Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Representing Victims Across NJ and PA
Unlike other practice areas, under Pennsylvania law, the owner of a dog that attacks a person may be held responsible. However, it must still be shown that the owner of the dog knew his or her dog had a “vicious propensity.” In other words, it must be shown that the owner knew or should have known that the dog was vicious or dangerous.
The “One Free Bite” Rule Is Not True
Defendants often attempt to argue they are not responsible for a dog attack if the dog never bit anyone in the past. This is due to the mistaken belief that a dog is entitled to “one free bite” before an owner knows the dog is potentially vicious. However, this is simply not true.
There is no such thing as “one free bite” under Pennsylvania law. (Deardorff v. Berger, 606 A. 2d 489). A dog can be shown to have vicious propensities without biting anyone. If an owner knows his or her dog lunges at people, snaps at people, barks loudly, or is difficult to control, such facts may be enough to show that the dog was potentially dangerous. Very often an investigation is needed into the history of the dog and the owner’s actions in training, socializing, handling and exercising the dog in order to help show the dog’s likelihood of biting someone.
Finding All Potential Parties
Philadelphia’s dog bite lawyer John Mattiacci and the firm make every effort to identify everyone who may be responsible for a dog bite. This includes not only the owner of the dog but also dog walkers, the landlord of the property where the dog is kept or was located, the breeder or seller of the dog, and any person that trained the dog.
Contact John Mattiacci today for a free consultation.