Nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 50% of dog bite fatalities are children under 10 years old. These dog bites range from minor injuries to serious dog maulings, resulting in bodily injury and even death. In the United States alone, approximately 100 children are bitten by dogs every day and approximately 92 of these children will need medical attention. While dog bite fatalities are rare, statistically 15 to 20 people are killed in vicious fatal dog attacks every year. One third of all injury claims against homeowner liability policies are related to dog bites and dog attacks.

Holding Pet Owners Accountable

Under Pennsylvania law, dog owners can be held liable for injuries caused by their dogs. Pennsylvania law provides:

  • a dog, while on public or private property, inflicts severe injury on a human being without provocation;  
  • attack the human being without provocation and where the dog has either or both a history of attacking human beings or animal’s without provocation or a propensity to attack human beings and/or domestic animals without provocation.

The owner will be held liable for such attacks if the injuries inflicted by the animal are severe, or the owner had notice of the animal’s dangerous propensities.

The law firm of Munley, Munley & Cartwright has substantial experience in the handling of these claims. We can help.

If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog and and feel you may have sustained an injury, contact us for a free consultation or call us now, toll free, at 1-800-318-LAW1. We can help


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