A dog attack is an especially traumatic. Whether you knew the animal or not, you may find yourself in a state of confusion after the incident. You will most likely have a lot of questions. Naturally, it is best to speak with a dog attack attorney for answers.
However, while you wait for your consultation, you can review these common dog attack questions and answers to learn more about the process of holding owners liable for their dogs.
Most Common Questions and Answers about Dog Attacks
Below are some of the more frequently asked questions that attorney Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq. hears from clients regarding their dog attack case.
- What is considered the most dangerous dog breeds? Different dog breeds were created for different purposes. While there is no dangerous breed per se, there are breeds more apt to attack and harm an individual – especially if they are not trained properly. These breeds include pit bulls, Rottweilers, Akitas, chow chows, German shepherds, Doberman pinschers, and huskies.
- Can you prevent a dog attack? In some cases, dog attacks are preventable. For starters, walking on another person’s property without their permission can excuse the dog’s owner from liability. Therefore, you should not trespass. Also, if you see a hostile dog, do not run. Instead, back away slowly and avoid eye contact with the animal. When you stare a hostile dog in the eyes, it can make them more aggressive.
- Should I just negotiate with the insurance company instead of hiring an attorney? The issue with insurance companies is that they have a bottom line to protect. After all, they are a business. Therefore, they will not offer the compensation you deserve for your injuries and the traumatic experience. Instead, they are there to minimize losses. For a fair settlement, it is best you hire an attorney.
- Does homeowner’s insurance cover a dog attack? Yes, in most cases, homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of the attack. However, it depends on the circumstances, and how much coverage the homeowner has. Therefore, you need an attorney with experience in these types of cases to review the policy and seek alternatives for compensation when the policy is inadequate.
- Is there a one-bite rule in the state of Pennsylvania? Yes, there is a one-bite rule for the state. However, every state’s definition of “one-bite” is different. In Pennsylvania, the one-bite rule refers to dogs with a history of violent attacks. If the dog has a history of aggressive behavior or has attacked in the past, the next bite may fall under one-bite liability.
Speak with a PA Dog Attack Attorney
The only way to see if you have a case and explore your options for compensation is to talk with an injury attorney in the area. Attorney Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq. has extensive knowledge of dog attack laws in the state and has a long track record of handling such traumatic cases.
If you or a loved one was attacked by a dog and you need to speak with an attorney, contact Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq. on his cell at 215-771-0430, toll-free at 800-465-8795, or the office directly at 215-987-3550. You can also request more information online.