A dog bite can leave you with substantial injuries, permanent scarring, and lasting emotional trauma. It can also leave you with a growing stack of medical bills, lost wages, and other injury-related financial losses. If you or a family member were injured by a dog bite, depending upon the unique circumstances of your claim, the animal’s owner or other party may be responsible for these damages.
A Bronx dog bite lawyer can help you determine your right to financial compensation. Under New York law, if a dog has a history of dangerous or vicious behavior towards people or other dogs, the owner or other responsible party may be held liable for all of your damages. Dangerous or vicious behavior could include a history of bites to people, attacks on other dogs or snarling or lunging movements. The following parties can be held liable if they fail to prevent a dog bite or attack by a dog with a history of dangerous behavior:
- The dog owner
- The dog walker
- A dog sitter
- An apartment or condo owner if the attack occurred on their property
- A management company for a building, apartment, condo or co-op if the attack occurred on their building
Proving that a dog has a history of dangerous or vicious behavior requires a thorough investigation of the accident and may include the following:
- Obtaining all police and incident reports
- Securing all photographs and video footage
- Interviewing all witnesses
- Conducting a site investigation and interview of neighbors
- Obtaining sworn statements of the dog owners or other responsible parties
- Reviewing all animal control records regarding prior history of the dog
To get started with a free case review, call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929.
What to Do After You Are Bitten by a Dog in the Bronx
A dog attack can leave you scared, injured, and unsure of your next steps. Dog bites are serious injuries that can lead to life-threatening infections and permanent scarring. The very first thing you should do if you or a family member were injured by a dog bite is to seek immediate medical attention and call the police. If you did not receive medical care at the scene, be sure to go to the emergency room or make a doctor’s appointment. You should keep all documentation of your injuries, including any prescription medications, medical bills, or other statements, as this will tie your injuries to the incident.
After you have received medical treatment, contact our law firm to speak to our team about your legal rights and available options for compensation. The owner or custodian of a dog may be held financially liable for the medical bills you incur as the result of being bitten by their animal. Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates at (212) 732-2929. When you meet with us, bring the following information with you if it is available:
- The name and address of the owner of the dog, if known
- Copies of any police or animal control department records
- Photographs of your injuries
- History of any prior incidents involving the dog that attacked you
- The names of any witnesses to the attack
Dog Bites Can Cause Severe and Permanent Injuries
Dog bites can result in a wide variety of injuries both physical and emotional. Each case is unique. In our decades of experience representing dog bite victims we have seen the following types of injuries caused by dangerous or vicious dogs:
- Open wounds
- Facial disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Permanent scarring
- Severe emotional trauma leading to PTSD
- Skin infection
- Mauling and death
Damages You Can Recover in a Dog Bite Claim
If a party is held liable for your injuries in a dog attack, they will be held responsible to financially compensate you for all of your damages that resulted.
If your case is successful, some recoverable damages can include:
- Pain and suffering for your physical and emotional injuries
- Future pain and suffering if your injuries are permanent in nature
- Mental anguish
- Medical expenses including surgery, assistive devices, and prescription medications
- Current and future loss of income for the time your injuries prevent you from returning to your job
- Other out of pocket expenses or costs
Your Time to File A Claim Is Limited
The time you have to bring your claim against the responsible parties in a dog bite case is limited. If you do not bring your claim within that deadline, you may be forever barred from receiving the compensation you deserve. Contact our office as soon as possible after your injury so that we can begin to investigate and build your case for the best result.
We Can Help – Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates Today
Right now, you may be recovering from your own injuries, helping a loved one heal from theirs, or grieving the loss of a loved one. While you concentrate on recovery or mourning, let our lawyers concentrate on building your case for the best outcome.
Since 1988, Dansker & Aspromonte Associates has been dedicated to serving our local community. We believe that every victim has the right to exceptional legal representation after being injured by the negligence of a careless dog owner or other responsible party.
For a free, no-obligation case review, call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929. We handle dog bite cases on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that you owe us nothing upfront and you pay us no attorney’s fees unless and until you recover compensation. We advance the costs of your case and if it is not successful, you do not pay us any legal fee. There is no risk when you work with the Dansker & Aspromonte Associates team.