At our law firm, we love dogs. But, we also have seen what families go through when a loved one is bitten or attacked by a dog. Many dog bite victims are left with serious injuries, scars, and emotional trauma.
Statistics show that some dog breeds have been listed in dog bite reports. At our Pennsylvania law firm, we believe awareness is one of the best ways to reduce dog bite injuries, so we've provided this information for your benefit.
However, just because a dog breed is listed on this page doesn't necessarily mean they are dangerous. A dog owner's behavior toward his or her dog will determine the dog's personality. If a dog owner encourages aggressive behavior or abuses their pet, the dog will be more likely to attack or bite.
If you, or someone you love, were bitten by a dangerous dog, you may need a lawyer. Edgar Snyder & Associates is ready to help. You may have seen our TV commercial where Attorney Edgar Snyder talks about people who have been bitten by dogs. For over 30 years, we've helped dog bite victims get the money they need to pay for medical bills and missed work time, and to help get their lives back on track. We're ready to do the same for you, so find out if you have a dog bite case today.
As a result of the high cost of dog bite liability claims, some insurance companies have blacklisted certain breeds – meaning they can refuse to extend coverage to homeowners and renters who live with these potentially dangerous dogs.
If you own any of the dogs listed below or are thinking of getting one of these breeds, and you don't have homeowners or renters insurance covering the dog, know that you may be held personally responsible for any injuries they may cause to another person or dog.
Blacklisted dog breeds may include the following:
Insurance companies aren't the only ones blacklisting breeds. Some homeowner associations, housing developments, and apartment buildings have also banned certain dog breeds. Several cities have passed breed-specific legislation (BSL) that prohibits people from owning a certain breed.
There isn't a national standard for owning particular dog breeds, so you should check with your local government and whoever owns the property where you live to find out if they have restrictions on dangerous dog breeds.
After a dog attacks or bites, the victim should get contact information for the owner (when identified). Either the dog owner or the victim needs to report the attack to the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement or State Dog Warden, as well as the local police department. The victim typically files a claim against the company that provides homeowners' or renters' insurance for the dog owner. The dog will be placed on a list of "dangerous dogs" or "potentially dangerous dogs," depending on its history of violence and the severity of the victim's injuries. Once the dog is listed as dangerous or potentially dangerous (depending on your state's dog bite law), the owner must notify the Bureau if they sell or give away the dog, and provide contact info for the new owner.
Dog bite laws and leash laws vary from state to state, so be sure you know the laws where you live. Law enforcement plays a critical role in preventing dog bites. If a dog does attack, regardless of the circumstances, it may be categorized as a dangerous dog.
In severe cases and when the dog is a threat to people, officers may impound the dog or put it down. The best thing you can do to prevent this from happening is to follow our dog bite prevention tips and to keep your dog under control at all times – confined on your property or on a leash.
Nearly five million people are attacked by dogs every year in the U.S. Some of these dogs are what most people would consider friendly pets. But, dogs rely on instinct, and occasionally they react when they feel threatened, surprised, sick, or angry. View these tips to prevent dog bites.
If you were bitten by a dog and you suffered serious injuries, you're not just another dog bite statistic. We want to protect your legal rights as a dog bite victim. Your injuries and your situation are unique, and we're ready to treat you with the respect you deserve.
For over 30 years, we've helped people injured in dangerous dog attacks. Medical bills, missed work time, and other expenses pile up quickly. The legal system seems very confusing, and if you have scars, you may feel different about yourself. You may be embarrassed and scared for the future.
The best thing you can do is call Edgar Snyder & Associates toll-free at 1-866-9-4EDGAR (1-866-943-3427), or fill out the form at the top right of this webpage for a free legal evaluation of your dog bite claim. We're available 24/7, and it's absolutely free. There's no obligation to use our services.
It's important to act fast before evidence disappears and the dog hurts someone else. Contact us now.