How to Choose a Dog Bite Injury Lawyer in Philadelphia

How to Choose a Dog Bite Injury Lawyer in Philadelphia

Found in over 65 million homes in the United States, dogs are by far the most popular household pet. Given this statistic, it should come as no surprise that dog bites and related injuries account for over 800,000 emergency room visits annually. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. each year, and in 2021 Pennsylvania was one of the top 10 states for reported dog bites. Children are, sadly, the most common victims.

The facts about dog bites.

Dog bites can be extremely serious, even leading to death. In fact, according to the CDC, deaths due to being struck or bitten by a dog more than doubled from 2018 to 2021. Injuries due to dog aggression encompass a broad range including bone fractures, facial injuries, nerve damage, soft tissue damage, disfigurement, emotional trauma, and much more. Even less severe injuries carry great pain and suffering for victims, not to mention considerable expense and loss of wages.

What do I do after a dog bite?

Seek medical attention immediately and notify animal control. If it is an emergency, dial 911 and specify the nature and cause of the injuries. Emergency dispatch will typically send both medical personnel and animal control. If you know the owner, identify them. Understanding the seriousness of dog bites, you will also want to gather as much information and evidence as you can, including photographs of your injuries, witness statements, and medical records. 

Can you seek legal remedies for dog bite injuries?

Yes. In most cases, when someone’s dog has inflicted harm on you or a loved one, there are legal options available for you to seek accountability and compensation for your injuries and damages including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering

After a serious dog attack, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who understands the nuances of liability laws. Every state’s laws regarding liability in dog bite situations are different. In Pennsylvania, both civil and criminal statutes can play a role.

How do I find a good lawyer after suffering a dog bite?

You will want to select an attorney with experience in dog bite litigation who will provide a no-cost consultation. Be prepared to answer detailed questions regarding the incident and your injuries and be ready to ask questions of the attorney so you can make an informed decision on the best attorney to represent you. Such questions may include an overview of the legal process and how the attorney expects to be compensated. During the consultation, it is important to ask yourself if this attorney is someone you can trust to handle your case competently and professionally. Dealing with injuries and associated costs in the aftermath of a dog attack can be overwhelming. Finding the right attorney to partner with is critical in successfully navigating a complex litigation system to get the relief you deserve and to hold responsible parties accountable for the safety and security of all.

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Attorney Thomas is a born advocate and represents individuals in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. She combines an extensive background in civil litigation with expert negotiation skills strengthened by her experience working both sides of the courtroom. Consistently recognized as a top lawyer by state and national organizations, Attorney Thomas is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.