Dog Bite Attorney
According to the New York State Department of Health, “6,600 children under 20 years old are treated at a hospital because of a dog bite injury; more than 200 of them are injured severely enough to require hospitalization.” And those are just New York State statistics. Dog bites are a rather common occurrence in the United States (4.7 million bites each year, to be exact) and about 800,000 require medical care.
As a parent, caregiver, or victim, you may be protected by New York State law if you have suffered dog bite-related injuries. But the laws are tricky and there is no such thing as a “dog bite statute,” so to fully understand the scope of your rights, you should contact a dog bite attorney. Only a dog bite attorney, like the ones at Greenberg & Stein, are knowledgeable enough to understand the body of rules that determine whether or not the dog bite merits a lawsuit.
Dogs may be regarded as “man’s best friend,” but many dogs can be dangerous, aggressive, and cause serious injuries. Regardless of the severity of the wound, every dog bite requires immediate medical attention. The American Medical Association reports dog bites as the second leading cause of injuries to children, surpassing playground injuries. More than 1,000 people a day will visit the emergency room as the result of dog bites and animal attacks. This is the fifth most frequent cause of emergency room visits.
Most bites are puncture wounds, which is how tetanus spreads most easily (tetanus is a bacterial infection that affects the brain and the nerves and can be potentially fatal). Other times, dog bite injuries can be permanently physically devastating, warrant reconstructive surgery, or result in death.
These incidents require a lot of time, effort, and money. Medical bills can be incredibly costly and be a huge burden for victims of dog bites. If there is in fact a case, a dog bite attorney can help you get those medical bills paid. If you want to initiate any type of legal action, you will need to write down everything you remember about the day the incident occurred.
Necessary Information for your Dog Bite Attorney
- Appearance of the owner
- Breed/type of dog
- Anything else that may assist you or be of relevance in a lawsuit
According to Dogbitelaw.com, New York requires a victim to prove that the dog had the dangerous tendency to bite people, and that the dog owner knew it. New York does not permit victims to recover compensation on the grounds of negligence. But a dog bite attorney will know how to navigate the law and have a clear understanding of how to move forward. So if you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a dog, you should work with a New York City personal injury lawyer at Greenberg & Stein, P.C. as soon as possible to find out if you are entitled to receive compensation.
If an owner knows that his or her dog is dangerous, they have a responsibility to:
- Spray or neuter the dog
- Supervise the dog
- Train or socialize the dog
- Restrain the dog
- Unchain the dog (chaining dogs increases a dog’s stress, protectiveness and vulnerability)
The attorneys at Greenberg & Stein can investigate the dog that attacked you to determine if it had a history of aggression, such as biting, growling, snapping, baring teeth or if it was restrained in a manner befitting a vicious animal. The average insurance recovery to pay for medical bills as the result of a dog attack is between $15,000 and $25,000. And while you’re caring for yourself or a loved one, you shouldn’t have to worry about money or how you’ll get justice after a dog bite attack. The attorneys at Greenberg & Stein want to represent you and help you get what you need to truly recover. Contact your local dog bite attorney at Greenberg & Stein today for a free consultation.
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