Dog Bites

Scranton, Pennsylvania Dog Bite Attorneys

With our extensive service helping clients in Pennsylvania, our dog bite attorneys have successfully represented many clients who were victims of dog bites and attacks. If a dog has bitten you or one of your family members, the owner is typically held responsible for any injuries the animal causes.

If you have suffered a dog bite, call Caputo & Mariotti’s attorneys at (570) 342-9999, or use our online contact form to contact us now for a FREE Consultation. We are here to serve you. We believe the best way to build a successful law firm is by placing the interests of our clients first. As one of our clients, you will receive professional representation and the support of a legal team who will do their best to help you receive the best legal outcome possible. We represent dog bite victims throughout all of Pennsylvania.

In the United States, nearly 5 million people nationwide are bitten or attacked by dogs. Unfortunately, young children are the most common victims of dog bites and attacks. According to the American Humane Association, dog bites cause more injuries in children than measles, mumps, and whooping cough combined. When another person’s negligence leads to a dog attack, they have legal liability for the attack. Individuals that provoke a dog generally are not eligible for financial compensation. However, children of a certain age may be deemed by the law to be incapable or provocation.

Dog bites cause a number of serious physical injuries, including:

  • Deep muscle injuries
  • Tissue injuries
  • Scarring
  • Debilitating nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Traumatic stress
  • Torn ligaments
  • Injuries requiring reconstructive surgery

Sometimes, dog bites can transmit viruses that cause a flesh-eating disease. Unfortunately, dog bites can also be fatal.

While homeowner’s insurance sometimes pays for dog bite or attack injuries, often times it pays nothing at all. The Insurance Information Institute reports dog bite incidents have increased more than four times in the past five years. Other alarming statistics include:

  • About 30% of all attacks are caused by unrestrained dogs who leave the owner’s property.
  • 22% of all incidents involve a restrained dog on the owner’s property.
  • 48% of all incidents happen on the owner’s property with an unrestrained dog.
  • More than half of all attack victims are children.

Pennyslvania law clearly states that any dog owner whose dog bites someone who is in a public place or lawfully on private property is legally liable for the damages suffered by the attack victim. The liability of the owner may be reduced if the attack victim did something to provoke the dog to attack.

If you or your family member has suffered a dog bite or has been involved in a dog attack, you may have a valid legal claim against the dog’s owner. But, the statute of limitations may be running out on your claim, so call Caputo & Mariotti’s attorneys at (570) 342-9999, or use our online contact form to contact us now for a FREE Consultation.

We have helped dog bite and attack victims throughout Pennsylvania. We will provide you with a free consultation about your claim. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not receive any money from you unless you receive monetary compensation for your damages.