If you were attacked by a dog, we understand the traumatizing effects it can cause, without even considering the injuries you may have sustained. Our lawyers can answer questions you may have like:
Working with an experienced New York dog bite injury lawyer is the first step towards fighting for compensation to help pay for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact our legal team today to schedule your free case evaluation.
Although dogs are often considered man’s best friend, they can also cause great harm, often unintentionally.
While people of all ages may fall victim to a dog bite accident, children have the highest risk. In New York, over 6,000 children under 20 are treated at the hospital each year due to dog bites and attacks. In fact, children of this age range comprise of 79% of all fatal attacks. For more information, read the full study.
Under most circumstances, dog bites are preventable. Often dogs will bite out of fear or a desire to protect their owner or home. Children are most commonly involved in dog bite accidents because they’re often unaware of how to safely interact with dogs, which may spark defensive reactions on the part of the dog. However, parental supervision and instruction on safe ways to approach dogs can be extremely helpful in preventing dog bites. Here are some general safety tips to keep in mind when interacting with someone else’s dog:
As a dog owner, there are certain measures you may take to protect the safety and well-being of others, as well as your dog. These precautions include:
New York State has a ‘one-bite rule.’ The one-bite rule states that upon a dog’s first biting incident, the owner is not held liable as long as they didn’t have reason to believe their dog was likely to engage in such behavior. Indicators that an owner must take into consideration in assessing the likelihood of their dog behaving with aggression include:
If the dog in question has a history of any of the aforementioned behaviors, it is unlikely that the one-bite rule will apply. A judge will likely find the owner liable for the dog-bite.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a dog bite attack, contact a personal injury attorney today. According to a study conducted by The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the average cost of a dog-bite related hospital stay is $18,200. You deserve financial compensation for your medical expenses. Over the years, the Attorneys of Banville Law have helped numerous victims secure settlements for their injuries.
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