Free Consultation

Submit this form to have your case
reviewed by our attorney.

Dog Attacks

Most dogs prove deserving of the common distinction of being “man’s best friend.” However, millions of Americans are bitten by dogs every year. Sometimes these bites can result in extremely serious injuries.

When people are bitten by dogs, they can find themselves suddenly struggling to get help covering medical bills and other expenses that were the direct result of the bites. In addition to difficulty dealing with insurance companies, dog owners may also be unwilling to help and attempt to dismiss their liability.

West Chester Dog Attacks Lawyer

Did you or your loved one sustain severe injuries after being attacked by another party’s dog? It is critical that you contact an experienced dog attack attorney before making any statements to insurance companies.

Ciccarelli Law Offices helps dog bite victims all over Chester County as well as surrounding areas in Lancaster County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, and Montgomery County. We understand that there can be tremendous confusion and stress in the immediate aftermath of one of these incidents, which is why our firm makes it a priority to take on most of the burdens associated with filing these claims so you and your family can focus on recovery.

You do not need to accept the first settlement that you are offered, and we will fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Our firm can review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (610) 719-3190 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

Pennsylvania Dog Attacks Information Center

Back to top

Chester County Dog Attack Laws

Most dog bite victims in the Keystone State are entitled to compensation. The amount of compensation depends on whether the canine was classified as a dangerous dog and the extent of the victim’s injuries.

Under Pennsylvania’s Dog Law (P.L.784, No.225), a dangerous dog is defined in Section 502-A as:

  • Having done one or more of the following:
    • Inflicted severe injury on a human being without provocation on public or private property.
    • Killed or inflicted severe injury on a domestic animal without provocation while off the owner’s property.
    • Attacked a human being without provocation.
    • Been used in the commission of a crime.
  • Has either or both of the following:
    • A propensity to attack human beings and/or domestic animals without provocation. A propensity to attack may be proven by a single incident of the conduct described above.
    • A history of attacking human beings and/or domestic animals without provocation.

If the dog has not bitten before and does not satisfy any of the above conditions, an attack victim could still be entitled to compensation. If the victim’s injuries are considered severe, then he or she is entitled to recover medical bills and other losses such as lost wages or pain and suffering. Under Section 102 of the Dog Law, a severe injury is defined as “any physical injury that results in broken bones or disfiguring lacerations requiring multiple sutures or cosmetic surgery.” If an injury is not severe, a victim could still be entitled to compensation for his or her medical bills.

Back to top

What Victims Should Do After Pennsylvania Dog Attacks

Dog bites or attacks can cause potentially catastrophic injuries requiring extensive surgeries or repeated visits to hospitals. Some of the possible injuries may include, but are not limited to:

  • Abrasions
  • Avulsion Injury
  • Broken Bones
  • Facial Injuries
  • Fractured Bones
  • Infections
  • Lacerations
  • Punctures
  • Severed Limbs
  • Permanent Disability
  • Permanent Scarring
  • Physical Disfigurement
  • Wrongful Death

If you or your loved one has been attacked or bitten by another party’s dog, it is important to take certain steps in the immediate aftermath so you will be able to recover compensation. You can help your case by doing the following after one of these incidents:

  • File Reports — Contact the police and the local animal control authority so there are independent accounts of the incident.
  • Get Information — Record the names, phone numbers, and additional contact information of the dog’s owner and any witnesses. For your own reference, also be sure to write down the specific time and location of the incident.
  • Take Pictures — Try to get as many photographs as possible of the dog, the location of the incident, and anything else that seems relevant to your case. Be especially sure to take pictures of your injuries before they have time to heal.
  • Seek Medical Attention — Even if you believe that your injuries are not particularly severe, you will want a doctor to document your case and also be sure that you are not susceptible to any possible infections.
  • Contact a Pennsylvania Dog Attack Lawyer — You will want somebody representing your best interests when you begin getting calls from insurance companies.

Back to top

Importance of Hiring Chester County Dog Attacks Attorney

Too often, people who were victims of dog bites decide not to hire legal representation to handle their attack claims. This is often because many individuals are under the assumption that they will be able to keep more of their settlement by not having to pay a lawyer.

However, nobody is happier about these types of attack victims representing themselves than the insurance companies resolving these claims. This is because insurance adjusters will often get people to accept settlements that are substantially less than what the victims are truly entitled to.

By having legal representation, you will give yourself the best chance at recovering far more compensation for all of your immediate and long-term needs. Some of the benefits of having an attorney in these cases include their ability to do the following:

  • Calculate the actual long-term cost of your injuries
  • Collect evidence, such as any previous dangerous behavior by the dog
  • Determine if other parties may be liable
  • Hire relevant experts
  • Provide experienced handling of all settlement negotiations with insurance companies

It is important to note that hiring a lawyer does not mean that you will automatically be filing a lawsuit that takes several years to reach a conclusion. In most cases, attorneys can settle these cases with insurance companies relatively quickly.

Back to top

Pennsylvania Dog Attack Resources

Chester County Animal Bites — You can learn about the Chester County Health Department’s Rules and Regulations regarding animal bites on this website. There are also links to report animal bites and find information about rabies.

313 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 344-6000

Chester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) — This website contains links to the Pennsylvania Dog Law as well as commonly asked questions about Dog Law Reform. You can also find information about shelters, hospitals, and animal protection.

1212 Phoenixville Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 692-6113

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals — The Dog Bite Prevention page of this website for the nationwide nonprofit organization has a wealth of information about ways to increase safety and reduce risks of dog bites. There are recommendations for parents and pet guardians as well as steps to take before and after you get a dog.

Back to top

Find the Best Dog Attacks Lawyer in West Chester

If you or a loved one recently sustained serious injuries after being attacked or bitten by a dog, you should immediately contact Ciccarelli Law Offices. Our a skilled dog attack attorneys work as a team and handle cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing unless we get you compensation.

Our firm proudly fights for clients in Chester County, including such communities as West Chester, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Square, Malvern, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, and Lancaster. Call (610) 719-3190 right now to set up a free, no obligation consultation that will let us review your case and see how we can help.