If you or a family member suffered a dog bite injury in New York City, it is possible to recover your related expenses. Dog bite injuries often require medical treatment, hospitalization, and time away from work. They also cause emotional distress, especially for children.
You deserve compensation for the costs and losses you experienced because a dog owner failed to follow the applicable laws and control their pet. A New York City dog bite attorney from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. can help. Our case evaluations are always free.
In This Article
- Let Our New York City Dog Bite Team Handle Your Case
- How a Dog Bite Attorney from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Will Help You
- Recoverable Damages in a New York City Dog Bite Claim
- Enlist Our Help As Early As Possible for a Solid Case
- Proving Liability for Your New York City Dog Bite Injury
- Talk to Our Team About Your New York City Dog Bite Injuries Today
Let Our New York City Dog Bite Team Handle Your Case
New York State’s dog bite laws can be confusing. The types of damages recoverable depend on the circumstances of your attack and several other factors.
The personal injury legal team from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will:
- Investigate your case
- Determine the types of damages you are eligible to recover
- Determine the value of your case
- Fight for an appropriate settlement or, if indicated, sue the liable party
Since 1991, our firm has been a strong advocate for the injured in New York City and on Long Island. We handle every aspect of your case. You focus on recovering from your injuries. Contact us to get a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving New York City today.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving New York, call 516-932-0400
How a Dog Bite Attorney from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Will Help You
The Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. legal team tailors our services to meet each client’s needs. When we represent you, expect us to:
Communicate and Provide Updates
Our legal team answers your questions and provides regular updates about your case. We make ourselves available to you, ensuring you never feel in the dark about your claim.
Establish Fault and Prove Liability
Our team investigates the circumstances surrounding the attack to prove the dog owner or another party (e.g., dog handler) is liable for your injuries.
Communicate with All Parties on Your Behalf
The Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. legal team takes care of all aspects of your case, including communicating with all involved parties on your behalf. This allows you to focus on your health and helps protect your legal right to sue for compensation.
Gather Evidence to Support Your Claim
We obtain hard evidence and documentation to support our findings of fault and liability as well as the recoverable damages you suffered.
Valuation of Recoverable Damages
To help ensure that you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages, our legal team identifies all economic and non-economic damages you sustained and provides evidence to support your claim’s value.
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Recoverable Damages in a New York City Dog Bite Claim
Dog bites sometimes cause serious injuries that require extensive treatment. The bacteria in canine saliva also poses a high infection risk, especially for children, older adults, and anyone with a fragile immune system.
Depending on the circumstances of your attack, you could have the legal right to recover any of the following types of damages for a dog bite injury in New York:
- Emergency room treatment
- Physician services
- Testing and x-rays
- Surgery (including reconstructive or plastic surgery)
- Medications and medical devices
- Physical therapy
- Projected cost of future medical treatment needs
- Lost wages and benefits to date
- Projected value of future income, benefits, and opportunities losses
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Diminished quality of life
- Permanent injuries
While most victims only endure some of these damages, our team will review your case to identify as many of your expenses and losses incurred as possible. As may be called for by the specific circumstances of your case, we work with experts to put an appropriate settlement value on your case.
We use our experience with similar claims, and if the insurer or liable party will not negotiate in good faith, we will be prepared to sue on your behalf and present our evidence to the judge and jury at a civil trial.
Enlist Our Help As Early As Possible for a Solid Case
The sooner we go to work investigating what happened to cause your injuries, the longer we have to gather significant evidence to document negligence, liability, and your damages. In addition, some evidence disappears as time passes.
We also need to go to work quickly because New York limits the time you have to pursue legal action for a dog bite or animal attack injury. Time limits are set by New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214.
If your loved one passed away due to a dog attack in New York City, our team sends our most heartfelt condolences. We would be honored to represent your family in your wrongful death action. The deadline for suing the dog’s owner is short, per Estates, Powers & Trusts § 5-4.1.
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Proving Liability for Your New York City Dog Bite Injury
Based on the results of our investigation into your case, we identify the at-fault party legally responsible for your injuries. In most NYC dog bite cases, the fault falls to the animal’s owner. In some cases, other parties such as a dog handler or dog groomer could be liable.
While New York State laws dictate when an owner is responsible for the actions of their dangerous dog, there are other laws that could affect your case. According to the New York City Department of Health (NYC DOH), local codes dictate that dog owners must act reasonably to prevent the animal from causing harm.
Reasonable actions could include:
- Containing the animal in a kennel or behind a fence
- Leashing the animal when in public
If the owner does not take reasonable action and someone gets hurt, the owner might be liable for any damages the victim suffered. In New York State, a dog bite victim will typically need to show that the dog had a known vicious propensity. That is, that dog has some history of aggressive behavior, such as biting, snarling, lunging, and other similar conduct. If the owner violates the NYC leash law, it may be argued that their negligence allowed the bite incident to occur.
We will carefully analyze the details of the dog attack and work to discover the dog’s history. Sometimes this involves us speaking to neighbors and delivery people or mail carriers.
Other ways we will support your case may include information from:
- Witness statements
- Property photos and videos
- Police reports
- Any comments the owner or handler made
- Animal Control reports
- Your relevant medical records
The earlier our attorneys get started, the better we can preserve necessary evidence and protect your right to compensation.
Talk to Our Team About Your New York City Dog Bite Injuries Today
If you suffered a dog bite injury, the Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. dog bite attorneys will fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Our team can speak with you today in English, Spanish, Greek, Tamil, Kannada, or Bengali.
Call (516) 932-0400 for a complimentary case evaluation.