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: