Dog Bite Attorney
Dog Bites in the New York Metropolitan Area
More than 4 million people suffer from dog bites every year in the United States, and 1 million of these victims require medical treatment. Sadly, more than half of all dog bite incidents involve victims under the age of 12, and 80% of the fatalities that occur due to complications from dog bites involve children as well.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to a dog bite, it is important to understand that you have legal rights and options. Understanding these rights and knowing what to do before, during and after a dog bite is extremely important, and we are here to provide you with the information you need. With the help of a dog bite lawyer at The Law Offices of Steven I. Fried, P.C., you can take the necessary steps toward receiving the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Dangerous Breeds of Dogs
It’s important for both you and your children to understand some safety precautions regarding dogs, including the breeds of dogs that are considered the most dangerous including:
- Alaskan Malamute
- Doberman Pinscher
- German Shepherd
- Pit Bull
New York Law: Dog Bites
The state of New York is a “mixed” state, meaning that the dog bite statute mixes the one-bite rule with a degree of strict liability. The “one-bite rule” means that a dog that has never bitten anyone is allowed one mistake. After one bite, the dog owner or keeper will be strictly liable for the medical and veterinary costs after another person has been injured in a dog bite. In order for dog bite victims to seek additional damages, the victim must be able to prove that the dog had the dangerous tendency to bite people and that the dog owner knew about it. This is specifically addressed in Agriculture & Markets Law, Section 121, subdivisions 6, 7 and 8;
In addition to liability for medical costs, the owner of a dangerous dog may be required to pay a fine if his negligence results in a dog bite to a person, service dog, guide dog or hearing dog. The amount of the fine depends on whether the injury was to a person or animal, the seriousness of the injury, and whether the dog previously was adjudicated to be a dangerous dog.
Once it has been determined who is liable for the actions of the dog, a claim can be made to recover damages for the injury. Having the experienced, knowledgeable legal assistance necessary to bring about the best possible results for your claim is vital.
Call a Dog Bite Lawyer
At The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. we are dedicated to providing our client’s with strong, aggressive representation while guiding them through each step of the legal process involved with dog bite claims. With extensive experience in plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice, we have a constant commitment and provide immediate response to our clients’ needs. Our firm has litigation experience in all types of personal injury law including medical malpractice, and dog bites, so call today.