A dog bite can be a traumatic and painful experience. New York law holds the owner of a dog strictly liable for medical bills and related costs, should their dog bite or attack someone. In New York, dog bite cases proceed on the grounds of strict liability, meaning that the injured party must prove the owner had some knowledge of the animal’s vicious propensity. Vicious propensity can be proved by a dog’s history of growling, nipping, or snapping at people or by acting in some manner that demonstrates its intent to harm. Dog bites often result in both physical and emotional harm and often result in significant scarring.
If you have been injured in a dog attack or suffered a dog bite in New York or Long Island, contact our personal injury attorneys at The Saul Law Firm, LLP.
New York Dog Bite Laws
In New York, dog bite laws are a mix of the “one-bite” rule and strict liability for medical and veterinary costs. This means that a dog owner may not be liable for the first bite if they had no reason to believe the dog was dangerous. However, once a dog has demonstrated aggressive behavior or bitten someone, the owner becomes strictly liable for any medical costs resulting from future bites. In addition, local statutes in various New York jurisdictions may impose additional responsibilities on dog owners.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bite injuries can vary in severity and may include puncture wounds, lacerations, nerve damage, and in severe cases, broken bones. Victims might also suffer from infections like rabies or tetanus, and emotional trauma, including fear of dogs or PTSD. The physical and psychological impact of a dog bite can be significant, leading to long-term consequences for the victim.
When Can You File a Dog Bite Claim in New York?
You can file a dog bite claim in New York if you can prove that the dog had a known propensity for aggression, which the owner was aware of. This is often evidenced by a previous bite or aggressive behavior. In cases where strict liability applies, proving the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s aggression is not necessary for medical cost recovery. It’s important to note the statute of limitations in New York for filing such a claim, which is generally three years from the date of the bite.
What To Do After Being Bitten By a Dog in New York City
If bitten by a dog in New York City, immediately seek medical attention, even if the injury seems minor. Report the incident to local authorities or animal control, and gather as much information as possible, including the dog owner’s contact details and any witness statements. Document your injuries with photographs and keep a record of medical treatments and related expenses.
Let Our New York & Long Island Dog Bite Attorneys Handle Your Case
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog bite in New York or Long Island, don’t hesitate to contact our skilled dog bite injury lawyers. We offer comprehensive legal support, from case evaluation to representation in court, ensuring that your rights are protected every step of the way.
The Saul Law Firm, LLP helps clients with dog bite and dog attack cases throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, Brooklyn, New York City, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Westchester County.