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Dog Bites

Philadelphia Dog Bite Attorney

An advocate for dog bite victims in Chester County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, and surrounding areas

Dogs are our most trusted companions. However, some dogs—when provoked, or because of an inherently hostile demeanor—are very dangerous. When a dog bites you, the resulting injuries are serious. Medical treatment is often required and damage to nerves and bones can last a lifetime. If someone’s dog bit you, you have rights under Pennsylvania law. Philadelphia’s foremost personal injury and dog bite law firm, van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin is a critical resource for dog bite victims across the state. With decades of experience navigating Pennsylvania’s dog bite laws, our team of Philadelphia dog bite attorneys are driven to enforce clients’ rights to facilitate comprehensive recovery.

Zealously pursuing settlements that facilitate complete recovery from injuries

Injuries resulting from a dog bite are often more severe than you think. Depending on the size of the dog and the extent of the attack, a dog bite victim may face any or all of the following injuries:

  • Punctures
  • Lacerations
  • Fractured or crushed bones
  • Infections
  • Nerve or tissue damage
  • Disfiguring scars
  • Death

It is also common for dog bite victims to experience psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder or emotional withdrawal. In addition to expensive medical care, dog bite victims may require extensive reconstructive surgeries and ongoing counseling. Our Philadelphia dog bite attorneys are uncompromising in our efforts to ensure that you receive compensation for all your injuries. And, we help clients with more than simply recovering a monetary settlement. By counseling clients in all aspects of their lives, not just the legal issues, we help you stay strong and positive throughout the often grueling legal process. This compassionate, well-rounded representation makes the difference in moving beyond a devastating dog bite.

What are Pennsylvania dog bite laws?

Pennsylvania has a comprehensive set of laws governing domestic dogs. Among other things, these laws require that owners control their dog, which includes adequately confining and restraining the dog. Additionally, our state’s dog bite laws set forth the characteristics that define a dangerous dog:

  • Attacked a person without provocation
  • Inflicted severe injury on a person without provocation
  • Implicated in the commission of a crime
  • Killed or severely injured another domestic animal
  • Has a history of attacking humans and animals without provocation
  • Indicated a propensity for attacking without provocation

Is a dog owner always liable for the injuries resulting from a bite?

Not necessarily. Under Pennsylvania law, the circumstances under which a bite occurred are important in determining liability. An owner is likely to be liable for a bite that occurred without provocation. However, this may not be the case if the injured person provoked the dog. Location also matters. An unprovoked bite can result in owner liability, whether the bite happened on public or private property. But if the injured person was trespassing when he or she was bitten, an owner may not be liable. Because these cases are heavily fact-specific, the best way to gauge liability is to call our dedicated Philadelphia dog bite attorneys today for a free initial consultation and case review.

Do not wait to pursue compensation. Contact an aggressive Philadelphia dog bite attorney today

With vast experience leveraging Pennsylvania’s dog bite statutes, we pursue the recovery you need and to which you are entitled. Our all-star Philadelphia dog bite attorneys work around-the -clock, every day of the week and are available 24/7. We also invite you to visit the firm’s centrally-located office in downtown Philadelphia.

Contact van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin Even online or call (215) 486-0123 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Notable Case Results

Always Pursing the Best Possible Outcome
  • Motorcycle Accident $35.1 Million
  • Truck Accident $10 Million
  • Bicycle Accident $4.8 Million
  • Truck Accident $4.3 Million
  • Truck Accident $3.3 Million
  • Pedestrian Accident $2.4 Million
  • Car Accident $1.7 Million
  • Car Accident by Drunk Driver $1.4 Million
  • Premises Liability $1.3 Million
  • Premises Liability $1 Million
In the Media

Throughout the years, our firm and our individual attorneys have been recognized in both local and national media for our extensive legal knowledge, experience, and record of success. Our attorneys frequently appear in the media to provide insight and information on various legal matters, including high-profile cases.

Choosing the Right Firm Can Make All the Difference

  • Unrivaled Record of Success
    We have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
  • No Challenge too Big
    Our firm has handled some of the biggest cases in country, including representing the President of the United States.
  • Personalized Representation

    We understand that every case is unique. Therefore, we tailor our approach based on the facts of the case and the needs of our client. 

  • Uncompromising Passion
    Our competitive nature is one of our strongest qualities. You can be confident that no other firm will outwork our team.
  • Holistic Approach
    Not only do we want to excel legally for the client, but we also want to make sure we are strengthening their mind, body and spirt.
  • Supporting the Community
    Our team engages in many community events and regularly donates time and resources to many charitable organizations in Philadelphia.
Talk to Our Experienced Team

Home to Philadelphia’s most accomplished attorneys, van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin pairs diverse practice experience with a passion-driven, comprehensive law practice—all for the client’s benefit.