If you have ever been bitten by a dog you know how nasty the injury can be. In Pennsylvania a person is entitled to be compensated for the medical expenses as well as pain, suffering and disfigurement in the form of a scar caused by a dog bite.
If you are concerned about filing a lawsuit against a neighbor or friend whose dog has bitten you, you don't necessarily have to file a lawsuit. In a typical situation the dog owner's insurance, either through their renters or home owner's policy will cover the damages often without the need to file a lawsuit.
There is an old wives tale that says "every dog gets one free bite." It was interpreted to mean that only after the dog has bitten someone previously, could the owner be held liable for the second or subsequent bite. That is not the case in Pennsylvania. Even though a dog has never bitten someone before, the owner can still be liable in certain situations.
Unfortunately, it is often children who are bitten by dogs and it is not uncommon to have the injury occur to the child's face. Where the child will be need future medical bills, that fact should be added into any settlement.
Also, with children, it is often advisable to have what is known as a structured settlement. With a structured settlement the child receives money far into the future at a time when he or she is more able to handle their finances.
If you have a question about a dog or any other animal bite please feel free to contact my law office.