Philadelphia Dog Bite Injury Attorney
In Philadelphia, like in any big city, human beings share close quarters with dogs. That’s wonderful when the dog is well behaved and well trained — but not every Philadelphia dog owner is responsible. When large dogs are left untrained and uncontrolled, they can revert to their natural predatory instincts, sometimes with tragic results. Each year, it is estimated that 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs and 20% of those bites require medical attention. Dog bite injuries have killed people, especially children. They can also leave victims with massive skin damage, broken bones, blood loss, damage to organs and sometimes serious infections. If you have suffered from these injuries, a Philadelphia dog bite injury attorney at Rosenbaum & Associates knows how to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Tendencies of a Dog
Dogs have a natural social hierarchy. If they aren’t trained or controlled, they may try to dominate human beings or attack people who enter their homes. Children are especially vulnerable to dog attacks because they’re closer to the ground, loud, fast and not aware of the danger. Pennsylvania dog owners are legally liable for injuries their dogs cause while illegally running loose, but they may also be liable for dog bite injuries to people who are lawfully visiting their homes. A Philadelphia injury lawyer can help clients sort out how the law applies in their cases.
Most people injured by a dangerous dog were attacked at the home of a friend or relative, and may be reluctant to hire a Philadelphia dog bite injury attorney. In fact, homeowners’ insurance covers these claims, so there’s no need to worry that you’re suing someone who cannot afford to pay. A legal claim ensures that victims get the medical care they need, including future follow-up care, as well as fair compensation for their injuries. If your family has suffered a dog bite injury and you’d like to know more please call today.
Dog Bite Facts
Many may brush off a dog bite, not understanding the true injuries endured. However, many of these injuries lead to permanent physical and emotional scars. In fact, the insurance industry pays more that $1 billion dollars in dog bite claims each year. Here are a few other facts that you should know about dog bites:
- About 800,000 dog bites require medical attention each each
- Of the fatal dog attacks, 92% of the dogs involved were male and 94% of these males we not neutered
- Approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks involved dogs who were chained
- Over 71% of dog bites occur to a victim’s arms, legs, hands, and feet
- 24% of deaths involved unrestrained dogs off their owner’s property
Dog Bite Prevention Tips
Liability lies within the do owners, but there are ways to stay safe, in the presence of an aggressive dog. Below are a few tips to follow and teach your children that can prevent dog attacks in Philadelphia:
- Don’t run pas a dog without warning
- If a dog threatens you, don’t scream
- Avoid eye contact with a dog
- try to remain motionless until the dog leave
- Don’t approach a dog that is confined
- When approaching a dog, let the dog see and sniff you hand before petting the animal
- If a dog is rapidly approaching you, place something between yourself and the dog (backpack, bicycle, etc)
Contact a Philadelphia Dog Bite Injury Attorney
At the Philadelphia law firm of Rosenbaum & Associates, we offer free consultations, so potential clients can ask us about the strength and value of their cases with no further obligation or charge. You are always welcome to contact us online or call us toll–free at 1–800–753–4257.