Beware of the Dog: The Rising Trend of Dog Bites
A dog bite attack can be a traumatic experience that may cause severe and long-lasting injuries both physically and emotionally. In today’s work environment, it is not uncommon to see business owners bringing their dogs to work, travelers carrying dogs on public transportation systems, such as airplanes, buses, subways and trains, or at dog friendly venues and restaurants. The rise in dog and human interaction has led to an increase in injuries in both dog attacks and bites resulting in puncture wounds, lacerations and fractures.
According to a study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care. The U.S. population is approximately 328.2 million people. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 73 people.
In Pennsylvania there is “strict liability” when it comes to dogs. According to this law, you don't need to prove it was the owner's fault for the dog bite. Owners are automatically liable for their dog's actions, including any injuries inflicted by their dog. What this means is that regardless of whether or not the owner had prior knowledge that their dog might have dangerous or aggressive tendencies, they will be held liable for the injuries suffered by others in the event of a bite or attack.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, seek medical attention immediately and then contact a Philadelphia dog bite attorney at The Oakes Firm. Our confidential, free case consultation is the perfect time speak to an award-winning attorney to evaluate your claim. We are available 24/7 for your convenience.