If Someone You Love Was Killed by a Dog, You Deserve Honest Answers and a Fair Settlement
Losing a loved one in any kind of accident is a tragic experience that no amount of money can replace. Attacks by dogs can be especially tragic and horrific due to the frightening and violent way in which dogs maul. Filing a civil lawsuit will not replace the loss of a child or family member, but dog owners who are careless or negligent or maliciously use their dogs as weapons should be both prosecuted in criminal court and punished in civil court as well.
Criminal Suit vs. Civil Lawsuit
Even if a county prosecutor brings criminal charges against a dog owner, you must still file a civil lawsuit in order to received financial compensation for your loss. By recovering compensation through a wrongful death claim, you can pay for any remaining medical bills, funeral expenses and other financial losses.
If the dogs owners is not found guilty of a crime and punished by a fine or sent to jail, you still have the right to pursue civil justice.
At the law firm of Hill & Associates, P.C., our Philadelphia wrongful death lawyers have helped many families through the trauma and emotional aftermath of fatal accidents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
With more than 25 years of experience, our lawyers can investigate the incident, identify those who are responsible and help you pursue a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for your loved one’s expenses, a loss of companionship and other damages.
Our staff will provide you with compassionate and prompt personal attention.
To schedule a free initial consultation with our firm, contact us today.
When Dogs Are Used to Murder
As gang activity and violent crime rates of increased in some U.S. cities, so has the number of aggressive dogs in private ownership. While some dogs are used for protection, others are trained to fight and kill, or are otherwise treated so badly as to become dangerous weapons.
In recent years, the number of dogs used as weapons to commit murder has increased. Dogs have even been used to cover up other deaths as in the case of one family (later) convicted of killing their child and then tossing it to pit bulls to make it appear that that dog had killed the child.
Even if a dog owner is not found guilty of murder in criminal courts, you can still sue for restitution in civil court and obtain justice.
In Pennsylvania, surviving spouses, children, parents or guardians and personal representatives are able to file wrongful death claims. To file a suit, the plaintiff must show that the death was caused by a wrongful act and that the act would have entitled the person to recover damages had the death not occurred.
Our wrongful death lawyers will work hard to prove your claim to achieve the maximum benefits you deserve.
Free Consultation with an Attorney to Learn More About Wrongful Death Lawsuits and Settlements in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
It is important to talk with an attorney as soon as possible if you have lost a loved one and believe you have a wrongful death claim. Contact us at the law firm of Hill & Associates in Philadelphia to schedule a free consultation where we will discuss the accident and a potential lawsuit. Call toll free at 1-800-731-4687 to make an appointment.
From wrongful death accident law offices in Philadelphia, PA, our trial lawyers for plaintiffs represent families in wrongful death lawsuits who lost a loved one due to medical malpractice, violent crimes, defective or product failure, the negligence of someone else, or in an accident.