Dog bites can lead to disfiguring injuries that require multiple expensive treatments. Some injuries may require ongoing care for wound treatment, scarring, and reconstruction.
Our dog bite lawyers serving Suffolk County can help if you or your loved one was bitten by a dog. You may be entitled to damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. While you focus on your recovery, we can handle the legal process of pursuing damages.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Suffolk County, call 516-451-7900
Dangerous Dog Laws in New York
New York has laws designed to protect innocent people from attacks by vicious dogs. AGM § 123 describes a dangerous dog as a dog that:
- Attacked a person, causing serious injury or death, without justification
- Attacked a companion animal, farm animal, or domestic animal, causing serious injury or death, without justification
Anyone who owns a dangerous dog must take certain precautions to prevent the dog from escaping and causing harm to the public. These precautions include:
- Restraining the dog on a leash
- Muzzling the dog
- Maintaining liability insurance not to exceed $100,000
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Who Is at Fault in a Dog Bite Incident?
In general, an owner who knows their dog is dangerous but allows it to bite and injure a person or service dog is considered negligent, whether they allow the dog to bite through a direct act or by failing to prevent it. A negligent owner is legally liable for the incident. There are some exceptions to this rule, such as:
- The dog attacked someone who was committing a crime or offense against the dog’s owner or on the owner’s property.
- The dog attacked someone who was tormenting, abusing, assaulting, or threatening the dog or has done so in the past.
- The dog was responding to pain or injury.
- The dog was protecting itself, its owner, or its offspring.
In New York, a negligent dog owner must pay damages to the injured party. They may also face civil penalties and a misdemeanor fine or imprisonment.
Recoverable Damages From a Dog Bite Incident
Dog bites can result in costly injuries that may warrant compensation from a liable party. In general, there are two categories of damages: economic, which provides compensation for direct expenses such as bills or lost wages, and non-economic, which provides compensation for intangible things like pain and suffering.
We can analyze the details of your case to determine how much your damages are worth. You may recover the following:
- Medical expenses such as emergency care, treatment for infection, wound care, and reconstructive surgeries
- Future medical treatment for bites that require ongoing care
- Lost wages if you must take time off work because of the dog bite
- Reduced earning capacity if you cannot return to work or to the same position because of the dog bite
A dog bite can cause lasting physical and psychological damage. You may be able to recover non-economic damages if the dog bite causes:
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Permanent disability
- Psychological problems such as a phobia, anxiety, depression, or PTSD
- A loss of quality of life
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How a Dog Bite Lawyer on Our Team Can Assist with Your Case
We can help with every step of the legal process, from determining whether you have a valid dog bite case to seeking fair compensation from the dog’s owner. Here are some ways our dog bite lawyers serving Suffolk County can help:
Investigate the Incident
A personal injury lawyer with our firm will investigate the circumstances that led to the dog bite. We can determine whether the bite was justified, if the dog had a history of attacks, and the steps the owner failed to take to prevent the incident.
Your lawyer can gather evidence, including medical documentation of your injuries, your firsthand account of the incident, interviews with eyewitnesses, and more.
Estimate how Much Your Case is Worth
We can use evidence to determine how much your case is worth. This evidence may include receipts from medical treatments, anticipated future medical expenses, wage statements, and interviews with you, your friends, and your family.
Seek Compensation From the Dog’s Owner
A lawyer with our firm can file an insurance claim with the dog owner’s insurance provider and submit supporting documents. They can negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
Take Your Case to Trial
If we cannot reach a fair settlement, we will take legal action by filing a lawsuit to seek a court-awarded offer.
Your Lawyer Can Help You Abide By Legal Deadlines
If you want to recover damages from a dog bite incident, you must meet state-imposed deadlines, such as:
- CPLR § 214 gives personal injury victims three years to file a lawsuit.
- EPTL § 5-4.1 gives surviving family members two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
You have to file a lawsuit against the liable party before the statute of limitations ends, but there are some exceptions to these deadlines which could make your time to act even sooner. A lawyer from our firm can evaluate your case and let you know which deadlines apply.
We Have Helped Many Victims of Personal Injury
Our team of lawyers has recovered millions of dollars in damages for people who were injured because of another person’s carelessness. Not only do we work hard to get you fair compensation for your injuries, but we work beside you, keeping you informed of the progress on your case and what each step means.
Here are some testimonials from our satisfied clients:
- “The staff at Rosenberg & Gluck are amazing! They helped to guide me through the process and kept me informed every step of the way. They delivered on their promise of getting me the best possible outcome for my case and I couldn’t be happier.”
- “I am a court reporter. I work with attorneys on a daily basis. When I was injured it was a no-brainer to choose Rosenberg & Gluck to handle my case. They are the most professional, hardworking, competent counsel in Suffolk County.”
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. Can Represent You in a Dog Bite Case
Your dog bite lawyer serving Suffolk County can help you recover damages for your economic and non-economic losses. If you or your child suffered a dog bite because of someone else’s negligence, call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today (631) 451-7900.
Take advantage of a free case consultation. We can assist you in Spanish. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay nothing unless we secure compensation for you.