An owner is liable for dog bites and or attacks by their animal especially when the dog has previously exhibited violent behavior or vicious propensities such as gnarling, baring teeth, growling, and lunging at people. Damages in dog bite cases are usually paid by homeowners insurance.
Over sixty percent of dog bite cases involve child victims. Dog attacks can leave emotional and physical scars. Our firm works closely with medical doctors, psychologists, and plastic surgery experts. Often surgery is needed to repair damaged tissues and minimize scarring.
Most pet owners in the city are conscientious and treat their pets like members of the family. Some, however, do not treat their animals with care and devotion. When a mistreated dog becomes aggressive and attacks another person, the owner may be liable for the victim’s injuries under New York law. If you have been the victim of a dog bite or other animal attack in New York City, contact the New York City dog bite attorneys at Frekhtman & Associates as soon as possible, so our injury attorneys can provide a free and strategic review of your legal options.
New York state follows a “strict liability rule” with regard to dog bites. This means that pet owners are liable for any medical or veterinary expenses if their pet bites a person or another animal. This law applies regardless of whether owners knew their dog was dangerous.
In other words, pet owners are liable for their pet’s actions, even if the animal had no previous history of violent or aggressive behavior. Liability even applies if the dog owner took reasonable steps to prevent an attack. For example, even if a pet owner had his or her animal on a leash, the pet owner may still be liable for the actions of the animal.
New York also has a “one bite” rule that applies to nonmedical expenses. When an animal bites for the first time, the owner is only responsible for medical expenses. Once they establish a history of violence, however, they can also be on the hook for pain and suffering if the animal ever bites again.
In some cases, it may be difficult to prove a dog’s violent history and gain compensation for pain, suffering, and other intangible costs. These cases require the assistance of a diligent premises liability attorney.
The New York City dog bite attorneys at Frekhtman & Associates can help you obtain compensation for your dog bite injury. Some of the kinds of cases we handle include:
New York’s dog bite statutes protect against more than just canines – they are generalizable to any animal attack. If you or a loved one experienced any injury from an animal on private or public property, you may be able to collect compensation for medical or nonmedical expenses.
The law requires dog owners in New York to follow certain rules regarding leashing, licensing, and vaccination. If they fail to follow state and local laws, someone should hold them accountable. If you’ve been the victim of an animal attack or dog bite, contact the New York City dog bite attorneys at Frekhtman & Associates to schedule a free case review. Let us provide an informative and confidential review of your legal options today.