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Pennsylvania Dog Attacks & Children - By A Phila. PA Personal Injury Lawyer

As the summer winds down and with many PA summer camps ending last week, many kids will be at home before school starts in September.  As such, many kids will be playing outside in front of their houses, in their backyards or at nearby playgrounds.  When parents let their kids play outside, they should supervise their kids to prevent accidents and injuries.  One type of accident that may happen is a dog attack.  There have been many news reports where children are playing outside and attacked by a dog that escaped from its home or fenced in front or backyard.  If parents aren’t there to watch the kids outside, serious injuries and fatalities can occur.

Just last week, a 3 year old was attacked by a neighbor’s dogs while playing on the deck with his 8 year old brother in Colorado.  Fortunately, the boys were with a babysitter at the time.  While the babysitter and the 2 boys were on the deck, two black Briard dogs came up on the deck.  The babysitter tried to get the dogs to go home.  The 3 year old ran and while he was running, one of the dogs attacked him.

The babysitter intervened by trying to pull the dog off the boy when it began to attack her.  The babysitter shielded the boy from the dog while it attacked and dragged her across a neighbor’s yard. 

The boy had 36 stiches on his left leg.  The babysitter suffered from bites and gashes that go down to the bones on both arms and in her leg. She spent 4 days in the hospital.

Pennsylvania Dog Attack Law

We see similar dog attacks, i.e., dogs escaping from their homes and attacking people and children, reported in the news in Pennsylvania as well.  Therefore, if you let your children out to play, make sure they are supervised.

When victims are attacked by dogs after escaping from their homes or fenced in yards, the dog owners’ may be responsible for the victims’ injuries and damages.

Pennsylvania’s dog bite law requires dog owners to keep their dogs under proper and adequate control.  The dogs must be:

  • confined to an owner’s property; or
  • maintained within reasonable control of the owner or another person.

Consider the following: a dog owner knew that his dog was able to get out of a fenced in yard because one of the slats on the fence was broken; however, he does not fix the broken slat and continues to let the dog out in the yard.  A couple of weeks later, the dog escapes again and attacks a child playing outside her house down the street.  The owner will most likely be responsible because he did not keep his dog under adequate control under PA dog bite law.  The owner knew that the dog was escaping from the yard, yet failed to fix the fence which led to the attack.

Victims may recover for the following damages in a PA dog attack injury lawsuit:

  • past and future medical expenses,
  • lost wages, if any, and
  • pain and suffering.

Prevent Dog Bites & Attacks Of Children In PA

Parents should never leave a child alone with a dog.  It doesn’t matter if it is a family dog, a grandparent’s dog or a friend’s dog.  Just because it’s a dog you know or a family dog doesn’t mean that it will not attack a child.  We’ve seen this happen many times.  Dogs are unpredictable, and children are unpredictable.  A toddler learning to walk may walk over to the dog but wobble and suddenly tumble toward the dog.  This sudden movement may scare the dog and provoke the dog to attack.  Dogs may also attack children because of their size.  Dogs may perceive children as play toys.  Therefore, they may bite the child and try to throw them around.

If parents are thinking of getting a dog as a family pet, they should research the breed.  Some breeds of dogs do better with children, while other breeds may not.

Help After A PA Dog Attack

If you were bitten by a dog and would like to explore your legal rights, call Daniel J. O’Brien, Esq., an experienced PA dog bite injury lawyer.  Mr. O’Brien has extensive experience in helping dog bite victims and has helped victims recover the maximum financial recovery available. Call Mr. O’Brien at 877.944.8396 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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Source: www.ksat.com (Nanny saves boy from savage dog attack)

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