Dog Bites

Long Island Dog Bite Lawyer

If you were attacked by a dog and left with serious injuries, you might have grounds to seek financial compensation. Find out by speaking with a Long Island dog bite lawyer.

The relationship between dogs and humans is truly special—there’s a reason why dogs are called “man’s best friend.” Unfortunately, sometimes man’s best friend does not act so friendly. If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, you know what a scary experience it can be.

Around 4.5 million dog bites occur each year, and one in five of these bites becomes infected. An infected bite means that you’re at higher risk of developing an illness after the canine attack, such as rabies, MRSA, or tetanus.

If you’ve been injured because a dog owner did not follow proper precautions and his or her dog bit you, it’s important to seek legal help so that you can get a full and fair settlement for your losses. A Long Island dog bite lawyer with Siler & Ingber, LLP can be a strong ally who will represent your interests and work to get you what you’re owed.

Who’s Responsible for a Dog Attack?

Dog owners, landlords, and anyone who harbors a dog have a responsibility to train their animals and ensure that they do not pose a threat to the public. Unfortunately, some owners are lax in these responsibilities. Even worse, a handful of dog owners are willfully negligent and actually encourage dangerous canine behaviors.

Section 121 of the New York Code says that the owner of a “dangerous dog” is responsible for injuries sustained by people, livestock, or companion animals such as service dogs. The owner is liable for medical bills resulting from dog bites, even if the owner took precautions to restrain the dog.

A “dangerous dog” is one that meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • Has already bitten a person, livestock, or pet
  • Exhibits dangerous behavior such that a reasonable person would believe the dog poses a threat to others

Law enforcement dogs are not included in the statute.

Can I sue for a dog bite in New York?

In the state of New York, if you sustained a physical or psychological injury from a dog bite you may be able to file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner. There is a “One BiteLaw in New York. This law states that a dog owner is only liable for their pet’s injurious actions if the owner had knowledge that the animal has shown prior vicious propensity in the past. Dog bite injury claims are usually filed by personal injury in civil court

Comparative Negligence and Defenses Used Against You

New York follows the doctrine of comparative negligence. This means that if your actions are found to have contributed to the dog biting you, your compensation amount will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are found responsible for.

This is especially important to consider after being attacked by a dog, as the owner will likely try to blame you for what happened. This makes it essential to have a Long Island dog bite lawyer who can build a case that proves what really happened. Common dog bite defenses that you might encounter are detailed below:

  • The dog was protecting itself, its puppies, or its owner
  • The dog was protecting property against a trespasser
  • The dog was experiencing pain and reacted by biting
  • The dog was provoked, assaulted, or abused and bit in defense

Other Considerations in Dog Attack Claims

While some breeds get a bad rap, studies have shown that any breed has the possibility of posing a threat to the public, and that one breed is not inherently more dangerous than another. Whether you were attacked by a pit bull, Rottweiler, Chihuahua, or poodle, it doesn’t really matter. Your Long Island dog bite lawyer will be able to help you build a case proving how the canine injured you.Also, it’s important to remember that you don’t have an unlimited amount of time in which to seek compensation for your bite injuries. In New York, the statute of limitations on a dog bite case is three years from the time of the bite. Your injury claim must be filed before this statute runs out for your case to be heard.

NY Dog Bite Lawsuit Settlements

Your Long Island dog bite lawyer will take into account all of the damages you are facing after your dog attack. We’ll make certain that the compensation you ultimately receive is both comprehensive and the largest amount available for your claim.These are some of the financial and non-economic damages you might be able to recover:
  • Current and future medical bills
  • Lost wages and earning ability
  • Therapy expenses, whether physical or emotional
  • Pain and suffering
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Disfigurement
A canine attack can be a terrifying thing to live through, and the aftershocks—in the form of physical or emotional trauma and medical bills—can keep coming. You can rely on our firm to get you the compensation you need and deserve.

Dog Attacks More Common in Summer

The “dog days of summer” refers to the hottest days of summer between July & August. It is during these hotter and longer days that bring more people outdoors for recreation. This is also the time of year when we see a heightened risk of dog attacks and dog bite injuries. According to a recent article in the Patch, there is no scientific evidence that an increase in temperatures makes dogs mores aggressive. However, we do see that hot weather has an impact on dog bite statistics.Children are at the greatest risk of being bitten by a dog during the summer. It is important that parents be prepared and remember some basic safety tips regarding children and dog bites:

Educate Your Children

It is vital to teach children from a young age how to be safe around dogs. They don’t always understand how to be gentle and they may not understand that a dog can bite. You must explain and remind kids that they should not approach dogs they do not know. Also, teach them not to touch a dog’s food, provoke them or play with them in a rough manner. Remind children that dogs bite when they are scared, intimidated or feeling protective.

