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My child was bitten by a dog in our apartment complex. Does he have a case?


A: In this situation, assuming there are no statute of limitations issues, there are two main issues.

First, there may be a case against the dog owner, if the dog owner was negligent or if the dog has aggressive tendencies. For example, if the dog owner failed to properly leash the dog or was otherwise negligent, the owner could be held liable. Also, if the dog is proven to be aggressive, the owner could be found liable. Pennsylvania is no longer a “one free bite rule” state. In other words, the injured dog bite victim does not have to prove that the dog previously bit someone. If the dog showed sufficient aggression during the attack at issue, the owner could be held liable.

The second issue is whether anyone else could be held liable. Depending on the situation, others could be liable, such as:

  • landlords,
  • dog trainers,
  • dog breeders,
  • dog adoption agencies, and
  • veterinarians.

It is important to have a knowledgeable dog bite lawyer review the case to determine liability of all parties.

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*Disclaimer: This website does not provide any legal advice or create any attorney-client relationship. Each case is unique and requires review by a qualified attorney. Discussion of any prior outcomes or results is no guarantee of the same or similar outcome in current or future cases.

Published: May 19, 2012

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