Northumberland County

Mt. Carmel Dog Bite Attorneys 

At The Law Offices of Anthony Urban, we understand the complexities surrounding dog owner liability and Pennsylvania leash laws. We recognize that dog ownership brings joy and companionship, but it also comes with responsibilities to control a dog. Dog owners must confine their dogs to their premises or behind fences, and not permit their dog to escape; dog owners must also restrain their dogs on a collar or harness and a leash.  If they fail to do so, the dog owner may be negligent per se.  Whether you are a dog owner facing a liability claim or If you are a victim of a dog attack, our experienced attorneys are here to provide you with skilled legal representation.

Dog Owner Liability in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, dog owners can be held liable for injuries caused by their dogs under the state's dog bite statute. According to Pennsylvania law, a dog owner is strictly liable for any injuries their dog inflicts on another person or domestic animal, regardless of the dog's prior behavior or the owner's knowledge of such behavior. Pennsylvania does not follow the “one free bite” rule.  This means that if a dog attacks another person or animal, the owner can be held responsible for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Pennsylvania Leash Law Requirements

Pennsylvania law requires dog owners to keep their dogs under control at all times. This includes keeping dogs on a leash when they are outside of the owner's property. Failure to comply with Pennsylvania's leash laws can result in fines and other penalties. Additionally, Pennsylvania law prohibits dogs from running at large, meaning they must be confined to the owner's property or under the owner's control at all times

Landlord Liability for Dangerous Dogs

Landlords in Pennsylvania may also face liability if they knew or should have known that their tenant's dog was dangerous. Under Pennsylvania's Act 119 harboring dangerous dog statute, landlords can be held liable for injuries caused by a tenant's dangerous dog if they were aware of the dog's dangerous propensities and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent harm. This could include actions such as evicting the tenant or requiring the tenant to remove the dog from the premises.

Investigation and Legal Action:

If you have been injured in a dog attack or your dog has been attacked by another dog, it is important to take the following steps:

  1. Obtain Veterinarian Records: Work with the dog warden, Department of Agriculture, or Department of Health to obtain the attacking dog's veterinarian records, including any history of aggressive behavior or prior attacks.
  2. Speak to Neighbors: Talk to neighbors about the attacking dog's behavior, including any prior instances of aggression, such as lunging or barking, or previous bites.
  3. Check for Video Evidence: Inquire with neighbors to see if they have security cameras, such as Ring cameras or home security systems, that may have captured the dog attack on video.
  4. Find Witnesses: Identify and speak with any witnesses to the dog attack who may be able to provide valuable testimony regarding the incident.     

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You have a limited period of time to file a lawsuit but even a shorter time to complete an investigation to preserve evidence.  If you have been injured in a dog attack by an uncontrolled dog of an irresponsible or are facing liability as a dog owner or landlord, don't wait to seek legal representation. Contact The Law Offices of Anthony Urban today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We will fight to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.    

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At The Law Offices of Anthony Urban, P.C. we offer free initial consultations on personal injury work comp or SSI appeal related inquiry or matter. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. Our team is able to meet you on evening, weekends, and even in your home or a hospital if you are unable to come to us.
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