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DOG BITE LAWYER
Dogs can be our closest companions. In the United States, over 36% of households own at least one dog. Dogs can decrease stress, increase our exercise level and are playmates for our children. But sometimes dogs bite. In addition to the pain caused by the bite, bites can result in nerve damage, scarring and sometimes lead to infection.
Children are more likely than an adult to be bitten by a dog. The injuries sustained by children are often much more severe. Nearly 1 in 5 people bitten by a dog requires medical attention. Now it's more important than ever to have a dog bite lawyer in Scranton you can trust.
Dog bites are the most common kind of animal bite seen in the United States.
Approximately 885,000 people are bitten by dogs each year. Dog attacks are terrifying. Unfortunately, dog bites often happen with little to no warning.
What are your legal options if you are bitten by a dog? Call Shane Scanlon Law for a free case evaluation.
What do I do following a dog bite?
The first thing to do following a dog attack is to get away from the dog and to a safe place. Quickly asses your injuries and determine if you need emergency help. You next need to find out who is the dog’s owner and get their contact information. You need to find out if the dog is up to date on all vaccinations. You then need to report the dog bite to the local police and animal control office.
Pennsylvania follows “strict liability” in regard to dog ownership. Strict liability means that the dog’s owner is responsible for any injury caused by their dog. If the dog has never bitten someone before, the injuries that result can be classified in 2 ways: severe or non-severe. A severe injury is defined as an injury that results in broken bones or disfiguring lacerations that require sutures or cosmetic surgery. If the bite is deemed to be severe than the victim can file a claim for medical expenses, legal damages, and other losses (emotional pain, etc.). If the bite is deemed to be non-severe, the victim can still file a claim however they are limited to recovery of medical expenses only.
Call Shane Scanlon Law Today
If you or a loved has been attacked by a dog please contact the team at Shane Scanlon Law today at (570) 955-4505 to speak to an experienced and knowledgeable Scranton Dog Bite attorney about your case.