Always Be Alert

Be alert for signs of dangerous dogs. Keep kids away from a dog if a dog is indicating signs of aggression. Teach kids to be aware of these signs and to slowly move away if a dog is growling or showing its teeth. If you can see the whites of a dog’s eyes and/or its fur is standing up, stay away. If the dog’s body is rigid or it is licking its lips, it may be stressed and ready to attack.

Contact a Long Island Dog Bite Lawyer

You don’t have to face the aftermath of a canine bite alone. Contact a Long Island dog bite lawyer with Siler & Ingber, LLP today. Just call 1-516-294-2666 or use the online contact form on this page to arrange a time for your free case evaluation.

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    In June of this year, a mother was walking home with her daughters and niece in the Bronx when they were attacked by two pit bulls. All of the victims were left with bite wounds and scratches after the dogs had somehow gotten away from their owners and charged at the group- the owners reportedly did very little to stop the attack.

    The following July, two pit bull attacks within one week rocked the community of Oceanside in the Town of Hempstead, resurfacing a controversial topic about the breed’s safety:

    Another attack by a pit bull was reported the following month in Manhattan. The incident left a King Charles spaniel in Washington Heights with a disfigured jaw and the owner with defensive scratches from attempting to fight off the dog that would not stop circling her while out for a walk.

     

    Dogs Bites are Deadly and Out of Control

    Man’s best friend has been used for decades as a method for reducing stress, anxiety, and even physically guiding humans who require assistance due to disabilities. But not all dogs are cuddly and supportive, in fact, some are nothing more than deadly and dangerous. In a study published by DogBite.org examining dog attack fatalities between 2005 to 2016, approximately 433 Americans were killed by vicious canine attacks. Sadly, 208 of these fatalities were children under the age of nine years old, a population much more likely to be trusting and open to dogs even when they appear to be dangerous.

     

    Injuries Caused by Dog Bites

    Every year, there are an astounding 4.5 million dog bites reported according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)- about one dog bite every 75 seconds! Dog bites can lead to serious injuries and infections as highlighted by MedicineNet, including:

    It’s estimated that about 1 in every 5 dog bites becomes infected after an attack, which can lead to serious illnesses, health conditions, and even death. While some injuries can be repaired with simple antiseptic and band-aids, other require serious medical care and surgery. Annually, around 27,000 victims of dog bites are forced to undergo reconstructive surgery from their attack, costing victims on average $18,200 just for a dog-bite related hospital stay.

     

    Most Dangerous Breeds

    Dog advocates around the country are adamant that owners are the number one factor of how dangerous a dog is to the public. Studies may show evidence that dogs are not born aggressive, yet the statistics regarding which breeds cause the most deadly attacks also do not lie.

    DogBite.org revealed a study showing the number of fatalities linked to each breed over a 13-year study on fatal dog attacks. Out of the 433 deaths examined in the country, these breeds were responsible for the following deaths:

    Almost all of the serious and fatal dog attacks within the New York City and Long Island communities over the last few months have been traced back to pit bulls. Arguments could be made that aggressive owners are drawn to these types of dogs, which is causing their vicious behaviors. Feelings aside, there remains an enormous problem to be addressed when it comes to breeds with historical patterns of violent behaviors- these dogs are permanently damaging and killing people.

     

    What’s the Law

    New York residents have rights to a safe community without the fear of being mauled by aggressive dogs. Owning a dog is a privilege in the state, not a right, and there are laws that must be followed to keep communities safe from unnecessary and preventable dog attacks.

    Most laws are locally based when it comes to leash requirements and areas where dogs are allowed in public. When it comes to determining ‘dangerous dogs’, New York State has its own protocols to follow when a complaint is made by a witness or victim of a dog attack. NYS defines a ‘dangerous dog’ as an animal who…

    Each municipality is required to name either a dog control/peace officer or employ their local police officers, to respond to situations where a dog attack occurs. These officers have the right to seize any dog who meets the following criteria:

    When a dog is seized, a proceeding will be commenced to make a decision about what to do about the animal. Unfortunately, euthanizing violent dogs is generally the outcome of a serious dog attack, especially when there is no guarantee that the animal will not hurt or kill again once released.

     

    What To Do About Dog Bites

    Dog owners or pedestrians just out for a walk are being placed in an impossible position when coming up against an aggressive dog on the streets, particularly when they are off of a leash. The CDC recommends following these precautionary steps when encountering a possibly dangerous dog in public:

    In the terrifying scenario where you are bitten by a dog, following these steps can be extremely helpful for the most favorable outcome when it comes to your health and safety:

     

    Fight Back Against Dog Bites

    Vicious dogs have no place in our communities and can put the lives of our residents at risk. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury or illness as a result of a dog bite, our expert personal injury attorneys at Siler & Ingber are here to fight for you. Our winning team is experienced in dog bite cases, keeping your well being and safety as a top priority throughout the entire process. Call 1-877-LAW-4343 for a free consultation to explore your options and to seek justice for your unnecessary accident.

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