Dog Bites and Other Animal Injuries in New York
Animal attacks are a startlingly regular occurrence that can lead to serious injury or even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are more than four million bite victims each year. Unfortunately, many of these injuries were easily preventable and caused by the negligent action of the pet's owner. As a result, victims of animal attacks may be able to recoup compensation through a lawsuit. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our premises liability lawyers are committed to defending the rights of individuals who have suffered an unnecessary injury due to a dog bite. Our New York attorneys take bite injuries seriously and have the legal knowledge and experience to secure victims the compensation they deserve after experiencing scarring, developmental delays or emotional problems following an animal attack.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to an animal attack, you may have legal recourse. For a free consultation with our New York personal injury attorneys, please call (212) 406-1700 or contact us online. Our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. If we accept your case, there is no fee unless we recover damages.
New York Dog Bite Law
In dog bite cases, most states either have a law for strict liability or a "one-bite Rule." Strict liability laws hold the owner responsible for any injuries or damages their pet caused, regardless of the animal's history. The "one-bite rule" holds dog owner's liable only if their pet had a known propensity for violence, such as biting individuals in the past. Premises liability law in New York, however, uses a combination of strict liability and the one-bite rule in animal attack cases. Dog owners have strict liability for any medical or veterinary bills incurred by their pet. Dog owners, however, can only be held liable for non-medical damages if their dog has a known history of violence.
Who Has Grounds For a Lawsuit After a New York Animal Attack?
Unlike most states, a pet owner's negligence in and of itself is not grounds for a premises liability lawsuit. In order to recover compensation beyond medical bills, the victim must prove that the dog had a history of a dangerous or vicious temperament. In other words an owner's liability beyond the cost of medical bills, is determined almost entirely on whether the dog has a history of violence. Proving that a dog has a history of violence can be difficult. As a result, it is important that victims of dog attacks hire a skilled premises liability lawyer.
How Can a Premises Liability Lawyer Help You?
Individuals who have suffered an injury due to an animal attack should contact a premises liability lawyer to review their legal options. A premises liability lawyer will thoroughly investigate your claim. A good lawyer will review your medical records, interview witnesses, investigate to see if the animal has a history of violence, file your claim, and pursue maximum compensation. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to successfully handle premises liability lawsuits. Our process for investigating and proving liability has led to many favorable verdicts and settlements, including one or $1.5 million.
Individuals who have suffered an injury due to an animal attack should call (212) 406-1700 or contact us online. We will review your legal options for free to see how we may be able to help you.