NYC Dog Bite
If you or a family member has been bitten by a dog, you know how traumatic these injuries can be. Injuries can range from a moderate puncture wound, to severe lacerations, or even a broken bone, head injury or worse, wrongful death. If you have been the victim of a dog attack, contact a skilled NYC Dog Bite Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries that includes reimbursement for your medical bills, pain and suffering and more.
These injuries are surprisingly common. It is estimated that up to 4.7 million dog bite incidents occur in the United States annually. The severity of the injuries depends on the breed of dog, and the size and age of the victim. Also, injuries can be caused by not only the bite itself, but also from fleeing from the animal, or falling, causing a spinal injury, head injury or other complications. In New York, dog owners are strictly liable for medical expenses that are caused from a dog bite injury. In terms of other damages, such as emotional distress or lost wages, New York has a “one bite” rule. Unfortunately, children are the most common victims of these injuries. These injuries not only cause significant physical injuries, but emotional damage as well. There are precautions that parents can take to promote their child’s safety:
Never approach a dog from behind Do not touch or tamper with their food bowl Do not pull on parts of the dog’s body Stare at them directly in the eyes
If you or a family member has been injured by a dog bite, our legal team recommends the following steps:
- Seek medical treatment for your injuries immediately;
- Contact the authorities and report the incident;
- Gather contact information for the owner of the dog and any witnesses;
- Take photographs of the attack site and your injuries;
- Never sign any documents without having a lawyer review it.
A dog owner in New York is held strictly liable for the victim’s medical expenses related to a dog bite attack. There may be a fine charged as well, depending on whether the owner is considered negligent and, as a result of that negligence, another person or a service animal has been injured. The amount of the fine is determined by assessing the severity of the injury, whether the dog is considered dangerous, and if the victim was a person or an animal.
These injuries are traumatic, and can leave lasting physical and emotional scars. Unfortunately, even the most well trained animal can act unpredictably. If you have been injured, speak to our legal team for guidance. We can help you ensure that your rights are protected. We want you receive the compensation you deserve.
We have offices located in both Suffolk County and Nassau County on Long Island, as well as Westchester County. We also have location in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW.