Dog Bite Attorneys in Wilkes-Barre
Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). 800,000 dog bite victims will need to seek medical attention, and of that number, tragically half are children who may be left with permanent scarring or life-threatening injuries. Dog bites may not only cause serious injuries, such as facial disfigurement, nerve damage, eye injuries, amputation or emotional trauma, but they can also become infected, leaving a person at risk for serious illness, such as rabies or hepatitis.
Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their pets do not harm anyone; unfortunately not all pet owners are responsible individuals. Victims of dog bites and dog attacks caused by the negligence of a dog owner are entitled to compensation for their injuries. Compensation is based on the severity and permanence of the injuries, as well as the level of pain and suffering, lost wages, etc.
Pennsylvania Dog Laws
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture oversees the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Pennsylvania has specific laws for what they consider a dangerous dog, or one that attacked or inflicted severe injury on a human being without provocation, killed or injured another domestic animal without provocation while off the owners property, or been used in the commission of the crime. If a dog is considered dangerous because of it’s propensity to attack human beings and/or domestic animals without provocation, it must be registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement and confined in a proper enclosure.
Dangerous Dog Breeds
The CDC has listed the most dangerous dog breeds as:
- Pit bull
- German Shepherd
- Alaskan Malamute
- Doberman Pinscher
- Great Dane
- Saint Bernard
Research from DogsBite.org found that during the 11-year period from 2005-2015, pit bulls and Rotweilers and their mixes accounted for 76% of all fatal dog attacks. Fatal pit bull attacks were more than double that of Rottweilers.
Contact the Dog Bite Injury Lawyers at Distasio & Kowalski
At Distasio & Kowalski, we seek justice for dog bite victims in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and throughout Pennsylvania. Let us put our experience to work for you. If you or someone you love have been bitten or seriously injured in a dog attack, contact the personal injury lawyers at Distasio & Kowalski. Our experienced legal team will help