Pittsburgh's Top Dog Bite Attorneys
Flaherty Fardo has significant experience in representing individuals who have been injured by dogs or were victims of dog bites or dog attacks. Animal owners can be held responsible for dog bite injuries caused by their pets. Flaherty Fardo helps victims of animal attacks including:
- dog bites,
- injuries to children,
- equestrian injuries, and
- other animal attacks.
Can I sue for a Dog Bite Injury?
Yes, you can file a lawsuit in Pennsylvania for injuries suffered from a dog bite or dog attack. Typically these cases have defenses provided by the owners homeowners insurance company and injured victims are entitled to money for both economic and non-economic injuries sustained. Economic injuries can include lost wages, medical bills and any and all out of pocket expenses. Non-economic injuries often include compensation for permanent scarring, as well as both physical and mental suffering as result of the dog bite or attack.
Statistics reveal that approximately 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 20% (1 in 5) usually leads to the necessity of medical attention. Our Pittsburgh law firm helps western Pennsylvania residents recover when injured by dogs and/or other animals.
Unfortunately, a large number of animals who injure people are not first time offenders. When animals attack, and the owners are aware of any history of violence, they have a duty to warn and protect the public from their animals. Owners have a duty to guests as well as strangers to ensure that their dog do not cause physical harm.
Each county in Pennsylvania has different requirements about licensing and handing of dogs and other animals. Allegheny County requires a permit for each dog in the county. Owners of animals have a legal and moral duty to make sure that their animals are properly cared for, and restrained so as not to injure people.
Accidents can happen, but dogs can be weapons and can cause irreparable harm to people, especially small children. Most people have at least heard of stories of small children with permanent scars on their face due to dog bites. Most of these are preventable. Animal attacks and dog bites can occur even though the animals had not shown any vicious tendencies.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury or animal attack, you should notify the authorities at once. A police report should always be filed in animal attacks, not only to document what happened, but also to help prevent the animal from harming anyone else.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Dog Bite cases?
The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania for dog bite cases is 2 (two) years from the date of the incident. If you have been injured by a dog, you should not delay in taking legal action. There may be questions about ownership of the dog, or legal discovery questions that will take time to answer before filing a lawsuit.
Free Consultation By A Dog Bite Attorney
If you have any questions about a dog bite injury or animal attack, Flaherty Fardo offers free consultations. Consults can be done online or by calling our offices at 412.802.6666.
Our representation for all personal injury cases is based on a contingent fee structure. There is absolutely no fee unless we obtain monetary recovery. We advance 100% the costs and are only reimbursed from the client’s share if we are successful.
If you or a loved one has been injured and would like to discuss your case, please feel free to call Managing Attorney Noah Fardo directly at (412) 855-5511
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