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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.

  • $175,000 UM Arbitration

    Plaintiff is a 65 year old man who was injured when walking to his car parked on the street in front of a house he was visiting. Plaintiff was struck and knocked to the ground by an unidentified driver. Plaintiff reported the accident to the police and sought evaluation at the hospital. Plaintiff did not treat for one month after the accident as he was suffering from unrelated physical ailments. When plaintiff did seek treatment it was determined he suffered a torn ligament in his hip. Plaintiff’s doctor opined that the only remedy was surgery and plaintiff was not a candidate because of his COPD. Defendant contested the validity of the occurrence as well as the causation of the injury. Defendant cited the plaintiff’s previous injuries and accidents claiming his hip injury was a consequence of prior falls as well related to his history of arthritis.

  • $200,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff was a 26 year old male who died during a house fire occurring in Suffolk County. The defendant, who is the owner of the house admitted that she could not credibly testify the smoke detectors were operational as they were not checked regularly. Defendant home owner also admitted that the batteries used in the smoke detectors were never changed to her knowledge. Counsel for the defendant alleged that the plaintiff engaged in culpable conduct in the origin and subsequent spreading of the fire. Counsel also attempted to limit damages by emphasizing plaintiff did not have any dependents.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 32 year old woman who was driving her motor vehicle and stopped at a red light when her car was struck in the rear by another motor vehicle. Plaintiff suffered horizontal tears of the anterior horns of the medial and lateral menisci of the right knee with traumatic chondromalacia. Plaintiff's injuries necessitated multiple injections to her right knee as well as two arthroscopic surgeries.

    Plaintiff's surgeon opined that a total knee replacement is a possibility as plaintiff ages because her injuries will exacerbate the normal degenerative changes. Defendant argued that Plaintiff made a full recovery as she was able to return to work without limiting the scope of her duties.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 54 year old woman who was exiting her motor vehicle when she slipped and fell on ice and snow in defendant's parking lot. Plaintiff sustained a fracture of her left ankle requiring surgery. Defendant claimed that they plowed, sanded and salted the parking in a reasonable manner and furthermore plaintiff did not suffer any residual limitations from the injury and resulting surgery.

  • $250,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 62 year old male who experienced car trouble on a busy highway at 9:00 p.m. He proceeded to pull off to the side of the roadway and open the hood. As he was standing in front of his car working under the hood the defendant was driving his motor vehicle and did not see plaintiff's car.

    Defendant struck the plaintiff's stopped car in the rear causing plaintiff to be catapulted ten feet into the air. Plaintiff landed on the roadway and suffered a severely herniated disc at L4-L5 requiring him to wear a hard back brace at all times. Defendant claims plaintiff was responsible for the accident as plaintiff did not maintain any lights or warning that his car was stopped and encroaching into a traffic lane.

  • $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.

  • $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.

  • $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.


  • I highly recommend this law firm!!

    “The whole staff is completely heart warming!! After my accident they came to my house to talk to me cause my mobility wouldn't let me go to them They constantly call and email to see how I'm doing. I highly recommend this law firm!!”


  • I cannot say enough about the Odierno Law Firm! Everyone I worked with truly went out of their way

    “I cannot say enough about the Odierno Law Firm! Everyone I worked with truly went out of their way to explain the legal process, make me feel at ease, and explain each step thoroughly in language I could easily understand. I have no doubt that choosing Odierno was the best decision I could have made! Thank you to Scott, Russell, Stephanie, Maria, Kim and the entire office for all of your efforts on my behalf.”


  • Very professional, helpful and efficient.

    “I highly recommend the Odierno Law Firm. His entire staff is very professional, helpful and efficient.”


  • They checked up on me every week until my case was settled and I still hear from them from time to time.

    “They represented me in a car accident that I was in and they made sure that they did everything possible to make me comfortable. They checked up on me every week until my case was settled and I still hear from them from time to time. I definitely would recommend them to people.”


  • Thank you for all your help

    “Just wanted to say thank you for everything, it was a pleasure to work with Maria and Stephanie who worked on my case. They were so friendly and especially given the circumstances of being in pain they really made this awful experience better and manageable. They really were on the ball and I can not thank them enough. Thanks for great service!!”

    Jennifer DiPietro


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