New York dog bite victims may have a right to damages through a personal injury claim, compensation that can help them afford the costs of their medical injuries and compensate them for the trauma, pain, and suffering caused by a dog bite.
The committed and professional New York City dog bite injury lawyers at the Kohn Law Firm can help you determine whether filing a lawsuit based on your dog bite injuries is the right choice for you. Contact the Bronx offices of the Kohn Law Firm today for a no-cost consultation on your dog bite claim.
There are about 90 million dogs being kept as pets across the US. While most are loving and safe towards their owners and others, millions of Americans are injured by dogs each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that 4.5 million people across the country are bitten by a dog every year. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in a report, about 316,000 people needed to visit the emergency room after a dog bite in 2008, and about 9,500 required extended hospitalization. Children are especially vulnerable to serious injury from dog attacks.
Dog bites can cause many types of injuries, including:
You may have heard that there is a “one-bite rule” under New York law, where dog owners cannot be held legally responsible for injuries caused by their dog if it is the first time that the dog has bitten someone. This is not necessarily true. New York dog owners are liable for injuries caused by their dogs when the victim can show that the owner knew or should have known that their dog had dangerous or vicious propensities. This means that evidence such as eyewitness testimony describing the dog lunging aggressively, snarling at a stranger, or baring its teeth, can be used to support a claim that the owner should have known their dog was a threat to others’ safety before it bit the victim. A seasoned New York dog bite lawyer can help you prove your right to damages after a bite by presenting evidence of the dog’s violent tendencies.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog bite in New York, get seasoned and aggressive legal help recovering the money you’re owed by contacting the Bronx offices of the Kohn Law Firm for a free consultation at 718-409-1200.