If you are attacked by a dangerous or vicious dog, you can suffer severe injuries that may lead to permanent disfigurement or even death. Owners of dangerous dogs must take precautions to ensure that their dogs do not harm people. If the owners neglect to do so, victims of dog attacks in New York may be entitled to money damages for their injuries.
If you or a family member was injured in a dog bite attack in New York, find out how a lawyer can help you. The dog bite lawyers serving Staten Island at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates can help navigate complex New York dog bite laws. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation, so call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929.
New York Dog Bite Laws
Per New York law, the owner of a dangerous or vicious dog is liable for the injuries their dog causes.
A dangerous dog is one that has:
- Attacked and injured or killed a human or domestic animal without justification.
- Exhibited behavior that would cause a reasonable person to believe the dog poses an imminent danger of serious injury or death to a human or domestic animal.
We can help you establish that a dog was dangerous or vicious and that the owner was negligent and responsible for your injuries. We can also help you determine if you or a loved one are eligible for compensation.
How to Receive Compensation in Dog Bite Cases
A Staten Island dog bite lawyer can handle the legal aspects on your behalf.
To win the case, your lawyer would have to prove the dog owner was negligent and failed to use reasonable care to prevent their dog from causing your injuries.
This means proving four key elements for negligence. These are:
- The dog owner owed the public a duty of care, such as keeping a dog with vicious propensities restrained so it could not hurt anyone.
- The defendant breached that duty in some way, such as by letting the dog loose in a public area.
- The defendant’s action or failure to act led to the dog attack and caused your injuries.
- You suffered damages as a result of the attack, such as injuries causing pain and suffering, disfigurement, medical expenses or lost income from time off work.
Proving negligence in dog bite cases is difficult, but our attorneys know how to gather evidence to prove your case. We will interview witnesses, examine reports and records for previous complaints, look for surveillance cameras that might have captured the event, take photos and videos of the attack scene, analyze the police report, and do whatever else is necessary to show negligence in leading to your dog attack.
In some cases, dog owners may have liability insurance that covers dog attacks. Our attorneys can negotiate with the insurance companies to get you the best settlement possible or proceed to trial to obtain a jury verdict. Our team will determine all available avenues for compensation and pursue the best result for you.
There may be other persons or entities responsible for the happening of a dog attack such as a dog trainer who encourages a dog to attack, a landlord who fails to adequately protect tenants from a known vicious animal. The dog bite and dog attack lawyers at Dansker and Aspromonte can investigate your case to determine all the parties that may be to blame.
Get help from a Staten Island dog bite lawyer. Call us today at (212) 732-2929.
Compensation You Can Recover for Your Staten Island Dog Bite Injuries
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for the following types of damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Counseling costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Development of anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder
What to Do if Attacked
After a dog attack, take steps to protect yourself and your right to sue. These include:
- Obtaining contact information for the dog owner and any witnesses.
- Seeking and documenting your medical care, injuries, and expenses.
- Taking pictures of the dog if possible and of any visible signs of your injury
Get Legal Guidance as Soon as Possible
There is a time limit on all lawsuits in New York. If you fail to make your claim in the time allowed you may forever lose your right to obtain compensation for your injuries.
We Offer Our Services with No Upfront Cost
We want you to focus on recovering physically and emotionally from your injuries or on caring for a loved one who suffered injuries in a dog attack. To help you stay focused on this task, we handle your case with no upfront costs. We advance all costs related to your case and only charge attorney fees if you recover compensation. If we do not obtain compensation for you, you do not pay us for the time we spent on your case.
Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates for Help
Dog attacks are traumatic experiences, and at this difficult time, you should have a lawyer on your side. The dog bite lawyers serving Staten Island at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates will fight to get you the money you deserve.
We offer a free consultation, so call us now at (212) 732-2929. We serve Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We are available to speak to you.