Dog Bites

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Dog bites are highly susceptible to infection. If you've been bitten by a dog, get immediate medical attention to determine whether or not you may have been exposed to tetanus as a result. Then, contact a Long Island personal injury attorney at The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. for the legal representation you need.

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The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. has decades of experience spanning multiple generations. Our legal team is more than qualified to obtain maximum results for your dog bite claim.

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I've Been Attacked By Someone Else's Dangerous Pet. What Now?

The first and most important step is to get medical attention and call law enforcement so that the animal in question is unable to harm anyone else. Getting the name of the owner of the animal is vital too. Then we can carefully review your case and advise you on what to expect when seeking maximum compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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Who is Liable for a Dog Bite Injury in New York?

Unlike many other states in the U.S., New York does not hold dog owners strictly liable for the actions of their pet. Rather, the burden of proof is placed on the victim. As such, it would be the responsibility of the victim to prove that one of three circumstances existed:

  • The owner knew, or should have known, of the dog's violent propensities
  • The owner was unaware of the dog's vicious tendencies, but negligently caused the attack
  • They were attacked by a "dangerous dog."

If the plaintiff can prove that the owner had prior knowledge of the dog's violent behavior and/or they had negligently contributed to the attack, strict liability would be imposed for any injuries that were sustained. If the victim can show that they had been attacked by a "dangerous dog," however, they would be able to recover damages under the common law and the Dangerous Dog Statute (New York Agriculture & Markets Code section 123).

What Is Considered A Dangerous Dog?

According to the Dangerous Dog Statute, a dangerous dog would be:

  • Any dog that attacks a person, companion animal or domestic animal without justification, and subsequently causes physical injury or death.
  • Any dog that behaves in such a manner that would pose a serious and unjustified imminent threat of serious physical injury or death.
  • Any dog that attacks a service dog, guide dog or hearing dog without justification, and subsequently causes physical injury or death.

Vicious Propensities

The dog owner is liable for medical bills and veterinary costs only, unless it can be proven that the owner of the dog was aware that the animal had a history of biting or other vicious propensities. If so, he or she can be held liable for pain and suffering as well.

Examples of vicious propensity could include the following:

  • The dog is known to have bitten someone in the past
  • The dog growls, bares its teeth, snarls, snaps or barks excessively
  • The dog goes into an aggressive "attack stance"
  • The dog is often muzzled by its owner
  • The owner's property had a "beware of dog" warning posted

Any person hurt by a dog that seeks compensation above the costs of medical bills must prove that the dog had "vicious propensities" and was unprovoked before the attack.

Find Out How a Dog Attack Attorney in Long Island Can Help

You deserve maximum compensation! We can help you establish liability on the part of the owner and fight for a fair payout so that you do not suffer financial stress due to someone else's negligence. For more information about protecting your rights, filing an insurance claim, and obtaining the compensation you need, contact a Long Island dog bite lawyer at The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible.

We serve clients throughout Long Island, Queens, Suffolk, and Nassau. Call for a free consultation & answers to all of your legal questions!

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We are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have sustained. We are determined to fight for you. We have a no recovery, no fee policy, so you don't pay unless we win.

Compensation for a Dog Bite

Since New York falls under a "mixed" category when it comes to regulating dog owner liability, the victim of an animal attack would be able to recover minimal compensation for the cost of their medical bills even if they were unable to prove that the dog had vicious tendencies.

If they were able to prove that the dog had previously attacked another person and/or that the owner was aware of their pet's dangerous habits, they would be able to seek damages for pain and suffering, as well. Similarly, the owner who negligently permitted their dog to attack another person would be subject to a civil penalty of $1,500.

If the dog had previously been deemed "dangerous," the owner could be penalized by 90 days' imprisonment and a $3,000 fine. Finally, the owner would be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor if they had negligently allowed a dangerous dog to attack and kill another person—which is punishable by up to one year in prison.

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