Dog Bite Injuries
Dog owners must abide by certain safety rules. Pennsylvania’s Dog Law is well established and can be found here. Under the Dog Law, the owner or keeper of any dog is required at all times to keep the dog in the following manner:
- Confined within the premises of the owner.
- Firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured; or,
- Under reasonable control of some person.
If someone is injured as a result of a dog owner’s violation of this safety rule, the dog owner could be held responsible in civil monetary damages (medical bills, wage loss, compensation for disfigurement and pain, etc.). A dog owner’s homeowner insurance policy will cover the dog owner for his or her negligence where a dog causes injury.
Also, dog owners will be held civilly responsible in money damages for harm caused by a dog that the owner knows to have vicious tendencies, particularly if the owner knew or should have known about those tendencies and failed to act prudently to prevent future harm to others.
We have represented numerous people who have been severely injured by dogs. Many of these victims are children.