Dog Bites

Everyone knows the saying that a man’s best friend is his dog, but another person’s best friend may not be yours. Every year, a large number of Americans suffer dog bites and are injured, some even die from their wounds. More often than not, a bite is the fault of the dog’s owner. Anyone who chooses to own a pet assumes the responsibility for its behavior. A dog needs to be well bred, well socialized, and well trained. Certain irresponsible breeding practices may predispose dogs to bite, especially breeding dogs and in particular, pit bulls, to be vicious for fighting in the ring (“game-bred” pits). The truth is, any dog can bite. Every dog should be exposed to people of various genders, ages, and races from puppyhood, and should have basic obedience training. No dog should be left around a young child without supervision, and when the mail carrier, tradesperson, or delivery person is expected, dogs should be restrained appropriately. If you were attacked by a dog due to owner negligence, reach out to a Philadelphia dog bite lawyer at Hill & Associates. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for dog bite victims and their families.

Dog Bite Statistics

The following figures are statistics on dog bites in the United States:

  • Sixty-five million dogs reside in the United States
  • Every year, on average, 5 million people report suffering dog bites
  • 800,000 of those bitten are serious enough to need medical attention
  • Half of all dog bite victims are children
  • Nearly 6,000 dog bite victims are postal workers

Many dog bites go unreported, and the victims never receive compensation, so these figures may represent only the tip of the iceberg.

The Cost of Bites

Dog bites are covered under most homeowner’s insurance policies. Nationwide, about a third of all liability claims made under homeowner’s insurance policies are for dog bites, the Insurance Information Institute reports. One homeowner’s insurance carrier reported paying out more than $136 million in a single year on almost 4,500 dog bite claims. However, insurers often fight these claims. At Hill & Associates, we have a long track record of obtaining financial compensation from insurance agencies. We are a client-centered and results-oriented Philadelphia personal injury law firm and we are committed to justice for anyone who has been injured due to another’s negligence or wrongdoing in Pennsylvania.

Steps to Take After a Bite

If a dog bites you, don’t join the ranks of the uncompensated. Get yourself to a seasoned Philadelphia dog bite lawyer who knows how to go about getting you fairly compensated for all of your damages, including the cost of medical treatment, medical supplies, plastic and reconstructive surgery, lost time from work, and any other out-of-pocket expenses that were incurred by your injury. In addition, you have the right to be compensated for pain, scarring and disfigurement, psychological damage, and other damages that affect your quality of life.

When you’ve been bitten, you should, of course, get prompt medical attention. You should also call animal services immediately to report the bite. An animal control officer will determine who owns the dog and whether the animal has been vaccinated for rabies. An unvaccinated dog will generally be quarantined for ten days to ensure that it is not rabid. If you’ve been exposed to rabies, you will need to undergo a series of painful treatments. Fortunately, this is rare. Once you’ve reported the bite and received treatment, call a good Philadelphia dog bite attorney right away.

Top Dog Bite Lawyers in Philadelphia, PA

In Philadelphia and the surrounding area, don’t waste any time in calling Hill & Associates for the professional legal representation you need in pursuing fair compensation for your damages. We are aggressive, competent, and passionate advocates for the injured and are committed to recovering the greatest possible amount of money for every one of our injured clients. We have an excellent record of helping thousands of clients obtain compensation for all types of accidents and injuries, including those resulting from dog attacks.

Schedule a Consultation with a Philadelphia Dog Bite Lawyer

At Hill & Associates, we offer a no cost, no obligation case evaluation in which we will answer all of your injury-related questions and explain what legal options are available to you when you or a family member has been bitten by a dog. All injury cases are signed up on a contingency-fee basis, so you will never pay us a cent unless, and until, we have obtained financial recovery for you. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable dog bite attorney in Philadelphia, PA, call (215) 567-7600 today.


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