Although often referred to as man’s best friend, even the friendliest dog can attack when it feels anxious or threatened. These dangerous attacks often leave victims, especially children, physically scarred and emotionally traumatized. If you or a loved one suffered a dog bite or other animal-related injury, get help from the knowledgeable attorneys at Rehmeyer & Allatt.
Pennsylvania has several laws governing acceptable animal behavior and pet owner responsibilities. The laws allow animal attack victims to recover compensation from irresponsible pet owners.
To recover compensation for a dog bite injury under Pennsylvania’s dangerous dog law, a victim must show that the animal had a history of attacking either other domestic animals or people without provocation. Keep in mind, the animal need not have bitten a person before. If the animal has a history of rushing at people in a ferocious manner or growling at every passerby, that would be proof enough of harmful tendencies.
Dog bite victims can also hold owners liable under strict liability law even if the animal did not have a history of vicious behavior. If the owner fails to leash or properly confine the dog, even if the owner had no idea the animal would behave aggressively, he or she can be held liable for resulting injuries.
Although dog bites are the most common type of animal attack injury, other serious injuries can result when an animal rushes or jumps on a person. In addition to animal bite injuries, our firm has obtained compensation for victims of slip-and-fall accidents caused by aggressive or overexcited animals.
Learn about your recovery options after an animal attack during a free initial consultation with our lawyers. To schedule yours, reach us online or call 814-343-9860. From our office in the State College area, we serve clients throughout central Pennsylvania.