Manhattan Dog Bite

It is said that up to 4.7 million dog bite injuries occur every year. The injuries from dog attacks can range from moderate to severe, and may include lacerations, as well as broken bones, head injury or death. New York law states that an owner of a dangerous dog can be considered strictly liable for any medical expenses resulting from a dog bite attack. In addition, the owner could be fined if it is shown that the owner was negligent, and the victim was a person, or a guide dog, service dog, or hearing dog. The amount of the fine will depend on whether the dog has been deemed a “dangerous dog,” the severity of the injuries, and whether the victim was another animal, or a person. Thus, if you or a loved one was injured by a dog attack, it is critical that you immediately contact an experienced Manhattan Dog Bite Lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

New York dog bite law

Under New York, Agriculture & Markets Law §121(10), an owner of a dangerous dog is strictly liable for medical costs from an injury caused by the dog. It is not enough to show that the dog was a vicious breed. What is important is that the dog had a history of aggressive behavior and attacks. It must be shown that the owner had prior notice that the dog had a violent disposition, or that the owner was negligent in their training, control or care for the animal.

If you have been the victim of a dog bite, you should do the following:

  • Contact law enforcement and/or animal control
  • Seek medical treatment right away
  • If possible, take a picture of your injuries
  • Write down any details of the attack, including the dog owner’s identifying information
Dog bite injuries

Depending on the severity of the attack, wounds from a dog attack could require medications, stitches and even skin grafts. In addition dog bites can lead to serious infections such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Pasteurella. Treatment for dog bite can involve sutures and sometimes plastic surgery. Antibiotics may be necessary if an infection develops. While rabies in dogs is rare in the United States, if the dog has not been immunized for rabies or the rabies status of the dog is unknown the victim may have to immediately get the rabies vaccine as a precaution. Rabies is an acute viral infection that is often fatal.

Even if well trained, dogs can be unpredictable. Injuries can result from not only being bitten, but also from the dog knocking you down. You can also be injured attempting to flee an attack. Injuries can include not only lacerations and puncture wounds, but also a broken bone, head injury or back injury could result. In some instances, psychological counseling may be necessary to deal with the trauma of the attack itself.


Victims of dog bites are often left with painful injuries and medical bills. In many cases victims must miss work while they recover, particularly where the dog bite results in a broken bone or a head or back injury. Through a personal injury lawsuit the victim can hold the owner responsible for his or her injury. The victim can sue to recover medical expenses as well as lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses. Furthermore, because being attacked by a dog, being bitten, and being permanently disfigured with a scar are all physically and emotionally painful experiences, the victim may be awarded compensation for pain and suffering. If the dog's owner acted recklessly or willfully, resulting in the dog biting the victim, the court may also award the victim punitive damages.

Manhattan Dog Bite Lawyer

If you or a loved one was attacked by a dog and suffered a dog bite, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with dog bite cases as well as the medical implications. Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from dog bites as well as other types of personal injury cases. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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