Knowledgeable Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Representing Victims Across NJ and PA
Unlike other practice areas, under Pennsylvania law, the owner of a dog that attacks a person may be held responsible. However, it must still be shown that the owner of knew his or her dog had a “vicious propensity.” In other words, it must be shown that the owner knew or should have known that the dog was vicious or dangerous.
The “One Free Bite” Rule Is Not True
Defendants often attempt to argue they are not responsible for a dog attack if it never bit anyone in the past. This is due to the mistaken belief that a dog is entitled to “one free bite” before an owner knows the dog is potentially vicious. However, this is simply not true.
There is no such thing as “one free bite” under Pennsylvania law. (Deardorff v. Berger, 606 A. 2d 489). A dog can be shown to have vicious propensities without biting anyone. According to John Mattiacci, an experienced dog bite attorney, if an owner knows his or her dog lunges at people, snaps at people, barks loudly, or is difficult to control, such facts may be enough to show that the dog was potentially dangerous. Very often an investigation is needed into the history of the dog and the owner’s actions in training, socializing, handling and exercising the dog in order to help show its likelihood of biting someone.
Finding All Potential Parties
Philadelphia’s dog bite lawyer John Mattiacci and the firm make every effort to identify everyone who may be responsible for a dog bite. This includes not only the owner of the dog but also dog walkers, the landlord of the property where the dog is kept or was located, the breeder or seller of the dog, and any person that trained it.
I highly recommend John Mattiacci as an attorney. He has gone above and beyond what was required of him in my case. I could not have asked for a better attorney to help me through the trial process. – Jill S.
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About John Mattiacci
I began practicing personal injury law more than 15 years ago. I have had the opportunity to represent clients in very significant case, and have personally helped recovered over $50,000,000 for my clients in a variety of personal injury cases. I have also received many honors from the legal profession, including:
- Induction into both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Only about one percent of all lawyers qualify for membership to these forums.
- Designation as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Only about two and a half percent of Pennsylvania lawyers qualify for this honor.
- A rating of 9.9/10 by Avvo, one of the nation’s most prestigious lawyer rating services.
Get the Ball Rolling Today; Call Moorestown Dog Bite Injury Attorney John Mattiacci
If you have been injured by a dog, your first priority is to seek medical attention. Your second priority, however, is to speak with an experienced Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer. Contact me today for a free, no-obligation initial consultation, either by filling out my online contact page or by calling my toll-free number at (866) 617-0050.