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Berrysburg Animal Bite Attorneys | Berrysburg Dog Bite Attorneys

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 885,000 people are bitten by Animals each year, and one out of every five of those require medical attention. Liability for these injuries a subsequent damages that occur after a severe animal attack falls on the pet owner. Owners are also liable for compensating victims if the Animal had been considered dangerous in the past. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a Animal bite or attack, you could receive compensation for all that you have endured.


The first steps to take after a Animal bite are

  1. Get the Animal owner’s contact information
  2. Make sure the Animal is up to date on all of their shots
  3. Try to determine if there is any possibility that the Animal has rabies
  4. Seek medical treatment
  5. Report the Animal bite to both the police and your local animal control agency

A Animal bite can be broken down into two categories, severe and non-severe, which determine what type of compensation can be recovered by victims.

  • Severe Injury: These types of injuries result in disfigurement or broken bones. Recovery for these injuries is lengthy as they can require surgery, multiple sutures or months of physical therapy. Victims of severe injuries can receive compensation for their medical bills and other damages such as emotional trauma, lost wages, etc.
  • With a non-severe injury the victim can still file a lawsuit against the animal’s owner but can only seek compensation for medical expenses.


Pennsylvania follows strict liability when it comes to Animal ownership. This means that Animal owners in Berrysburg are liable for any and every injury that their Animal inflicts on someone else. Exceptions to this law are only made if someone is trespassing and bitten as a result or if someone intentionally provokes a Animal, causing it to become aggressive.



If the Animal has had previous aggressive encounters with humans then it has likely been labeled as “dangerous,” based on the following criteria.

A Animal is considered dangerous if it has done one or more of the following:

  • It has inflicted injury without provocation
  • It has harmed or killed another animal without cause
  • It has charged or attempted or successfully attacked a person with being provoked
  • It has been used to aide in a crime.



If a Animal has been labeled as dangerous, there are several stipulations the owner must meet to keep the Animal. They must:

  • Register the Animal as dangerous
  • Maintain liability insurance for at least $50,000 that insures the owner for any injuries the Animal may inflict to another person or animal
  • Obtain fencing or a suitable enclosure for the Animal
  • Label their property as housing a dangerous animal and display a sign that informs children that a dangerous Animal lives there
  • Muzzle the Animal and restrain it on a leash at all times when off the owner’s property
  • Notify the Bureau of Animal Law Enforcement, the State Animal Warden, and local police departments if the Animal is gotten loose, is unconfined, has attacked an animal or another person, has been sold, or has died.


Animals may bite for a variety of reasons. Any Animal can become agitated and aggressive and no matter their gender or size, no breed is exempt from this risk.

A Animal may bite if it:

  • Is defending their territory, their belongings, or their food
  • Is stressed
  • Has been scared or startled
  • Feels threatened
  • Is sick or sore due to an injury or surgery
  • Is playing, but doesn’t know their own strength and bites too hard


We have prosecuted numerous cases of this nature and can honestly pledge to you, without any equivocation, that should we accept your case, we will make completely sure that you get the justice you deserve.

For these reasons, when you retain the attorneys at the Pisanchyn Law Firm you know that you have a first-rate Berrysburg Animal Bite Law Firm that will fiercely pursue your rights and the money you deserve. As we have pledged, you will never pay a fee until we win your case.

Call our Berrysburg Animal attack lawyers toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for your free consultation. We have locations in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Scranton and will travel to you.

Our Locations


    524 Spruce Street Scranton PA 18503



    3609 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110



    241 Fourth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222



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Our Berrysburg Personal Injury Attorneys care for you the person while also representing you the client.

When you or a loved one suffers an injury due to someone else’s negligence who you turn to for legal advice and representation matters. The Pisanchyn Law Firm’s Berrysburg personal injury attorneys will represent you skillfully, compassionately, and most of all, aggressively.

Our lawyers, staff, and paralegals are specially trained to guide you and help you through each step of your injury case. We have the resources, including premiere doctors and other experts around the country, to not only handle your case but also give it and you the personal attention and care both deserve. Call 1-800-444-5309 or fill out this form for a free consultation now!

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