In Pennsylvania, owners are liable for any damages their dog inflicts. As laid out on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website:
All dogs must be under control and must not be allowed to run at large. Dogs are personal property, and owners are responsible for damages caused by their dog.
In practice, this means that if a dog injures someone, the owner is held liable. While dogs and other animals may not immediately come to mind when people think of personal injury, it is important to realize that given the right circumstances, the injuries can be extremely severe, causing scarring and nerve damage, not to mention potential psychological injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite or animal attack injury, you should know your rights. While dog bite injuries — particularly when caused by the dog of someone you know — can cause difficulties, it is important that you are compensated for medical bills and long-term recovery costs.
Having worked on thousands of personal injury cases, our Williamsport lawyers are prepared to work on any dog bite injury case, including those involving:
- Severe lacerations
- Loss of motor function or mobility complications
- Nerve damage
- Infection and rabies contraction
- Emotional damage
We encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible so that you can fully understand your rights and the extent of compensation to which you may be entitled.