SOURCE: Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C.

Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C.

May 16, 2012 13:17 ET

The Pennsylvania Dog Bite Lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., Discuss Pennsylvania's Dog Bite Liability Statutes

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - May 16, 2012) - Recently, the owner of an apartment building in Pennsylvania was sued by the mother of a child who had been bitten by a dog owned by one of the landlord's tenants. The woman claimed that the landlord had been aware that the dog had dangerous propensities, and therefore had acted negligently in allowing it to remain on the apartment's premises. However, the Superior Court judging the case ruled in the landlord's favor, claiming that there was no evidence to demonstrate that he was aware of the dog's potential dangerousness.

This case illustrates the often confusing nature of Pennsylvania's dog bite liability laws. In Pennsylvania, the owner of a dog who bites someone else is strictly liable if the bite leads to severe damages, or if the dog had attacked someone before. This means that they can be held accountable for medical expenses as well as any other losses which can be shown to have occurred as a result of the attack. Severe injuries are those which involve broken bones or lacerations which require multiple stitches or cosmetic surgery. For non-severe injuries, the dog's owner is only liable for medical expenses.

As this recent case shows, however, liability may also be extended to the owners of the housing in which a dog is located if it can be shown that the housing managers or owners were aware of a dog's dangerous proclivities and still allowed it to remain on the premises. The Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are prepared to offer their assistance to anyone who has suffered a dog bite injury due to the negligence of other parties.

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