If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, contact us right away for a free consultation and case evaluation. We are dog owners ourselves and while we love dogs, we also understand that people need to be compensated after a vicious animal attack. We’re also familiar with how insurers attempt to deny claims or even blame innocent victims for their injuries after suffering a dog attack.
Thanksgiving Day pit bull attack
An article posted on Philly.com stated that a man was attacked on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017, in North Philadelphia. The details in the article are vague but apparently the dogs were still mauling the man when police arrived because they were forced to open fire on the dogs, terminating one of them. The man was transported to Temple University Hospital but tragically, he later succumbed to his injuries.
An NBC10 report claims that the dog attack victim knew the owner of the dogs.
Common defenses insurers use
After any dog bite, injury or death, most insurance companies are going to attempt to blame the person who was attacked by the dogs. In Pennsylvania, insurance companies have two defenses they often go to:
People could be invited on to a property, ringing a doorbell, or simply welcome over at a friend’s home. Or maybe the homeowner has a chair or picnic table out for neighbors to use. Even if this is the case, an insurer may try to accuse someone of trespassing.
Insurers also like to blame people for “provoking” the dog. While this may be a completely legitimate defense, it is overused by insurers. For example, a small child could be gently tugging on a dog’s tail. Is this provoking or completely normal and expected behavior?
If you are attacked by a dog
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a pit bull or any other type of dog, contact Philadelphia Dog Bite Lawyer Edit Pearce right away. Edith Pearce is the daughter of a veterinarian and used to work with an insurance company and now helps dog bite victims in Philadelphia. She knows all the “tricks of the trade” when it comes to dog bite liability.