Dog Bite Lawyer in Long Island
Americans love dogs, however, sometimes—often due to owner mistreatment—dogs can become extremely vicious, leading them to attack and potentially injure unsuspecting citizens. These attacks are highly traumatic and can leave victims with severe injuries, scarring, psychological damage, and in the worst cases, they can even lead to death.
Often these attacks are unprompted and are particularly damaging to children, the elderly, and people with physical limitations because they are unable to protect themselves. In the state of New York, all dog owners are liable for the full cost of medical bills sustained as the result of a dog attack. In addition, if a dog is found to be a “dangerous dog” its owners can be find liable for damages caused by pain and suffering or lost wages.
New York Dog Owner Liability
In New York, dog owners have an absolute liability for all medical bills that are sustained from dog attacks. Dog owners additionally can be liable for damages such as pain and suffering, lost time from work, and other damages if the dog is considered to be a “dangerous dog.”
A “dangerous dog” is defined by New York statutes as a dog which:
- Without justification attacks a person, companion animal, farm animal, or domestic animal, and causes physical injury or death.
- Behaves in a manner which a reasonable person would believe poses a serious and unjustified imminent threat of serious physical injury or death to one or more persons, companion animals, farm animals or domestic animals.
- Without justification attacks a service dog, guide dog or hearing dog and causes physical injury or death.
In representing the victim of a dog bite or dog attack, we will want to learn as much as we can about any dangerous propensities of the dog, such as whether the dog has ever bitten or attacked anyone before, and whether neighbors were in fear of the dog attacking them.
The Seriousness of Animal Attacks
Sometimes, the phrase “dog bite” is used trivially, as though a person was happily playing with a dog, and the dog inadvertently bit the person when playing became too rough. This is usually not the case with our cases.
More often, we see aggressive dogs that deliberately attack the innocent. They will run across a street, jump fences, break chains and other barriers, and otherwise do whatever that can to attack the first defenseless person they can, which often tends to be a child, a physically disabled person, or an elderly person. The attack may be one bite, or it may be an outright mauling.
What You Need To Know
When dog bites occur, we seek on behalf of our clients every penny in compensation to which they are entitled. When dogs attack young children, severe facial scars and disfigurement can result, which can seriously impact and cause pain and suffering for a lifetime. Thus in addition to pain and suffering from the initial attack and treatment, future painful plastic surgery may be required.
When dogs attack the elderly, they may be thrown to the ground, and may sustain broken hips, arms, or traumatic head injury. When the elderly are not in good health, these types of injuries can lead into a downward spiral of other medical complications, sometimes even resulting in death.
How We Can Help
There is no place in our cities and residential areas for vicious dogs prone to unprovoked attacks on the innocent. Owners of vicious dogs must be held to account for the damages and injuries to the full extent of the law. This is the only way that the owners of dangerous dogs will change their behavior.
In addition to seeking to prove that a dog is a “dangerous dog” under New York law, we will also want to prove to a jury the full scope of injuries and damages that you sustained, including past and future pain and suffering.
Please Call Us for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
Upon learning about your case, the team at our Long Island personal injury law firm can explain your right to seek legal recovery against the dog owner responsible for your injuries. We represent dog bite victims on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there is no fee for us unless and until we successfully obtain compensation for you.
Providing Pragmatic Legal Advice
While dog bites can often be dismissed as an injury that is not big deal because it’s just the result of a dog playing our team understands that dog attacks are a very serious issue that needs to be dealt with accordingly. We pride ourselves on being Long Island’s proven personal injury law firm, and we want to make sure that if you’ve been attacked by a dog that you receive full compensation for your injuries and suffering.
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