Under Pennsylvania law, dog owners can be held liable for a dog bite attack. In Pennsylvania, dog owners can be held liable for negligence, such as failing to leash the dog, or for the dog’s vicious attack of a person.
Compensation may come directly from the dog owner and/or from the dog owner’s rental or home owner’s insurance policy. Many people are surprised to learn that a rental or home owner’s policy can cover a dog bite attack. In addition to rental/home owner’s insurance, other insurance may apply. For instance, if the incident occurred in a neighborhood/condo where association rules forbade aggressive dogs and the dog owner was known and allowed to keep an aggressive dog, the neighborhood or condo association may be liable.
Under Pennsylvania dog bite law, dog bite victims may be able to receive financial compensation for pain and suffering and financial losses such as medical bills, co-pays, deductibles, etc. Pain and suffering damages include compensation for the physical and mental injuries. In serious dog bite situations, pain and suffering damages also include compensation for scarring and deformity caused by the injuries.