Nassau County Dog Bite
If you have been the victim of a dog bite you know how upsetting a dog attack can be. Interestingly, dog bites are more common than one may think. In fact there are as many as 4.7 million dog bites every year. These injuries can be extensive, and may include lacerations, puncture wounds, and broken bones. In addition, where the dog knocks down the victim, the victim may suffer a brain injury, back injury, spinal injury or a head injury. Sadly, there are cases were a dog attack ends up with the victim passing away. In the same way that a victim of a car accident may seek damages from the negligent person through a personal injury claim, victims of dog bites have the right to see damages as well. If you are in need of an injury lawyer because you have been injured from a dog bite you may be entitled to compensation from the dog's owner. Contact an experienced Nassau County personal injury who will explain to you the process for asserting your legal right to demand compensation from the person responsible for your injuries.New York dog bite law
Under New York, Agriculture & Markets Law §121(10) an owner of a dog that has been determined to be dangerous is strictly liable for emergency room treatment and other medical expenses from bites, broken bones, head injuries and other injuries caused by the dangerous. In addition to being held liable for your medical bills, the owner could be required to pay a fine if it is determined that the owner’s negligence results in a dog bite to either a person, a guide dog, hearing dog, or service dog. While many some dogs are more likely to bite or attack than other dog breeds, in order for an owner to be strictly liable, it is not enough to show that the dog was a so-called vicious breed such as a pit bull. What is important is that the dog had a history of violent behavior. It must be shown that the owner knew that his or her dog had an aggressive temperament, 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
Depending on the severity of the attack, wounds from a dog attack could require antibiotics and pain medication, sutures and even skin replacement treatments. In addition dog bites can lead to serious infections such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Pasteurella. While rabies in dogs is uncommon in the United States, if the dog has not been immunized for rabies or if it is unclear if the dog has been immunized the victim may have to immediately get the rabies vaccine as a safety measure since rabies can be fatal.
Even if dogs that are well-trained and have no history of aggression can be unpredictable. Victims are injured not only from dog bites, but also from the dog knocking down the victim. Injuries can include not only deep cuts and scratches, but also a bone fractures, back and spinal cord injuries, and head and brain injuries. In some instances, psychological counseling may be necessary to deal with the trauma of the attack itself.Your right to compensation
Dog attack victims often must endure painful injuries and steep medical bills. In many cases victims are unable to go to work while recovering, particularly where the dog bite results in a bone fracture or a head, neck or back injury. Through a personal injury claim the victim can hold the owner responsible for his or her injury.
The victim can demand payment of medical expenses as well as lost wages, loss of future earning capacity and other out-of-pocket expenses. Furthermore, because being attacked by a dog is a physically and emotional painful experience, 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.The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help
If you or someone you care about was attacked by a dog and suffered a serious injury you should contact an experienced injury attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with dog bite cases as well as the medical implications. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & 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 represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.