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Philadelphia Dog Bite Lawyer

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Editor: Jeffrey Harlan Penneys, Esq.
Profession: Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney

October 14, 2010

By JurisHP

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How Many Dogs Can One Keep On Their Property?

Category: General Information

In the suburbs, how many dogs you keep is pretty much your own business, as long as the dogs aren't a nuisance. But many cities restrict residents to two or three dogs per household, not counting puppies less than a certain age, usually eight weeks to four months or so.

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October 24, 2009

By JurisHP

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Minors and Dogs

Category: General Information

First of all, a dog should never be chained outside unattended. Most dogs of guard or working heritage suffer personality quirks when tied and many become downright aggressive. Dogs are better off in fenced areas, where they can see the barrier between them and the world, where they can feel somewhat safe from noisy, frolicking children. In addition, many dogs instinctively equate the high-pitched sounds of children with the distress sounds of prey animals, and they react by biting the child as they would have bitten the prey animal in the wild.

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June 03, 2009

By JurisHP

CONTACT THE DOG BITE LAWYER

Category: About Us

Here is my complete contact information:

Jeffrey Harlan Penneys, Esq.
The Dog Bite Lawyer
Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, P.C.
230 S. Broad St., 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Main: 215-987-3550
Toll-free: 1-800-INJURYLAW
Cell: 215-771-0430
Website: www.thedogbitelawyer.com
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March 10, 2009

By JurisHP

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Typical Dog Bite Legal Defenses

Category: Legal

The dog owner may be able to avoid liability if the injured person:

(1) provoked the injury from the dog
(2) knowingly took the risk of being injured by the dog
(3) was trespassing
(4) was breaking the law, or
(5) was unreasonably careless, and that carelessness contributed to the injury.

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May 16, 2008

By JurisHP

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Barking Dogs

Category: General Information

Barking dogs cause all sorts of problems in any neighborhood. Usually problems can be resolved without resorting to legal measures. There is almost always a law against dogs barking, howling, or whining.

If you can't get these laws enforced to your satisfaction, you can sue the dog owner to get the nuisance stopped. Lawsuits are especially undesirable when the other party is a neighbor.


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March 18, 2008

By JurisHP

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Landlords and Dogs

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May 07, 2007

By JurisHP

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What is rabies and what should you do if bitten?

Category: General Information

What is rabies? Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the nervous system. It results in paralysis and almost certain death once the symptoms appear. Symptoms usually appear within 2 to 8 weeks after being infected.

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March 06, 2007

By JurisHP

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Dog Tag/License Renewals

Category: Miscellaneous Dog Issues

In Pennsylvania, it is imperative that owners have their dogs licensed and tagged. MANY Pennsylvania dog owners are breaking the law by failing to have their dogs tagged and licensed.

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January 18, 2007

By JurisHP

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Who is Liable?

Category: Legal

Owner Liability for Animal Bites
If an animal bites you, first determine who the owner is. In most states, the owner can be held liable for the injuries, if an animal owner knows that his or her animal is dangerous and could cause injury to a person.

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October 18, 2006

By JurisHP

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Statute of Limitations for Dog Bite Cases

Category: Legal

Statutes of limitations restrict the time period that a person can file a lawsuit. These statutes not only vary by state, but they also vary by cause of action. The following guide do not provide limitations periods for each state, but only for particular causes of action; specifically, those related to personal injury, medical malpractice, and products liability claims. The sections discussing special rules for minors only apply to the causes of action listed for that particular state.

A cause of action for wrongful death accrues on the date of death and must be filed within two years of that date.

Personal Injury Actions
A personal injury action must be filed within two years of the date when the injury occurred. In Pennsylvania, personal injury actions include medical malpractice and products liability claims. Pennsylvania does, however, have a "discovery rule," which, in limited cases, extends the time for filing a personal injury action. Under this rule, the statute of limitations will begin to run at the time the plaintiff knows, or should have known, that he or she was injured and that the injury was caused by another's conduct.

Special Rules for Minors

Except in cases of wrongful death, an "unemancipated minor" must file suit within two years of his or her 18th birthday. An "unemancipated minor" is a person under 18 who is not totally self-supporting. In cases where the minor is emancipated, at the time of the injury, he or she must file suit within two years of the date when the injury occurred.

Wrongful Death

A cause of action for wrongful death accrues on the date of death and must be filed within two years of that date.

Personal Injury Actions

A personal injury action must be filed within two years of the date when the injury occurred. Personal injury actions include medical malpractice and products liability claims. Pennsylvania does, however, have a "discovery rule," which, in limited cases, extends the time for filing a personal injury action. Under this rule, the statute of limitations will begin to run at the time the plaintiff knows, or should have known, that he or she was injured and that the injury was caused by another's conduct.

Dog Bite Law PA Statue of Limitations

September 19, 2006

By JurisHP

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Dangerous Dog Breeds

Category: Miscellaneous Dog Issues

Common dangerous dog breeds

When addressing the topic of "dangerous dogs", it is important to remember that no breed is guaranteed to be 100% bite-free or attack-free.

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 25 breeds of dogs were involved in 238 fatal dog bites from 1979-1998. More than 50% of the deaths for which the breed was known were caused by Pit Bull type dogs and Rottweilers.*

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September 09, 2006

By JurisHP

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Is the Philadelphia Housing Authority Responsible in a Dog Bite Case?

