Even though dogs are out best friend, it doesn't mean that all of them act that way all the time. All it takes is one bad encounter with an aggressive dog to put someone in a serious situation. Injuries from dog bites can range from minor to severe, but one thing is certain - you should receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Before anything else, the first thing that should happen after a dog bite attack is proper medical care. Your wellbeing comes before any other considerations. After you have been attended to, seeking the assistance of a legal professional can help form a solid plan of legal action. The key to recovering the damages you deserve is negligence.
In most cases of dog bites, deciding who is responsible for the incident comes down to who owns the animal. Finding the owner of the pet, however, is only the first step. Pennsylvania law requires a person injured by a dog to show that the animal caused "severe injury." These injuries include a physical injury that results in broken bones or "disfiguring lacerations" that require sutures or cosmetic surgery. If a person has indeed suffered these injuries, proving it should not be a challenge.
In other cases, you may try a "one bite" claim and try to show that the owner of the dog knew the animal had aggressive tendencies. Part of such a claim is also proving that the injured individual was not trespassing or provoking the dog.
While a dog bite attack may seem like a clear-cut situation, there are often elements that make it more difficult to navigate than one might think. The team of attorneys at The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller work diligently to seek the justice dog-bite victims deserve.
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