With 2014 just beginning, there have been two fatalities already due to dog attacks/bites in the U.S. The first dog bite fatality happened on January 6, 2014. A 43 year old woman was mauled to death by several pit bull mixes on a street in Southeast Houston, Texas. The woman suffered blunt force trauma and major injuries to her neck and upper extremities. A man tried to help her but the dogs also attacked the man. According to news reports, when the man arrived, the woman was apparently already dead. *Source: www.abclocal.go.com/ktrk (Woman killed by dogs in southeast Houston remembered as investigation continues)
At first, witnesses thought the pit bulls were stray dogs, but two of the dogs have an owner who has been cited for allowing the dogs to run at large.
This past Friday afternoon in Bloomington, Illinois, a 4 year old girl was attacked and tragically killed by family dogs in her home. She too was attacked by pit bulls and died of massive blood loss and multiple bites to her head, neck and arms. The girl was home with her grandmother and 2 year old sister. When the grandmother tried to separate the dogs from her, the dogs turned on her. The grandmother then tried to protect the 2 year old sister. *Source: www.pantagraph.com ('Happy little girl' dies after attack by family dogs)
Though the laws of every state vary from each other, dog owners may be liable for dog attacks and injuries sustained by victims.
In Pennsylvania, dog owners have to comply with a “leash law.” The law does not require the dogs to be leashed, but it does require the dogs to be under proper and adequate control. In other words, the dogs must be:
Therefore, if the first tragic dog attack was in Pennsylvania, the dog owner may be liable for the death of the woman for violating Pennsylvania’s leash law. If the owner let the dogs roam free or knew that the dogs often escaped from the home, the owner would probably be found liable for the death of the woman in a Pennsylvania wrongful death lawsuit.
In many dog attack and dog bite cases, victims are often attacked by dogs they know. This is especially true when it comes to young children. They may be attacked by a family dog, a relative’s dog or even a babysitter’s dog. In these situations, the child may have legal rights against the dog owners even if the owner is a relative or a babysitter. Each dog attack is different, and it is important to talk to a personal injury lawyer who knows the intricacies of Pennsylvania’s dog law.
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If you or someone you know was attacked and bitten by a dog in Pennsylvania, feel free to contact me at 877.944.8396. We will discuss the dog attack and the legal options you may have against the dog owner, and sometimes even dog breeders or trainers.