Category: Dog Bite Law News

Clearly, Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) as the owner and direct manager of the property had the authority to take such action regarding a pit bull attached to the property with or without its consent. There are few cases that interpret the care, custody, or control of animals exception to immunity, particularly where a wild animal is not involved. In Jenkins v. McDonald, 498 A.2d 487 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1985), the plaintiff was attacked on a city sidewalk by a stray dog. The Court rejected the plaintiff's argument that the city was liable pursuant to the care, custody, or control of animals exception to local governmental immunity set forth at 42 Pa. C.S. ยง8542(b)(8),24 and it determined that a stray dog could not be considered in the care, custody or control of a municipality.

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August 03, 2006

By JurisHP

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Proving Dog Bite Claims

Category: Dog Bite Questions and Answers

How is liability proven in dog bite cases?

To prove that a dog owner is responsible/liable for an injury due to a dog attack, negligence must be proven by the victim (or their dog bite attorney).

Some ways to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner under Pennsylvania dog bite law:

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July 29, 2006

By JurisHP

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Dog breed restrictions in insurance policies

Category: Dog Bite Insurance Issues

Insurers breed profiling or limiting dog bite claims

A growing number of homeowner policies are denying or failing to renew policies because of a type of dog the family owns. Some insurers have prohibited homeowners from having dangerous dogs for years, but this trend has become more common in the last five years.

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July 15, 2006

By JurisHP

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Value of Dog Bite Claims

Category: Case Values

How does The Dog Bite Lawyer evaluate a dog bite claim? The following provides a general guideline for how I evaluate a dog bite claim.

Please keep in mind that each case is unique, and will be evaluated differently based on numerous factors.

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July 09, 2006

By JurisHP

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PA Dangerous Dog Law

Category: Pennsylvania Dog Bite Laws

The law in Pennsylvania makes it a crime to keep a dangerous dog. This is a summary of the PA Dangerous Dog Law

A person who has been attacked by a dog (or anyone on behalf of that person), or a person whose domestic animal has been killed/injured, may charge the owner of the attacking dog with harboring a dangerous dog.

The owner will be guilty of the summary offense of harboring a dangerous dog if the Justice finds beyond a reasonable doubt that the following are true:


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July 08, 2006

By JurisHP

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Insurance Companies and Dog Bites

Category: Dog Bite Insurance Issues

Homeowners and renters insurance liability policies usually cover dog bite liability. Most policies provide $100k to $300k in liability coverage. If your claim is worth more than that amount, then the dog owner is held responsible above that amount.

Most insurance companies insure homeowners who own dogs. However, after the dog has been involved in a dog bite/attack, there is an increased risk to the insurance company.

Many insurance companies are taking steps to limit their exposure to dog-bite claims. Some companies require dog owners to sign liability waivers for dog bites; others surcharge owners for possessing breeds that are statistically proven to be aggressive/dangerous (e.g., Pit Bulls and Rottweilers).

Others insurance companies are not offering insurance to dog owners at all. Some will cover a dog if the owner takes it to dog obedience/training classes aimed at modifying its behavior, or if the dog is restrained with a muzzle, chain or cage. It is unlikely that insurers will begin offering specialty insurance policies just for dog bites since the cost of such policies would be prohibitive.

As of this writing:

-State Farm, the nation's largest homeowners carrier, welcomes all dogs, unless the dog in question has a history of biting.

-American Family Insurance has a list of five breeds it won't insure, saying they cause more liability claims than others.

-Farmers Insurance Group has dog-by-dog restrictions and has a no-tolerance policy for bites.

-Prospective Farmers policyholders are asked to report whether they have a "vicious animal" on the premises, which leaves some discretion to the homeowner. But once there is a claim, the pet is specifically excluded from coverage. The company also won't take new business from people who have had dog-bite claims in the last three years, even if the family no longer owns the pet.

-Mercury Casualty Company offers a 10 percent discount on homeowners insurance for families that don't own a dog or are willing to take their dog off their policy.

For more information see dog bite insurance claims



July 03, 2006

By JurisHP

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Dog Bite Topics to Discuss With The Dog Bite Lawyer

Category: The Dog Bite Attorney

The following is a list of topics to Discuss With The Dog Bite Lawyer

Whoever you choose to represent you for your dog bite claim should be ready to discuss all of the following. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but all of the topics listed are important:

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June 30, 2006

By JurisHP

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Dog Bite Victim Lands In Month-Long Coma

Category: Dog Bite Law News

A Wisconsin woman was in a coma Wednesday after being bitten in the leg by her neighbor's dog back on May 22nd. Pamela Hartmann suffered a broken tibia when the rottweiler-shepherd mix attacked her. She seemed fine after the bite, but she ended up being taken to the hospital for low blood pressure.

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June 29, 2006

By JurisHP

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Pennsylvania Dog Bite Law

Category: Pennsylvania Dog Bite Laws

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, dog owners are liable for medical bills in all cases. In other cases where the dog inflicted "severe injury" on a victim, the dog owner is also liable for pain and suffering, therapy, past, present and future medical expenses, permanent scarring and out-of-pocket expenses, even if the dog bit/attacked without provocation, and even if the dog had never previously bit a person.

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January 28, 2006

By JurisHP

Jeffrey Harlan Penneys, Esq. The Dog Bite Lawyer

Category: About Us

When you are bitten or attacked by a dog, the law provides recourse to recover damages from the homeowner's insurance company involved. I am Jeffrey Harlan Penneys, Esq. "The Dog Bite Lawyer." I have been representing victims of dog bites/attacks throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1995.

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January 28, 2006

By JurisHP

Disclaimer

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