As An Experienced Pennsylvania Dog Bite Lawyer I Am Surprised At How Many Lawyers and Self Proclaimed Dog Bite Experts Don’t Know That Pennsylvania Law No Longer Recognizes The “One Free Bite" Rule Before The Owner Can Be Held Liable
Since 1979, I have represented many individuals who have been attacked or mauled by dogs in Pennsylvania. Sadly many of the dog bite victims represented by the experienced Pennsylvania dog bite lawyers of Reiff & Bily are children who are left with permanent reminders in the form of physical disfigurement and scars, as well as broken bones. Many times reconstructive surgery is required and the victim is left with lifetime impediment reminders of the dog bite accident.
I receive calls from other attorneys handling dog bite cases who believe that a dog gets one free bite before the owner can be held liable for a dog attack. This is simply not true. Recent legislative amendments and Superior Court findings enable a jury to consider whether the first attack is enough to establish liability regarding whether a dog has a violent propensity or tendency to attack a human being. The Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have held that owners must take all necessary steps to secure dogs and keep them from harming others and further note that a landlord who knows of the presence of a dangerous animal may be held liable for injuries caused by the attack of a tenant’s dog.
In a case one of our experienced philadelphia dog bite lawyers is currently handling, renters had made numerous complaints to the landlord of a premise about the existence of a dangerous dog who had attacked others. The landlord repeatedly failed, refused, and neglected to take any action or have the dog removed and subsequent thereto our client, a beautiful young model, was attacked and left with permanent scars which will drastically affect her ability to earn a living, not to mention the psychological trauma and permanent scarring coupled with medical expenses for reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Not all lawyers are equal when it comes to handling dog bite cases, and the experienced Pennsylvania dog bite lawyers of Reiff & Bily have over three decades of experience on their side handling some of the most challenging scar and dog bite cases. We always offer a free, no obligation consultation. Recently our skilled catastrophic scar injury and dog bite lawyers have joined forces with the legendary Beasley Firm to create the Beasley Reiff Law Group. Together our attorneys have been awarded over $2 billion dollars since the mid-1950's. For more information contact us toll free at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.