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Under Pennsylvania law do I have to prove that the dog that bit me previously bit another person?

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A: No, it is not necessary to prove that a dog previously bit or attacked another person. So long as the dog showed the requisite level of viciousness during the attack, without being provoked, the dog owner will be liable for medical bills, financial losses and other damages. What is deemed to be a sufficient level of viciousness depends on the circumstances, but may include attacking others during the same attack or growling at others during the attack.

However, it is important that a sufficient investigation is performed, to determine whether there is any evidence of a previous dog attack. In most cases, dogs which bite or attack a person have done so before. Neighbors, the dog’s veterinarian, previous owners, and even the postal delivery person may all have knowledge of a previous attack.

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The dog bite lawyers at Schwartz & Blackman handle cases in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area:

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Published: June 27, 2012



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