Dog Bite Attorney Serving Bucks County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia
Most American states make dog owners liable for all dog bites when a person is bitten, based simply on owning the dog that did the biting. A minority requires the victim to prove that the dog was vicious or that the dog owner or another party caused the incident through negligence or by violating an animal control law (like a leash law). Fortunately the victim’s legal damages are covered by most homeowners and renters insurance policies purchased by dog owners, and by general liability policies that insure businesses and public entities.
Only 16,000 dog bite victims receive such insurance payments per year, however, even though about 5 million Americans are bitten.
Dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year. In the past several years, there have been 30 to 35 fatal dog attacks in the USA annually. Each year, more than 350,000 dog bite victims are seen in emergency rooms, and approximately 850,000 victims receive some form of medical attention. Based on data collected in the USA between 2001 and 2003, the CDC concluded that there were 4.5 million dog bite victims per year, but that figure appears to be rising.
My client sustained serious injuries to his arm and wrist while he was working on a horizontal milling machine. A product liability suit was initiated against the manufacturer of the machine, and the case settled prior to trial for $1 million.
Our firm and associates have obtained over 75 Million dollars in settlements for our clients.
One client, while digging a hole in a shopping center parking lot with his co-workers, suffered a severe electrical shock when he struck underground wires. He seemed to be getting better, but he unexpectedly died 18 months later. An electro-cardiologist retained on behalf of the client opined that electrical shock caused heart damage, which eventually led to his untimely death. This matter settled the day before trial for $1.5 million.
Another client sustained serious injuries to his arm and wrist while he was working on a horizontal milling machine. A product liability suit was initiated against the manufacturer of the machine, and the case settled prior to trial for $1 million.
A $250,000 settlement was obtained by Our firm and associates for a 63 year old female, school teacher from Lehigh County Pennsylvania who sustained serious injuries after slipping and falling in a supermarket. Plaintiff was caused to slip and fall after she stepped in a puddle of liquid laundry detergent on the store's floor. Her injuries consisted of knee contusions and a disorder known as "cervical dystonia" which was treated with botox injections at a world renowned medical center located in Bethesda, Maryland. Plaintiff and her husband brought a lawsuit against the supermarket for her injuries and damages. The Defendant, supermarket, contested liability and damages in this case which was ultimately settled at a pre-trial mediation conference.
Our firm and associates have obtained recent settlements of over $2.4 million and $1.5 million for two clients that were involved in a collision on I-95 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our clients had pulled onto the shoulder of I-95 in an attempt to aid another motorist when a pick-up truck hydroplaned, veered off of the roadway, and struck our clients’ vehicle.
Despite the number of victims, only 15,000 to 16,000 of them per year receive money from homeowners insurance companies and renters insurance companies. This equals one-third of one percent of the victims at most – just 3 to 4 out of every 1,000. Although these insurers pay over $350 million to all victims, the average insurance payment for a dog bite case is only $21,875.
Our firm and associates have obtained over 35 Million dollars in settlements for our clients.
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ALSO IMPORTANT! It is very important to see a doctor right away after any accident. Don’t dismiss your injuries as minor. Get to a doctor as soon as possible and be guided by their advice.
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WARNING! The following are critical guidelines after you are injured or made ill:
- Don’t sign any forms that are blank
- Don’t discuss your case with anybody except your attorney, your doctor or your own personal insurance agent
- Don’t ever talk to the other person’s insurance company without your attorney
- Don’t talk to anybody who solicits you over the phone about your accident or illness
- Don’t ever sign any release from liability unless your lawyer approves it
- Don’t sign or cash any checks that may be sent to you by the insurance company with out reviewing them with an attorney – often times by signing the first check you are agreeing that the claim is settled!
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