In the news this week, many New Yorkers saw an incident of a service dog biting a woman on the subway. Now, the dog’s owner has been arrested for reckless endangerment and assault. Other interesting facets of this case include that the dog’s owner punched the dog bite victim in the shoulder before the dog attacked and that the victim kicked the dog. This situation is very complicated. Ultimately, the dog’s owner was arrested but when it comes to the typical dog bite incident, this is not the case.
When an individual is bitten by a dog, they will have to collect some vital information that can help their personal injury case later on. It is important to obtain the dog owner’s name, their address, and the breed of the dog that attacked. It is also a good idea to collect the names and contact information of any witnesses to the dog attack, as their testimony can help to support the injured party’s claim if it is necessary.
Generally, the owner of the dog is responsible for a dog attack. However, if it can be proven that the injured party instigated the dog or was trespassing on property and was bitten by the dog as a result, the owner may not be held liable.
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