An Overview Of Dog Bites

Norman, a 55th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, waits to be unleashed and go after his target during training April 17. The Offutt K-9 unit performs regular training to maximize the dogs effectiveness in the field. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger)

A dog bite or attack may leave a victim suffering from serious injuries and dealing with financial issues as well. Medical bills may pile up and the victim may be unable to work, leading to lost wages. A White Plains personal injury lawyer from The Law Offices of Jason B. Kessler can intervene and offer valuable insight into these matters, helping a victim seek and recover monetary damages that will cover his or her medical bills. We will file a claim for you and negotiate with insurance companies to make sure you get maximum compensation for your physical injuries and emotional suffering.

In New York, a dog owner may be held strictly liable for medical costs or veterinary bills incurred as a result of injuries his or her dog inflicts on a person or another animal. For other monetary damages, a “one-bite rule” applies, meaning the dog would have needed to have dangerous tendencies or have bitten someone in the past. The state does not recognize negligence as grounds for dog bite claims, but a dog owner may face a fine if his or her negligence resulted in a dog bite to another person or an animal. The conduct of the victim at the time of the attack, and sometimes their previous conduct, may also impact his or her ability to recover money for medical expenses.

Agriculture & Markets Law Section 121.10 outlines the specific information regarding the strict liability of a dog owner for a dog bite victim’s medical costs. This would require a “dangerous dog” attacking and injuring or killing a person, farm animal, companion animal or domestic animal without provocation or justification. The conduct of the victim at the time of the attack and sometimes previously may also impact his or her ability to recover money for medical expenses.

Interested in finding out more about your legal rights after a dog bite in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Yonkers or White Plains? In some cases, criminal charges may apply as well. This usually relates only to extreme situations, where the dog owner was negligent, the dog was dangerous, and the injuries sustained were “serious” in nature.

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