Dogs may be man’s best friend, but at times, they can also be just the opposite. Every year, thousands of people are bitten by dogs in the United States and suffer serious injuries as a result. This is unacceptable. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation from the dog owner or other responsible parties. Contact a dedicated Bronx dog bite lawyer from James Newman, P.C. today to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation and justice you deserve.
A dog bite case can be complicated and challenging to handle on your own, and for many people, doing so can force them to relive the trauma they experienced on the day of their attack. Hiring a seasoned New York City personal injury lawyer to handle your case for you can go a long way. We can help you gather evidence, negotiate with insurance adjusters, and, ultimately, take your case to court and fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled, if need be.
Dog bites can cause a variety of injuries, but some of the most common that we see are as follows:
New York is one of the few states that follows a “mixed” dog bite law, which means that it combines elements of both strict liability and negligence. This means that in most cases, the dog owner is considered liable for the medical costs, lost wages, and other damages, such as emotional distress, that the victim incurred, regardless of whether the dog had a history of biting or aggression, also referred to as having a known propensity for violence. That said, if the dog owner can prove that you contributed to the attack in some way, such as by teasing or antagonizing the dog, or by trespassing, you may not have a valid claim.
The statute of limitations is the time limit within which you must file a lawsuit for your dog bite claim. In New York State, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is, in most cases, three years from the date the attack occurred. That said, it is always wise to file your personal injury claim sooner, rather than later. The sooner you take action, the sooner we can get started working on your case and fighting for the compensation you need to help get your life back on track.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in the Bronx, don’t wait any longer. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will review your case and explain how we can help you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case. We are ready to fight for you and get you the compensation you deserve.