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SYRACUSE DOG BITE LAWYERS

DOG BITES

 
 

HELPING VICTIMS OF A DOG ATTACK

Reaching out to pet a dog is a natural thing for people to do, particularly for children. If you or a loved one has suffered a New York dog bite injury, know that we are sorry for your injury and pain, and that we are here for you. Approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur every year in the United States. The costs of treating a dog bite can be very high, especially when reconstructive surgery is needed. Permanent disfigurement could result from a dog attack, even with the best of treatments.

At Greene Reid & Pomeroy, our Syracuse dog bite lawyers know and understand New York dog bite law and are prepared to fight for your rights, whether that means settling your claim outside of court or proceeding with a trial.

At Greene Reid & Pomeroy, our personal injury lawyers know and understand New York dog bite law and are prepared to fight for your rights. New York State can hold the owner of a dog liable if the owner knew or had reason to know of the dog’s vicious propensity.

Ideally, after a New York dog bite, you should seek medical care for the injuries and report the event to a local animal control agency or the police. After seeking medical care and making the report, be sure to get copies of your records and the written report. These documents will be needed when you talk with a personal injury lawyer.


ACCORDING TO THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

  • Over 4.7 million people are bitten each year in the United States.

  • Approximately 16 people die annually from dog attacks.

  • Most dog bite victims are children

IS THE OWNER RESPONSIBLE?

Various laws are in place in the United States to determine the liability of dog owners for injuries inflicted by their pets, according to the Information Institute. New York does not have a dog bite statute, per se.

New York State can hold the owner of a dog liable if the owner knew or had reason to know of the dog’s vicious propensity.

This can be shown a number of ways:

  • The dog has bitten before.

  • The dog is kept chained or confined in a way that indicates the owner knows it is dangerous.

  • There is a “Beware of Dog” sign posted.

  • The owner warns guests and visitors to be careful and keeps the dog in a gated area.

  • The dog is in violation of a local leash law ordinance and causes injury.


TEN THINGS TO DO IF YOU RECEIVE A DOG BITE INJURY

After seeking medical care and making the report, be sure to get copies of your records and the written report. These documents will be needed when you talk with a New York personal injury lawyer. Other items that may prove helpful in building your claim are photographs of the injuries and receipts from medical bills and prescriptions. Contact us if you have any questions about what to do.

  • Seek medical attention immediately

  • Get the name and contact information of the dog owner

  • Get the name and contact information of any witnesses

  • Report your injury to the police

  • Request a copy of the report

  • Take photographs of the dog and the location where the injury happened

  • Take photographs of your injuries

  • Do not accept any settlement or admit fault with the owner’s insurance company

  • Save any clothing damaged by the dog

  • If you or someone you know has been injured from a dog bite, contact an experienced dog bite injury lawyer at Greene Reid & Pomeroy


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