It is up to you to decide if you need a dog bite lawyer. You have the right to represent yourself in all legal matters.
However, it is important to remember that lawsuits are very often time-consuming, emotionally stressful, and expensive. Getting a lawyer on your side means you do not have to deal with technical legal rules, learn the specifics of state law, or do any other hard legal work.
In addition, you will always have someone to turn to when you have questions.
Legal Representation Makes the Financial Recovery Process More Accessible
Seeking compensation will be easier for you with our legal team’s help. We will do all of the following for you:
- Keep you updated so that you always have the information you need to make legal decisions
- Identify all liable parties
- Communicate with liable parties so that you will receive messages from the liable party through your lawyer rather than having to speak to them directly
- Investigate your dog bite so that your case is supported by evidence from as many sources as possible
- Determine your case’s value so that you know which of your injuries are compensable
All of the above is true whether:
- You were bitten by a dog.
- Your loved one was bitten by a dog.
- Your loved one passed away because of a dog bite.
If the latter situation is what has led you to this page, we extend to you our heartfelt condolences. We believe it is a special privilege to represent the surviving family members of dog bite wrongful death victims.
Our team will give you additional time and space to grieve by assuming responsibility for all tasks associated with your case. We are dedicated to winning the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves.
Paying For a Lawyer
Our law firm will defer all fees until you have received monetary compensation. This is referred to as a “contingency fee” because the firm being paid is contingent on you getting your money.
Contingency fees offer several benefits, including:
- Relieving you of the burden of paying for legal services upfront
- Making legal representation accessible to everyone regardless of their financial standing
Because our law firm works on a contingency-fee-basis, we hope you will take comfort in knowing that you will not face any out-of-pocket legal fees.
Your Lawyer Will Fight For Two Types of Compensation
If your dog bite has affected you physically, emotionally, and psychologically, you could qualify for non-economic damages, such as:
- Pain and suffering: This pays for the physical or mental anguish caused by the bite. Pain and suffering may include:
- Scarring: For permanent and bothersome scar tissue
- Disability: For temporary or permanent physical or intellectual disabilities
- Impaired quality of life: For a permanent loss of ability to live independently and/or to participate in enjoyable activities
- Loss of consortium: For the negative impact the injury had on your marriage
If your dog bite has affected you financially, you could qualify for economic damages, such as:
- Medical expenses: For the medical, dental, psychological, and/or pharmaceutical care you needed to treat your injuries
- Miscellaneous expenses: For the landscaping, housekeeping, childcare, and other expenses you incurred because of your injury
- Lost income: For a temporary decrease in income caused by your injuries
- Lost earning capacity: For a permanent decrease in income caused by your injuries
- Lost employment: For the loss of your position and/or your ability to work in your former occupational field
Steps You Should Take After a Dog Bite
Most dog bite cases fall under the statute of limitations, found in New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214. This law limits the amount of time to begin your case, so you should get started as soon as possible.
Another important reason to start quickly is the fact that most evidence does not last forever. The earlier your begin, the more chance your lawyer has to collect evidence, such as:
- Witness statements
- Medical records
- Other materials from witnesses (e.g., photographs)
- Surveillance video
The sooner you contact us, the greater our opportunity will be to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Taking Care of Yourself
While protecting your legal rights after a dog bite is very important, it should come secondary to protecting your health. According to the Cleveland Clinic, you should do the following after a dog bite:
- Clean the bite
- Apply antibiotic cream and bandages
- Change the bandage regularly
- See a doctor immediately
Receiving prompt medical attention serves two important purposes:
- Giving you the best possible chance of recovering from your injury
- Creating a medical record that will support your lawsuit
Our Team Can Go to Work For You
You and your family must decide if you need a dog bite lawyer. Just remember that hiring a lawyer from our firm will take a lot of pressure off your shoulders and give you one less thing to worry about as you recover.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free consultation. Our number is (516) 932-0400. We are happy to assist you in Spanish, Greek, Tamil, Bengali, or Kannada.