Who Is Responsible for Dog Attacks?

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Dogs are lovable and loyal but can become dangerous if not trained properly or treated poorly. Unfortunately, dog attacks are becoming increasingly common occurrences, which can result in serious injuries or even death. When a dog attacks, there are often legal questions over who is responsible for the attack. In this blog post, we will discuss who is responsible for dog attacks. We will also take a closer look at the role of the dog owner, the person bitten, and the personal injury attorney that can be involved.

Dog Owners' Role in Dog Attacks

According to most state laws, the dog owner is responsible for the dog's actions. The dog owner is responsible for ensuring their dog is trained, socialized, and well-behaved. They must also make sure that their dog is leashed and under their control when in public places. If the owner fails to take these precautions, they can be held liable for any injuries caused by their dog. However, even if the owner takes all necessary precautions, they may still be held liable if their dog attacks. Other responsible parties may include a landlord, building manager or Co-Op/Condo Board if they were aware of the dog's vicious behavior but failed to protect building residents. In New York, your right to bring a claim may be limited depending upon whether there is evidence that the dog involved had previously acted in a vicious manner or bitten anyone in the past.

Personal Injury Attorney's Role in Dog Attacks

After a dog attack, it is crucial to consult a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney can help you determine who, if anyone is responsible for the dog attack. They can also help you gather evidence, file a claim, and negotiate a settlement with the dog owner's insurance company. Additionally, if the case goes to court, a personal injury attorney can represent you and help you get the compensation that you deserve.

Contact Our Attorneys at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP

Dog owners are typically held responsible for their dog's actions, including any injuries caused by their dog. However, a successful claim may depend upon the dog's history.  By being aware of the legal obligations of dog owners, landlords and others, as well as understanding the importance of dog bite laws, you can protect yourself and others from potential harm. In case of a dog attack, seeking legal assistance from experienced attorneys like Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP can ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve. (646) 692-0204

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