The number of dog bites and attacks in Pennsylvania has been on the rise. In 2011, the number of dog bites increased by 30% compared to the year before according to a study done by State Farm. Pennsylvania is now the 5th state with the highest recorded dog bites/attacks nationwide.
Though pit bulls and rottweilers are often listed as two of the top 10 dangerous dogs in many surveys and research studies, dogs of every breed can still attack. The tendency of dogs to bite depends on:
Owners of dogs can be held responsible for the injuries victims suffer as a result of dog attacks or bites in Pennsylvania.
In addition to the owners, other parties may be responsible as well, such as dog breeders and trainers. See Liability Beyond The Dog Owner: Other Parties May Be Responsible For Your Injuries From A Dog Bite/Attack (Part A)
If you were attacked by a dog in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, it is important that you speak to a dog attack injury lawyer to evaluate your case. Dog attack cases require thorough investigation to determine the responsible parties and whether there is insurance coverage. In addition, if there are investigation reports from the County Health Department or the police, they need to be obtained.
The personal injury lawyers at White and Williams have helped numerous victims of dog attacks and bites in Pennsylvania. Feel free to contact Dan O'Brien, Esquire to discuss your dog attack.