Proven Radnor Dog Bite Attorney with a Personal Touch
Perhaps no country in the world loves dogs more than America does, and for quite understandable reasons. Radnor, PA, home of Villanova University, Eastern University, and many other attractions, is no exception, due largely to its suburban landscape and relatively high standard of living.
But every benefit seems to carry with it a corresponding liability, and the same is true with dog ownership. Every day in the US, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for serious dog bites. Chances are, someone in the US will visit the emergency room for a dog bite before you even finish reading this article.
About half of all dog bite victims are children. The younger they are, the more likely they are to be bitten, even if for no other reason than the fact that a young child simply lacks the understanding of the potential danger that a dog represents. A dog bite can cause serious physical injuries, and it can leave lifelong emotional scars. Chances are you have met someone with an uncontrollable, pathological fear of dogs, for example.
Radnor Dog Bite Law
Pennsylvania case law on dog bite liability is complex and nuanced. Generally speaking, however, a dog owner is often liable for injuries caused by his dog even if the dog has never acted aggressively before. It has been held in some cases that there is no liability on the dog owner for an injury if the owner was not negligent or if there was no violation of the Dog Law (e.g., no leash). However, if the injury is significant, then you do not need to show negligence or a violation of the Dog Law in order to hold the dog owner responsible. An experienced Radnor dog bite lawyer can help you sort through these subtle legal nuances.
There are two main defenses to a dog bite claim: provocation and trespassing. If either of these two defenses are proven, the owner cannot be held liable. Even innocent provocation is a defense – accidentally stepping on a dog’s tail, for example. And obviously, a burglar (trespasser) cannot sue a property owner for dog bite injuries.
The Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania for filing a dog bite lawsuit is two (2) years after the date of the injury; except that those who were under 18 at the time of the attack have until their 20th birthday. If you miss this deadline, your claim will become worthless.
About Jeffrey H. Penneys
Once you retain Jeffrey H. Penneys, he will spring into action to obtain fair compensation for you – preferably through private settlement, but litigation if necessary. Ultimately, however, it is the clients who are the proper judges of the quality of a Radnor dog bite attorney. In that regard, Mr. Penneys enjoys a perfect 5.0 rating (5 out of 5 stars) by Google Reviews, based on nearly a hundred reviews.
“Jeff is down to earth, like a personal friend. I feel super comfortable in his presence and also with his knowledge of the law. I would and will highly recommend him to friends and family.” – Raymond
In addition to dog bite claims, Jeffrey H. Penneys handles all manners of personal injury cases, including:
- Wrongful Death
- Medical Malpractice
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- SEPTA Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What kind of lawyer do I need for a dog bite claim?
Since a dog bite claim is a type of personal injury claim, it is not a good idea to retain a trusts and estates lawyer or an intellectual property attorney. You need a personal injury attorney, preferably one with extensive experience handling dog bite claims.
What will a Radnor dog bite lawyer do for me?
A dog bite attorney will:
- Thoroughly investigate your claim, including any unique aspects;
- Apply the facts to the law;
- Contact the dog owner and the homeowner’s insurance company to demand full compensation (including compensation for pain and suffering);
- Try to negotiate a private settlement;
- File a lawsuit if settlement negotiations reach a deadlock; and
- Proceed to trial as a last resort, if necessary.
What is the average settlement for a dog bite claim?
The average dog bite recovery is about $37,000, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Remember that, usually, only serious injuries result in insurance payments – trivial dog bites are mostly not included in compiling this statistic.
Will a successful dog bite claim drive my neighbor into bankruptcy?
No. The claim will be paid by your neighbor’s homeowner’s insurance policy or renter’s insurance policy.
What if I can’t afford to hire a Radnor dog bite attorney?
Your finances are not an issue with us. Jeffrey H. Penneys works on a contingency basis, meaning that you will not be charged a dime unless he wins your case and you actually receive the money. Fees are based on a percentage of the amount you win.
Let’s Make it Happen Together
Now is not the time to sit idly by to let your claim weaken as time passes. Contact Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq. by calling or by contacting us online for a free, no-obligation case review. We serve clients in Eastern Cabrini, Matsonford, the Panhandle Connection, Villanova, Wayne, and elsewhere in Radnor, Radnor Township, and Delaware County, Pennsylvania.