While out running, a viewer was attacked by a neighbor’s dog. Can she sue the owners? Dog bite lawyers Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli offer legal advice.
Dave Kuharchik: We have a question tonight about a dog attack on this edition of “The Law & You.” Back with us tonight are attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Gentlemen, Happy New Year.
Ed Ciarimboli: Happy New Year to you. What’s your resolution, number one resolution.
Dave: I think I’ll create a little more time for myself, and you?
Ed: To answer questions better on “The Law & You.”
Dave: Wow. That’s-
Ed: Yours, Greg?
Greg Fellerman: What, this is our tenth year here? How long we’ve been here?
Dave: It’s getting close.
Greg: It’s nice to be here.
Dave: Paula from Hazleton says, ” I was running last week and a dog came out of a neighbor’s yard and attacked me. Can I sue them?” What can Paula do about this attack?
Ed: So Paula, can you sue them? The answer is yes. There is no one free bite rule in Pennsylvania or anything of that nature. As a dog owner, you have a responsibility to make sure that your dog is under control. Obviously, if your yard is fenced in but there was an open part of the fence or the dog’s not on a leash and was able to attach you, then you can sue. Now, depending on whether they have home owner’s coverage is going to be a different story if you can make a recovery or not.
Greg: We have a lot of dog bite cases that we work on and I’ve had them where they jump over the fence, run down the street. They’re very significant cases. The key is home owner’s or renter’s insurance and putting them on notice and working the case early. Sometimes the dog bites are very bad; People get really injured. We’re all about dogs and having safe dogs, but sometimes it goes wrong and -I think- that’s why they have insurance coverage. We all love our dogs, but sometimes they’re animals. Make sure if you own a home or rent, you have insurance if you have a dog. It’s just a lot more helpful for you if your dog bites someone.
Ed: You want to protect yourself. As a homeowner, if something happens you want to make sure you’re protected. Have that coverage in place.
Dave: If that happens to you and you need legal advise or direction you can give the attorneys a call or check them out online. Don’t forget results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Gentlemen, thanks.
Ed: Thanks Dave.
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