NY Dog Bite
You may be surprised to hear that a dog bite injury is quite common. In fact, there are over 4 million dog bite injuries reported in the United States every year. The injuries caused by these incidents can range from a puncture wound, to a broken bone, a head injury or even wrongful death. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury from a dog bite, you should know that you are entitled to receive compensation for your injury. Contact a qualified NY Dog Bite Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates for legal guidance.
In New York, a dog owner is strictly liable for medical costs caused by a dog bite, pursuant to New York Agriculture & Markets Law, Section 121. In addition, the owner could pay a substantial fine, if it is determined that the owner’s negligence was a contributing factor in the incident. The actual dollar amount of the fine depends on the severity of the injury, whether the animal is considered to be dangerous, and whether the victim is a human or an animal, such as a service animal.
An NY Dog Bite Lawyer recommends the following actions if you are involved in a dog bite incident:
- Seek medical help as soon as possible;
- Obtain the contact information of the dog owner and any witnesses;
- Take pictures of your injuries;
- Do not sign any documents provided by the dog owner;
- Contact NY Dog Bite Lawyer right away.
Even well trained dogs can become aggravated, startled or scared, and attack. These types of attacks can leave physical injuries as well as create emotional trauma. Injuries can be caused by not only the bite itself, but also from falling or attempting to get away from the animal. Serious bite injuries, such as a concussion or head injury, broken bone, spinal injury, or wrongful death can result. If you or a family member has been injured due to a vicious dog, speak with a dedicated NY Dog Bite Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance. We can investigate the circumstances of your case, and help you create an plan of action to ensure your rights are protected.
Come in for a free consultation at any of our office locations. We have offices in both Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island, as well as Westchester County. We also have locations in New York City, including Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW.