A dog bite can cause severe damage and leave lasting scars—both physical and mental. If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, hire a dog bite injury lawyer serving Freeport at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. to discuss your legal options. You may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Call our office at (516) 451-7900 today for a free case evaluation.
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The Dangers of Dog Bites
Being bitten by a dog can be a frightening, painful experience. Dog bites can cause lacerations, puncture wounds, damage to nerves, tendons, and ligaments, broken bones, and other serious injuries. A dog bite victim may be left with reduced functioning or disfiguring scars for the rest of his or her life. Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and sleep problems may plague a dog bite victim for months or years after the attack.
Dog bites can also become dangerously infected. Bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other pathogens in the dog’s mouth may be introduced into the victim’s bloodstream during an attack. If the victim does not receive medical treatment quickly, the infection may worsen or even lead to sepsis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dogs can carry many different diseases, including:
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
If you were bitten by a dog, you may require emergency room treatment, stitches, wound care, surgery, prescription medication, and other costly medical care. You may need physical therapy, occupational therapy, or psychological treatment to fully recover from your injuries. Maybe you have to take time off of work while you are recovering. These financial losses resulting from a dog attack can quickly add up.
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New York Law Regarding Dog Bite Attacks
Each state handles dog bite liability slightly differently. Most states follow one of two legal doctrines when it comes to dog attacks: strict liability or negligence. Under strict liability, the dog owner is automatically responsible for injuries caused by their dog unless the dog was provoked, or there were other extenuating circumstances. Under the theory of negligence, a dog owner is only liable if the dog had bitten someone or had exhibited other vicious propensities before.
New York law follows a strict liability standard when it comes to dog bites. If the dog who attacked you is deemed a “dangerous dog,” or the owner had knowledge of the dog’s prior vicious propensities, the owner is strictly liable for your medical costs and other damages. To recover compensation, you will need to demonstrate that the dog had a history of biting or other vicious behavior and that the owner knew of the dog’s aggressive tendency.
New York Agriculture & Markets (AGM) §123 defines a dangerous dog as one that injures a person, companion animal, or farm animal without justification or behaves in a way that poses a serious threat of injury or death.
A dog bite injury lawyer serving Freeport from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can help you understand your rights after a dog bite and seek compensation for your damages. Call us at (516) 451-7900 for a free consultation today.
Damages in a Dog Bite Injury Case
If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The dog owner or the owner’s homeowner’s insurance may be required to reimburse you for past and future costs resulting from the attack as well as for damages relating to pain and suffering.
A dog bite injury claim may allow you to recover compensation for your past, present, and future medical care. You may be compensated for medical bills resulting from emergency room treatment, hospitalization, nursing care, plastic surgery, prescription medication, rehabilitative care, doctor’s visits, mental health counseling, and other medical treatment.
If your injuries required you to miss work, you may be able to recover compensation for your lost wages. You may also be compensated for future missed work due to follow-up appointments or ongoing medical or mental health treatment.
Reduced Earning Capacity
A severe dog bite can leave lasting damage that impacts a person’s ability to earn a living. If your injuries negatively affected your income-earning ability, you may be entitled to compensation for your reduced earning capacity.
Disfigurement and Scarring
Dog bites, especially dog bites to the face, can leave disfiguring tissue damage and scarring.
Non-economic damages are losses that do not hold any monetary value on their own. You may be entitled to compensation for your physical pain, mental suffering, emotional distress, and reduced quality of life.
Wrongful Death Damages
Tragically, some dog attacks are fatal. If you have lost a loved one in a dog attack, no amount of money could make up for your tragic loss. However, you may be able to hold the dog owner accountable for the loss and recover financial compensation through a wrongful death claim. You may be entitled to compensation for the decedent’s medical bills, funeral and burial costs, lost income to the estate, and other damages.
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Contact Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. for Help Today
Let a dog bite injury lawyer serving Freeport from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. handle your dog bite case on your behalf so that you can focus on recovering from the traumatic ordeal. Our team understands New York dog bite laws and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Given sufficient notice, we can help you meet the statute of limitations. New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214 dictates that personal injury lawsuits are generally subject to a three-year statute of limitations.
On the other hand, wrongful death lawsuits are generally subject to a two-year statute of limitations, according to New York Estates, Powers & Trusts (EPT) §5-4.1. However, certain circumstances can reduce the statute of limitations. It is important to act quickly to ensure that you have the best chances possible of recovering compensation.
Call our office today at (516) 451-7900 for a free case assessment. We have team members who can speak Spanish if that is your preferred language.