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Pennsylvania Dog Bite Law Blog: Dog Bite Cases-What to Expect


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3/7/2012
Julia Lee
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Dog bite and attack incidents can cause serious injury, scarring or disfigurement or even death when children and infants are involved. Several weeks ago, a 3 day old newborn boy was bitten in the head by the family's husky and died. According to the examiner.com, the 18 month old dog was new to the household and was also recovering from a leg injury prior to the attack. 

After the attack, the dog was adopted by a new owner and shortly afterwards, was seized by the local dog warden to be destroyed. It's a heartbreaking case for the family and the dog.

In our dog bite law practice, we see these kinds of cases time and time again. A dog attacks a child and when serious injury results, we look for the cause. Most often, dog attacks result from improper training of a young or aggressive dog. In many situations in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, parties other than the owner may be liable for failing to warn the owner of the dog's potential dangerousness. Those who may be subject to liability include:

  • prior owners,
  • breeders/sellers or
  • dog trainers.


The most important factor in a dog bite liability case is investigation. Proper review of documents from animal control, the health department or even licensing records reveals facts such as prior ownership or prior acts of aggression. It is important to interview neighbors of the dog owner to establish prior aggressiveness and may also reveal liabililty of other parties.

Access our legal article for more information about Pennsylvania and New Jersey dog bite law and steps in a serious injury dog bite lawsuit

If you'd like your dog bite case reviewed by our highly rated Pennsylvania and New Jersey dog bite lawyers, call 877.944.8396. 



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