Dog bite injuries can cause severe injury and a lifetime of financial burdens. If you were hurt because of the negligence of a dog owner, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our firm to learn more about how our knowledgable New York personal injury attorneys can help you.
What should I do after a dog bite injury in New York?
If you would like to pursue legal action after a dog bite injury, there are a number of steps you will want to take. First, you should call 911. By contacting the police, they will be able to send out an ambulance so that you can receive proper medical care at a hospital. In the meantime, you should take photos of your injuries, and also try and obtain contact information from any witnesses to the incident. Witness testimony can be a huge part of a successful personal injury claim. Additionally, it is imperative that you obtain the dog owner’s information so you know who you are filing your claim against. Finally, it is important to retain the services of a skilled New York personal injury attorney that can represent you and obtain for you the compensation you deserve.
What is New York’s dog bite laws?
In most cases, New York generally holds dog owners liable for dog bite injuries. If you were bitten by a dog, you will have to establish that negligence on the owner’s part caused your injuries. If you are able to prove this, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the burdens you have sustained. This further insinuates that if you were attacked by a dog that was not on a leash and not on the owner’s property, you will be able to pursue legal action for the negligence of the dog owner. But, you will want to recognize that if the dog owner can prove that you provoked the attack, by trespassing, teasing the dog, or another reason, your claim may not be feasible.
Keep in mind that with all other personal injury claims, you must file a claim within the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years. Do not wait more than three years to take legal action because you will likely lose the chance to obtain the compensation you need. If you were bitten by a dog, do not wait to reach out to our skilled New York personal injury attorneys as soon as you can.
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The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.