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Dog Bite Injuries to Children

Long Island Dog Bite Attorney for Child Injuries

After having helped millions of families with their personal injury cases, you can trust the Long Island personal injury attorney at The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. to assist with your child’s dog bite injury case. We understand the perceptibility that children have to be severely injured by dogs, especially because of their small bodies and vulnerable dispositions.

Another unfortunate element of dog attacks associated with children is that an injury to a child is often more traumatic and has the ability to cause more physical damage than an injury to an adult. If a dog has bitten or injured your child, it's very important to contact a dog bite lawyer in Long Island who is experienced in handling dog bites and the legal process of recovering compensation for all damages – both physical and emotional.

Steps to Take After a Dog Attack

undefinedIf a dog injures your child, whether it happened in a public place such as a park or sidewalk, or it took place while visiting someone on private property, you should immediately take measures to handle the injury. This could be administering first aid, including cleaning the wound and applying a bandage, or it could be calling for an ambulance.

Find out from the owner if the dog has any known diseases or infections. Keep in mind that an injury could also be a scratch, or the dog could have knocked the child down with no scratches or bites. Another common way people get injured is when they attempt to flee from a dog they feel is being aggressive and then subsequently trip or fall and injure themselves.

Common Injuries Resulting from a Dog Attack

Injuries from dog attacks can include deep puncture wounds or scratches, torn skin and tissue, and in children, these injuries are often to the neck, head and arms. Large dogs are quite capable of breaking or crushing bones with their powerful jaws, even with adults. Dismemberment is the tragic consequence of a vicious attack. Unfortunately, a dog attack can also result in death.

Statistics show that with children, most of the injuries are usually to the head and neck. A small body is in more danger of a crushed skill or a penetrated carotid artery. Even small dogs can cause serious injuries to young children. There is also a real consequence of a particularly dangerous infection, rabies, and permanent scarring. It would be crucial to know whether the dog's rabies vaccinations are current. In some cases, it is necessary for a victim to undergo reconstructive surgery, skin grafts, physical therapy, and surgery to attempt to improve the appearance of scars.

Emotional Trauma

Children who have been attacked by a dog are likely to have emotional trauma as well as physical injury. This can manifest as nightmares, heightened fear of dogs and other animals, and many other stress-related symptoms. Often these can last a lifetime. In the State of New York, persons under the age of 18 are known as infants in dog bite cases.

A standard is 1 year after an injury before a doctor can determine whether an injury will leave permanent scars, although sometimes it is clear that it will. If the dog owner is found liable, the court must approve any attempt to settle the claim. A Supreme Court Judge must also review the case. Any settlement that is made for the infant must be held in a trust account until the infant reaches the age of 18.

Fighting for Justice for Injured Children

If your child has suffered any kind of injury from a vicious dog, you need the guidance of a skilled Long Island dog bite attorney. New York dog bite law is fairly complex, and at the firm, we know how to manage these cases with professional skill – and personal commitment. Your child's future can be forever changed due to a failure of a dog owner to protect others from a vicious attack. The firm takes these cases very seriously on a personal level.

Contact The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. today for more information about recovering compensation for all damages.

We Have Recovered OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS

  • $1.2 Million Dollar Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff was driving his motor vehicle straight when defendant, who was legally drunk, crossed over a divider and struck the plaintiff's car head on. Plaintiff was the only occupant in the car and died instantly. Plaintiff had dependent wife and teenage son.

  • $1.6 Million Dollar Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 50 year old man who was doing repair work on a residential residence in Suffolk County. He was on a ladder when several bricks in the patio supporting the ladder gave way causing him to fall to the ground. The homeowner was negligent due to the improper construction and maintenance of the brick patio. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his pelvis, back, neck and legs and is disabled from future work.

  • $850,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 65 year old male driving his motor vehicle at approximately 3:00 a.m. when a tour bus pulled out from a parking lot. Plaintiff was driving straight and struck the middle of the tour bus on the driver's side. Defendant claimed that he was stopped in the roadway waiting to make a left hand turn and plaintiff had ample to see the tour bus and avoid a collision.

    Defendant additionally argued the reflectors on the side of the bus would make the bus clearly visible and that plaintiff was fatigued from work. Plaintiff suffered broken ribs and a fractured hip requiring an open reduction and necessitating plaintiff walk with the assistance of a cane.

  • $600,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 38 year old livery cab driver. He parked his car at the end of his shift in the dispatch garage and was walking to the office. Another car entered the garage at an unreasonable speed and skidded on oil that was left pooling by the owner of the garage. The car pinned plaintiff up against the garage wall breaking his left tibia and fibula and causing him to suffer permanent limp.

    Defendants claimed there was a safe egress from the garage and plaintiff was responsible for putting himself in harm's way. Additionally, defendants submitted surveillance video of plaintiff participating in recreational sports.

  • $555,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 33 year old man who was riding his bicycle through an intersection when he was struck by a motor vehicle and injured his left knee. Plaintiff suffered a torn ACL requiring surgery an extensive rehabilitation. Plaintiff's injury resulted in a 1 inch atrophy of the left quadriceps muscle. Defendant claimed his motor vehicle was stopped at a red light when plaintiff rode off the sidewalk and struck the right front quarter panel of the vehicle.

  • $395,000 Settlement at Jury Selection

    Plaintiff is a seventy year old woman that slipped on ice in her apartment complex owned by the New York City Housing Authority. She suffered a bimalleolar fracture with an avulsion fracture of the medial malleolus requiring an open reduction and insertion of hardware. Defendant claimed they did not have ample opportunity to remove the snow and ice since it had snowed over two feet in the twenty four hours before the accident. Through discovery and further investigation it was revealed that an employee of the defendant was directed to remove the snow and ice from the subject area, but refused his assignment. The area in question, therefore, remained untended for an unreasonably long period of time.

  • $390,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff, a 38 year old female was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Suffolk County. Plaintiff underwent surgery consisting of a mini-open retro-peritoneal exposure of the lumbar spine with an anterior lumbar interbody decompression and fusion; partial vertebral corpectomy and a lumbar implant L5-S1. Defendant argued that the impact and damage to the motor vehicle was not significant and that plaintiff had a prior accident resulting in her undergoing MRI’s evidencing significant lumbar injuries.

  • $350,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 33 year old male driving his motorcycle straight when the defendant attempted to make a right turn and struck the side of plaintiff's motorcycle. Defendant claimed he followed a turn arrow and that the plaintiff rode through a steady red light. Defendant also claimed that according to plaintiff's own doctors he made an excellent recovery and suffered no restrictions.

    Plaintiff suffered a fracture of his right tibia and fibula requiring surgery. Defendant was found to be 100% liable at trial and offered a $100,000 settlement. Plaintiff refused the offer and obtained a jury verdict.

  • $300,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: The plaintiff is a 38 year old male who was stopped in traffic when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff was awarded summary judgment on liability and the matter proceeded to trial on damages. The plaintiff suffered a lumbar herniated disc requiring a fusion and laminectomy.

    Defendant claimed that the plaintiff's injury was not related to the accident as he suffers from severe Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Defendant also obtained surveillance footage of plaintiff working at a construction site carrying various heavy objects. Case settled after jury selection and before opening statements.

  • $295,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 43 year old women who was driving her motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff suffered thoracic and lumbar herniated discs requiring a posterolateral spinal fusion at T11 – L2, segmental pedicle fixation at T11-L2 and an iliac crest bone graft. Defendant conceded liability but claimed the injury was degenerative as there was no visible damage to the motor vehicle plaintiff was operating.


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