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We Help You Deal with the Legal Implications of a Dog Bite Injury
Many people love our furry friends, but one thing is certain… whether you’ve been bitten by a dog or you own a dog who bit someone, dog bites can have serious physical, legal, and financial consequences.
The first step to dealing with the legal implications of a dog bite is to understand the law. It’s often assumed that certain breeds like Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Mastiffs, and German Shepherds are more aggressive and likely to bite, but when it comes to dog bites, breed is not a factor the law considers.
What the law does consider is whether the owner has taken all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure safety. These generally include keeping dogs leashed while off the owner’s property, and taking measures to keep them from escaping the property and running loose.
If you own a dog and are aware your dog may have a propensity to bite, you are required to take additional precautions like posting “Beware of Dog” signs, preventing the dog from having access to unsuspecting guests who may enter the property, and using a muzzle. Having prior knowledge of your dog snarling or growling at humans or attacking another animal may be enough for you to be considered responsible for a bite injury, and liable for criminal fines and penalties in addition to monetary damages to the injured person.
Dog Bite Victims:
If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. In order to be compensated, however, you have to prove that the dog’s owner is liable for its actions. The Fegley Law Firm can help you win your case by conducting an investigation to determine if the owner had prior knowledge of the dog’s behavior. This typically includes obtaining police reports, witness and neighbor statements, adoption records, and veterinarian records.
Why Scott Fegley Is the Right Dog Bite Attorney to Handle Your Case
Scott Fegley is the son of veterinarians, with 37 years of experience representing both dog owners and persons injured by dog bites. Attorney Scott Fegley understands what’s at stake for both sides. The Fegley Law Firm puts their experience to work to sift through the often emotionally charged situation and determine how the law can help you best in the aftermath of a dog bite.
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, or if your dog has bitten someone, turn to The Fegley Law Firm. Contact us or give us a call at (215) 493-8287 to schedule a Free Consultation.