New York Dog Bite Law
Call Belushin Law Firm to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit
Many property owners have dogs that they keep as pets. The law states that
the owners of dogs and other domestic animals are responsible for the
animals and any damage they cause to people or other animals. If you were
bit by a dog, you need to speak with an experienced dog bite attorney
as soon as possible. You have a limited amount of time to file your claim,
and one of the dog bite lawyers at Belushin Law Firm can make sure you
are compensated fairly for your dog bite injuries.
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Who is liable for a dog bite?
New York dog bite law can be very complicated. New York has a combination
of one-bite rule and strict liability. Strict liability means that a dog
owner is always liable for the damage done by their dog. New York employs
strict liability for all dog bites, but only for the medical or veterinary
care of the victim. This means that if you were bitten by a dog, regardless
of whether the dog showed any vicious tendencies, the owner of the dog
is responsible for paying all of your medical care. If this happened to
you, you should speak with a dog bite lawyer in New York to ensure that
the owner of the dog compensates you for your medical care.
New York applies the one-bite rule if an injured person seeks damages above
and beyond their medical care, such as settlements for pain and suffering.
The one-bite-rule doesn’t necessarily mean that the first bite is
a “freebie.” It only means that the owner is not liable for
damages above and beyond medical care unless the owner knew or had reason
to know that the dog had vicious tendencies. An owner can have knowledge
of vicious tendencies if the dog has a history of biting people, a history
of chasing and snarling at people, or exhibits other vicious behavior.
It is important to remember that regardless of whether or not the owner
knew of the dog’s tendencies, the owner is always responsible for
paying for the victim’s medical care.
If you were bitten by a vicious dog, our competent team of dedicated lawyers
can help you. A New York dog bite lawyer with Belushin Law Firm can help
handle the investigation into your claim to determine whether the owner
should have known that the dog was vicious. We will complete a thorough
investigation in the hopes that the victim will be able to pursue additional
damages for their pain and suffering by proving that the owner knew the
dog was vicious.
Injuries that Result In Dog Bite Lawsuit Settlements
Dog bites can cause serious, and even fatal injuries to children and adults.
Vicious dogs have a tendency to jump up and bite their victims in the
torso area as well as the face and throat. Children are generally more
susceptible to serious dog bite injuries for multiple reasons. First,
children have a natural curiosity about dogs, and the innocence of a child
leads them to approach the dog with less caution than an adult would.
Children are also smaller, and their face, neck, and other vital organs
are at a lower level and susceptible to bite wounds from a dog. Lastly,
children are still developing, which means that injuries sustained in
a dog bite can follow them though their life and prevent them from developing properly.
Adults can also suffer serious injuries from dog bites. The most common
injury from a dog bite is a laceration or puncture wound. Lacerations
and punctures from dog bites can cause serious blood loss, scarring, disfigurement,
and even muscle or tendon damage. Many individuals who are bit by dogs
suffer scarring and disfigurement on their face, and require extensive
plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery to repair the damage. In extreme
cases, a dog can kill a child or an adult. Some large breeds have bite
capacities that can crush a person’s throat or cause serious head
and torso trauma. Some individuals suffer a great deal of blood loss in
addition to their wounds, which can also be fatal.
Ready to pursue justice?
If you or someone you love was injured by a dog bite, you should contact
a New York dog bite accident lawyer to discuss filing a claim. Many homeowners
and property owners have insurance policies that cover them if their pet
injures someone. These claims can be simple and straightforward when they
are handled by an experienced attorney, and they can result in a dog bite
settlement without a trial.
Our team of injury lawyers at Belushin Law Firm have a decade of legal
experience and are ready to help.