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Animal Attack Attorneys in Erie, PA

If you're bitten by an animal you thought was a friendly pet, the resulting pain can be both physical and psychological.  This is especially true for children, who can be traumatized by even a minor injury from a dog bite or animal attack. At the Elderkin Law Firm in Erie, PA we've helped many adults and children in Northwestern Pennsylvania obtain the compensation they need to recover from an animal attack. 

You may be able to file a claim for compensation when an animal bite is a result of:

  • A dog left unleashed or unconfined to the owner's property
  • An exotic animal
  • A pet known to be vicious that is uncontrolled by the owner
  • Improper handling of an animal

Our attorneys consult with various experts, including treating physicians, psychologists, neurologists, plastic surgeons or other medical authorities to determine the nature and extent of the injuries you have suffered; then they work to ensure that you are fully compensated.  If you've been bitten by a dog or other pet, or injured by an animal belonging to another person, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney as soon as possible, so that your rights will not be jeopardized.

The consequences of a dog bite or other animal attack can be significant, long lasting, and expensive. It is important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer to help get the financial resources you need to move on with your life. Tell us about your case. We want to help you get the results you deserve. Call our Erie, PA offices at 814-456-4000, send us an email at, or fill out one of the contact forms

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Pennsylvania follow the "one-bite" rule?

A lot of people have heard the rule that "every dog gets one free bite." This is not necessarily the case in Pennsylvania. There are laws that define exactly what a dog owner must do to prevent his or her dog from injuring someone. Under these laws, a dog owner may be responsible, even if the dog has never bitten anyone before. Each case depends upon its specific facts, however, and you should talk to your lawyer to see if you are entitled to recover for your injuries under the facts of your case.

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