Dog bites are frightening, traumatic events that can lead to serious, life-altering injuries. Approximately 100 children are bitten by dogs every day in the United States and most require immediate medical attention. Dog bite statistics also show that once a dog has bitten, the dog is more likely to bite again.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, can help. Our Binghamton, N.Y., office can provide you with valuable information and advice about your rights – and we can advise you whether your injuries merit legal action. Contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, today for a free review of your case. Call our 24-hour answering service at (607) 724-7700 or submit our online contact form
Dog bites in many states are governed by statutes that hold dog owners liable. However, there are no such dog-bite statutes in New York state law. There are leash and restraint laws on the local level, which may differ from city to city. In New York, any owner, keeper or landlord may be held liable if proper steps are not taken to prevent injuries caused by a vicious dog. This makes them accountable for injuries sustained if the dog was not properly secured on their premises or on a leash.
Dog bites are particularly likely to lead to serious injuries in part because most dog bites are to the face, causing infection, trauma and scarring. Wounds can be classified as cuts, lacerations, abrasions, crushing wounds or punctures. These wounds can often result in fractured bones and/or disfiguring scars. Frequently, surgical repair is needed, and eyesight or hearing is sometimes damaged permanently. Often there is also emotional and psychological trauma associated with dog bites and attacks, for both the victim and any family member witnessing such an attack.
Dog bite treatment can be expensive, including emergency room visits, hospitalization, psychological treatment and, often, plastic surgery. If you were injured or a family member was injured or killed as the result of a dog bite, you can sue the person who has, or should have had, control over the animal. You may be entitled to damages for medical expenses and reimbursement for lost wages and pain and suffering.
A successful claim is usually covered by homeowners insurance. Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, works with accident reconstruction and economic experts to help prepare your case. We have helped many victims of serious injury and trauma, and we will work hard to resolve your claim successfully so that you can concentrate on recovery and move forward with your life.
If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt from a recent dog attack, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, today for a free review of your case. Call our 24-hour answering service at (607) 724-7700 or submit our online contact form.