Delaware County Personal Injury Attorney Discusses if the Owner is Responsible for a Dog Bite
As an experienced Delaware County Personal Injury Attorney, I am often asked if a dog owner is responsible for their dog attacking another person. A Pennsylvania dog owner can be responsible for a dog bite injury in a number of circumstances. Pennsylvania doesn’t have what’s referred to as a one bite or a two bite dog rule. By the Pennsylvania statute, the dog owner is liable in two circumstances. The first circumstance is if the dog has bitten before. If the dog has bitten before then the dog owner will be strictly liable. The second circumstance is if the injuries are severe, for example: disfigurement requiring multiple sutures, and broken bones. In those instances you will be able to recover medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering. If you are injured in a non-severe manner, you will only be able to recover for your medical expenses.
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