Philadelphia Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog bites and other injuries from animal attacks can be both serious and traumatic, especially for children. Dog bite injuries for children and adults may include disfiguring facial injuries, broken bones, lacerations, puncture wounds, rabies treatment, plastic surgery, mental and emotional trauma, and even death. Often the pet owner will turn any claim over to their homeowners’ insurance policy. It is a good idea to have a strong advocate on your side to deal with the insurance company.

In Pennsylvania, if a dog bites a victim without being provoked, the victim can recover for serious injuries. This was not always the case under Pennsylvania Dog Laws. Before Pennsylvania’s Dog Law was amended, a person had a difficult time recovering injuries under what became known as the “one free bite” rule. This rule made a victim prove that the dog had bitten before. This is no longer the case under Pennsylvania’s dog law.

dog biteIf a dog bite results in a severe injury, the victim can recover all losses and legal damages under Pennsylvania’s strict liability dog bite law. Under the Pennsylvania statute, a “severe injury” is “any physical injury that results in broken bones or disfiguring lacerations requiring multiple sutures or cosmetic surgery.” To recover after being attacked or bitten, the victim must prove that the dog inflicted severe injury without provocation. It does not matter in Pennsylvania if the dog previously bit a person prior to biting this victim.

Experience and Expertise

Philadelphia dog bite lawyer Edith Pearce is the daughter of a veterinarian and has a unique understanding of dog breeds; issues regarding animals; and the ins and outs of Pennsylvania’s dog laws. Before deciding to represent injured dog bite victims, Edith Pearce spent over ten years working as an attorney for an insurance company and defense firm. She knows all the “tricks of the trade” from the other side of the fence and knows how to navigate through the complexities and defenses of insurance companies in order to obtain full and fair compensation for injuries, medical bills, other losses, trauma and suffering.

In today’s environment, you need not only a Philadelphia dog bite lawyer with proven results, you need an exceptionally intelligent lawyer. As a member of MENSA, the high IQ society, Edith A. Pearce Esq. is not afraid to take on the largest insurance companies and handle the most complex personal injury cases in Philadelphia. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Philadelphia dog bite lawyer Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case the firm handles from start to finish. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file. Click here to download our Complete Guide to Dog Bites.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the dog that bit me be euthanized?

In most cases, no. However, Pennsylvania law does allow the local authorities to take control of a dog to make sure it’s not a danger to others, and if it has no history of aggression or violence, then it will be returned to the owner. In some rare cases, if the dog is determined to be a danger to the public, the law allows it to be put down.

Who pays for a dog bite injury?

Generally, the owner of the dog bears responsibility for any damages done by a dog attack. In some cases, the dog might have been under the control of a dow walker or someone other than the owner, and this person might also bear some responsibility.

Do I need an attorney for a dog bite injury?

Most people have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance that will pay for dog bite injuries. Insurance companies know the law, and they hire expensive top-tiered attorneys to defend their clients. It’s best to have someone on your side who is experienced and successful in handling dog bite cases.

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The Compensation You Deserve

If you or your child has been the victim of a dog bite or other pet attack, experienced Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer, Edith Pearce and The Pearce Law Firm is waiting to thoroughly investigate your accident and work diligently to arrive at a timely settlement or proceed to trial to obtain the compensation you deserve.

We are dedicated to protecting your rights and obtaining full and fair compensation for you.

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Dog Bites: Prevention, Attacks, and Litigation

Top 9 Dangerous Dog Breeds:

  • Great Danes
  • Chow Chows
  • German Shepherds
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Rottweilers
  • Pit Bulls
  • Mastiffs
  • Malamutes
  • Huskies

Warning Signs

  • The brow is furrowed, and the dog’s eyes are rolled back so that the whites are visable
  • The dog stares intensely, or begins backing away as it looks at you
  • The dog flicks its tongue or yawns
  • The dog’s head and ears are pulled back
  • The dog’s body is tense and its tail is stiff

What To Do

  • Give the dog something else to bite on
  • If nothing else, extend your arm to prevent a bite on a major artery
  • Do not struggle or pull free
  • Punch the dog in the throat, jab its eyes with your thumbs, give a hard kick to its legs, ribs or backside

Medical Care

  • For minor wounds: Use soap and water to clean the wound. Apply an antibiotic cream or lotion, and cover the wound with a sterile bandage or cloth. If the wound becomes painful, red, or inflamed, or if you suspect the dog that bit you may have been at risk for rabies, contact a physician immediately.
  • For deep wounds: Stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a clean, dry cloth, and seek medical treatment by your family physician. If the wound continues to bleed, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. Either you or your doctor should be sure to take photographs of your wounds in order to document the nature and severity of your injuries.

The Litigation Process

  • File the complaint. In order to receive compensation for damages as a result of the attack, you would be required to initiation a personal injury case with the filing of a complaint.
  • Discovery. Discovery in civil cases is when each side submits to questioning and discloses any evidence they have pertaining to the case.
  • Arbitration. The arbitrator will hear the issues surrounding the case, and make recommendations on how the case should be settled. Arbitration is not binding, so if you or your attorney don’t agree with the opinion of the arbitrator, a jury trial can be requested.
  • Jury trial. If the case can’t be settled at a settlement conference with a judge, the jury selection process will begin, and a trial will be scheduled.


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