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Dogs can be loveable creatures so we tend to feel safe around them. Because of our trust of the animals we do not realize how dangerous and serious dog bites are. Dog bite injuries can be more serious than car accidents and thus, it is critical to understand what to do to prevent bites as well as what to do if a dog bite occurs. There are a few things to keep in mind in order to get compensated if you get bit. 

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Kats, Jamison & Associates understand that a dog bite injury can range from simple bites to severe injuries including loss of limbs and even death. Our attorneys treat all dog bite injury cases as the most serious types of cases due to the psychological and physical trauma dog bites have on our clients. Please contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you after a dog bite.


As mentioned above, there is a wide range of injuries that can result from a dog bite or attack. The following are only some examples of the impact a dog bite can have on you: 

  • Physical wounds
  • Infections
  • Disfigurement
  • Psychological injuries

Whether your dog bite injuries are physical, psychological, or both, you may deserve compensation from the dog’s owner for your losses. You should always discuss your legal rights and options with an attorney who fully understands dog bite laws in Pennsylvania. 


In Pennsylvania, a dog owner is held strictly liable for the medical expenses of a person bitten by their dog. This means that in order to seek compensation for your medical bills, you do not have to prove that the dog owner was negligent in any way – just that they were responsible for the dog at the time of the attack.

If losses extend beyond medical bills, such as wage loss, physical and mental pain and suffering, and permanent disfigurement, you will need to prove the following: 

  • The owner was negligent in the handling of the dog
  • The owner was aware of the dog’s violent tendencies

Dog bite cases can be handled in different ways. For example, some homeowner’s insurance policies cover dog bite accidents that took place on the dog owner’s property. If an insurance claim is inadequate to resolve the matter, you can file a personal injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania civil court. 

Just because you file a lawsuit does not mean your case will go to trial, however. There are many stages of dog bite litigation including several rounds of settlement negotiations. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators with both insurance companies and parties to a lawsuit. We will always fight for the full amount you deserve for your dog bite-related losses and will handle every step of your case until you are satisfied with your settlement.