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Dog Bites

Making Sense of a Dog Bite

Usually a dog is a friendly animal, but they’re personality can be sly, alert, physically dominant, defensive, and ravenous. If a dog unexpectedly reacts in aggression, their sharp teeth and claws can cause serious harm. Whether big or small, dogs have powerful muscles in their mouths and legs that can cause significant injuries through bites or scratches. 

If you or a family member has had a minor or major injury due to a dog bite or attack, contact Spear Greenfield to learn more about your legal options. Our experienced dog bite attorneys will fight to help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. We offer a free consultation, which will allow us to learn more about your case and educate you on the legal process surrounding your injury. This appointment carries no pressure or obligation, just information. Click below to schedule a consultation either by phone or line form, and the Spear Greenfield legal team would be happy to help you!

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Considering the Legal Options Following a Dog Bite

Pets are the responsibility of their owners, so a dog owner can be held liable if their dog injures another party. A dog’s training history or outstanding obedience record does not exempt an owner from liability for an injury. Even if the injury victim was trespassing or provoked the dog’s actions, the dog owner can still be held liable for a dog bite or attack. Generally these cases are challenging, which makes partnering with an experienced personal injury lawyer essential!

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Dog Bite Laws

All dog bite cases boil down to the perceived responsibility of the owner. This responsibility varies based on different states and situations. Due to the various factors, it is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer following a dog bite injury. 

  • Pennsylvania
    In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a dog owner is considered negligent if there was failure to control the dog, knowing the the ability for a pet to display vicious tendencies. An owner can prove their adherence to Pennsylvania’s clear law, which requires that dogs be restrained in public at all times. Controlling a dog can be accomplished through property fencing or a dog leash. If the dog in question has previously been declared “dangerous”, the owner’s failure to meet the legal requirements to harbor their pet could be an act of negligence.
  • New Jersey
    New Jersey is a strict liability state regarding dog bites or attacks. Similarly to most personal injury cases, establishing liability means proving the responsible party was negligent. With regards to dog bites, the owner is automatically liable if their dog attacks on public property. This liability also extends to a dog bite or attack that occurs on the owner’s property, as long as the injured party’s visit was legal. A dog’s previous training or outstanding obedience record does not mitigate an owner’s responsibility when a dog bite or attack occurs.

When you work with Spear Greenfield, our goal is always to ensure you are informed but never overwhelmed. We will guide you through the legal process and represent your best interests. For a basic step-by-step guide of the legal process, please click below.

Case Basics

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Determining Liability

An individual injured by a dog bite or attack have the ability to recover compensation for the damages caused by the incident. This legal option ensures the injured party does not accrue additional costs related to the injury. In the event of a successful case, this money comes from the negligent dog owner.

We understand exploring legal options can be intimidating, so the Spear Greenfield legal team will comfortably guide you through the legal process. We ensure our clients are never overwhelmed and always informed. To learn more about a partnership with Spear Greenfield, please click on the link below.

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When you schedule a consultation, that initial session is free, because we truly care about our client’s well being. This meeting will contain no pressure or obligation, just information, so you have nothing to lose! In order to schedule a complimentary consultation with the Spear Greenfield legal team, please complete the form below.

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    Why Choose Spear Greenfield?

    A dog bite or attack can lead to serious injuries and substantial medial bills, which can lead the injured party to face a financial burden. Call Spear Greenfield first, because partnering with our law firm means you become a member of the Spear Greenfield family! We will treat you like family by fighting for your justice and earning you maximum compensation! Our law firm has a proven track record of success, including winning our clients a combined half a billion dollars during our 30 years in business! Our trial lawyers and legal team have over 200 years of experience combined, which has helped us earn our successful track record. Below are some additional reasons to choose Spear Greenfield.  

    • Other law firms are sometimes apprehensive about going to trial, because of the resources and time required, but Spear Greenfield regularly takes cases to court. If maximum compensation can be earned in court, we will not sell your short, even if that means taking a case all the way to a jury verdict. Spear Greenfield is not afraid to dedicate the maximum amount of time and resources on behalf of our clients.
    • Spear Greenfield has a robust portfolio of medical professionals, so your injury extent or treatment requirements will not discourage us from taking a case. Due to the law firm’s reputation in the community, we will connect you with the necessary doctor, treatment, or medical professional, even if you do not have insurance!
    • Our Spear Greenfield legal team is proud to have built a 30 year legacy on client service. Our goal continues to be to protect the seriously injured. Spear Greenfield is a family owned law firm, so we treat our clients like family by always working in their best interest. As you would expect from family, we understand the serious nature of personal injuries sustained by our clients and are 100% committed to helping our clients through the difficult times they face.   

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    Personal Injury Verdicts

    The following summary of recent personal injury verdicts and settlements demonstrates our proven track record.

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    $175,000
    Stairwell fall from defective handrail
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    $115,000
    Fall due to malfunctioning automatic doors
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    $105,000
    Slipped on a wet floor 
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    $80,500
    Slipped and fell from icy steps
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    $75,000
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    If you have suffered a serious injury from a dog bite or attack, it is critical to consult with a personal injury lawyer to learn if you’re entitled to compensation. Call Spear Greenfield first, because our law firm is an advocate of those suffering physical, emotional, or financial burdens from an injury. We truly want to help and to prove that statement, we offer a no fee guarantee! This guarantee means we will not accept payment unless you win! We understand potential clients are tentative to reach out due to the perceived expense of a lawyer, so we want to eliminate the risk by offering a free consultation. If you or a family member has suffered a personal injury, please call us today.