Dog bite cases are a form of premises liability—owners are required to prevent harm to visitors, and that obligation extends to their pets’ behavior. New York offers help with medical expenses for victims, but you could pursue additional compensation.
A Holtsville dog bite attorney from our firm can negotiate a settlement, prove fault, and seek your injury-related losses.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite injury lawyer serving Holtsville, call 516-451-7900
You Could Recover the Cost of Your Damages in Suffolk County
According to New York’s dog bite laws, you could be eligible for compensation for medical expenses simply because you were bitten. That means you could be entitled to funds for:
- Emergency room visits
- X-rays and other imaging tests
- Antibiotics and prescriptions
- Physical therapy
Whatever is medically necessary to treat your injuries could be reimbursed or paid for by the dog owner, from initial care to rehabilitation.
Other Forms of Compensation That May Be Available
However, you may have grounds to pursue additional compensation for other consequences of the attack. We can also pursue damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental health treatment
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
The cost of a dog bite is more than just a trip to the doctor. Phobias, facial injuries, or disabilities, among other consequences, take a toll emotionally and financially. Our dog bite attorneys want you to receive support and acknowledgment after being attacked by a dog in Holtsville.
Compensation Could Account for Your Injuries and Related Hardships
A dog doesn’t have to bite you for you to receive compensation. New York law uses the word “attack” instead of “bite” to emphasize the many ways victims can be injured by dogs, per AGM § 123. That can include being knocked down or sustaining injuries while trying to avoid an attack.
We can pursue payment to treat:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
Moreover, the greatest risk of dog bites is infection, as emphasized by Cleveland Clinic. The bacteria and contaminants that can be found in a dog’s mouth include:
Some of these cause serious infections, particularly capnocytophaga, which can lead to sepsis. They also carry a price tag—expensive shots and vaccinations, hospitalizations, intravenous antibiotics, and secondary conditions from falling ill.
We fight for damages to cover these costs. You would not have experienced these infections or injuries if not for an aggressive dog, and for that, you deserve compensation.
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Our Dog Attack Attorneys Can Handle Every Aspect of Your Case
The dog bite lawyers at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. want to know every detail of your attack in Holtsville. The more information we have, the better we can support your case. Moreover, we want to know how this incident has affected you personally.
However, you don’t have to find supporting information by yourself. Part of our job is researching and investigating your case, so you don’t have to. We can look into:
- The dog’s history of dangerous behavior
- The owner’s potentially negligent actions
- Witness statements from those present at the attack
- Testimony from friends, family, and neighbors about the dog
- Medical records about your injuries and prognosis
- Costs associated with your injury to assign a case value
Receiving damages beyond medical expenses in New York requires demonstrating that an owner was careless, especially if the dog was dangerous. We work to accomplish that for you, compiling evidence and linking the owner’s actions to your injuries. While you recover, we research.
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Pursuing Compensation on Behalf of Others
Dog bites and attacks can be especially dangerous to children, who tend to sustain injuries to the neck and head, according to a 2019 study in Heliyon. In some cases, dog attacks claim the lives of victims.
If your minor child was injured by a dog, or you lost a loved one to an attack, we can file a lawsuit on their behalf. For personal injury, the statute of limitations for filing civil lawsuits is generally three years, while wrongful death lawsuits typically have two years (CPLR § 214 and EPTL § 5-4.1, respectively). Some factors can shorten that window.
Watching a loved one in pain or losing someone to a preventable tragedy is enough of a burden on you. Our team can take on the logistics of your case.
We Can Help You Navigate New York’s Dog Attack Laws
The difference between receiving reimbursement for medical costs and being eligible for additional damages is negligence. For instance, did the dog owner fail to restrain a dangerous animal? We can help you understand the role negligence played in your case and gather evidence to demonstrate it.
What Qualifies as Owner Negligence?
One way an owner can be negligent is if they did not follow basic safety rules or local laws. For instance, Suffolk County has requirements for dogs in parks, such as not leaving them unattended and keeping them on a leash at all times. An owner who fails to do so is negligent.
Even how an owner restrains their dog at home can be reckless. A dog known to jump on visitors should be kept in another room or outside; if the owner did not do that and the dog jumped on someone, causing them to fall and break an arm, the owner was negligent.
What is a Dangerous Dog?
According to AGM § 108, a dangerous dog is one that:
- Attacks a person, domestic animal, or service animal and causes physical injury or death
- Behaves in a way that a reasonable person would deem a threat of physical injury or death
We can research the dog that attacked you to determine if it had a history of this kind of behavior. Furthermore, we can use your injuries and witness statements to underline the consequences of an owner failing to restrain such a dog.
Learn More Today with a Free Case Review From Our Team
At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., our dog bite attorneys serve Holtsville attack victims by being accessible, honest, and dedicated. We can also assist clients in Spanish. Get started today with a free consultation by calling (631) 451-7900.