Pet owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs from harming other people and other animals. If a dog bit you, the pet’s owner could be liable for damages including medical bills and lost pay.
A Baldwin, NY dog bite lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will review the specifics of your case to determine liability. We will pursue compensation from the pet’s owner or handler on your behalf.
For a free consultation, call (516) 932-0400. A member of our team will meet with you at your home on Long Island or in the greater New York City area if that is more convenient.
How a Dog Bite Lawyer Proves Liability
New York has specific guidelines and responsibilities for pet owners. There may also be additional statutes in your city, town, or borough.
Proving liability in a dog bite case can be challenging because there are many factors to consider. One of those factors is that many pet owners are protective about their animals, (or mindful of their own potential liability,) and are not always forthcoming about past incidents involving the dog or potential wrongdoing by the pet owner with respect to how the dog was controlled.
A dog bite lawyer will consider:
- The dog has a history of biting and aggression but the pet’s owner did not take enough preventative measures to prevent you from harm.
- The dog was not properly leashed or restrained in violation of leash laws and other ordinances.
- The owner witnessed the attack but did not call off the dog or attempt to help you.
A dog bite lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will investigate your case to establish that the pet’s owner did not uphold the expected duty of care to keep you from harm.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Baldwin, call 516-932-0400
When You Should Call a Dog Bite Lawyer in Baldwin
Your first action after a dog bite is to get medical care from your doctor, an urgent care center, or an emergency room. Dog bites easily become infected (think of the bacteria in the dog’s mouth that may be introduced into your wound by the bite,) so be sure to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions on cleaning and bandaging your wound.
Once you have seen a doctor, please call our firm for a free consultation. New York has a statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Once this deadline has passed, it is likely that the court will not consider your case. (There are circumstances that may extend the period of time to act under the Statute of Limitations, but it is far better not to be in a position of hoping one of these special circumstances will “save” your case.) Other time-limitations apply to your case as well, so it is best to allow us to deal with deadlines, letting go of that stress, permitting you to focus on your medical treatment and healing.
It is to your advantage to call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. as soon as you can after a dog bite. The consultation is free, and our lawyers recover compensation on a contingency fee basis. Call today: (516) 932-0400. A Baldwin dog bite lawyer can establish if the dog who bit you was dangerous under New York Civil Practice Laws and Rules § 123 which may impose strict liability on the dog owner for your medical expenses.
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We Look for Evidence in Your Favor
Being attacked by a dog is terrifying. The pain and shock may prevent you from fully recalling the order of events. That is why a dog bite lawyer will carefully examine the evidence that might include:
- Photos of your injuries, stitches, and torn clothes.
- Any medical imaging tests or scans (for example, if you were knocked to the pavement and suffered a broken bone during the attack).
- Medical report from your healthcare provider, including any prescriptions and follow-up care that you might need.
- Witness accounts, photos, or videos.
- Prior complaints about the dog or a report from a veterinarian about the dog’s aggression toward other animals.
- Mental health counselor or related expert who could testify to the emotional trauma that you suffered.
As our client, you have the resources of our award-winning firm. We will fight for the compensation you deserve. If you are ready to learn more about potential compensation, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free consultation: (516) 932-0400.
What Kind of Damages You Might Recover
Dog bites require immediate medical care. Although pet owners are supposed to keep their dogs’ vaccinations current, not all of them do. It is rare to contract rabies from a domesticated animal, but not impossible. There are other serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases that can be transmitted through a dog bite.
Some dog bite victims (particularly children who are shorter and on a face-level basis with many dogs) need reconstructive surgery. Even the most gifted surgeon may not be able to completely remove the disfigurement that can result from a vicious attack.
That is why a lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will seek compensation for damages that might include:
- Emergency room services
- Lost pay
- Pain and suffering
Your lawyer will want you to keep all receipts as proof of out-of-pocket expenses.
Additional Compensation for Severe Injuries or Loss of Life
If necessary, a dog bite lawyer will also pursue compensation for damages like:
- Surgery and hospitalization
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- Diminished earning capacity because of injuries
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
We are here to help if you lost a loved one to a dog attack. We offer you our sympathies and our assurance that we will be compassionate with you and relentless on your behalf. You may be entitled to compensation for final expenses and other damages associated with wrongful death. Our goal is to recover the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves. For a free consultation after a dog bite, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400.
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What You May Expect as Our Client
Our legal team handles dog bites and other personal injury cases, including:
- Car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injuries
Your Baldwin dog bite lawyer will have a deep understanding of the requirements for these kinds of cases. Since 1991, Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. has been a passionate legal advocate for injured and disabled people.
We combine responsive legal representation with exceptional client service that includes:
Consistent Updates on Your Case
We keep you informed about the status of your case. Our staff speaks fluent Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada.
We Identify All Liable Parties
Our legal team names all liable parties who could be held accountable.
We Communicate With These Liable Parties
We take care of all communication and negotiation so you may concentrate on feeling better.
We Secure Necessary Evidence
Our legal team obtains documentation, testimony, and other evidence to support your claim.
We Determine a Value for Your Damages
We calculate compensatory damages for such losses as medical bills, lost pay, and pain and suffering.
Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Today
Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. works diligently to give our clients the peace of mind they deserve after a traumatic experience. Our multilingual legal team will meet with you in your home, at the hospital, or in our office. Don’t go through this difficult time alone. As mentioned above, you may have a limited time to act under New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214. When you contact us, you can be free of the stress of deadlines so you can put your attention on getting better. Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400 for a free and confidential consultation about your dog bite case.