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New York Girl Suffers Injuries from Bites by Pit Bull

Published July 19, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

A pit bull attacked a 7-year-old girl as she got off the elevator in her New York apartment complex. The young girl and her brother were on the way to their babysitter’s apartment when the dog grabbed the girl. She was treated for injuries to her arm and neck. According to one news report, the New York City Housing Authority does not allow pit bulls or other large dogs in its buildings, and the owners of the dog were charged with a violation.

Even though pit bulls are not allowed in the building, many residents of the complex were aware the dog lived there. The neighbors said the dog was friendly and was good to children. One witness said, “the dog didn’t have an intention to bite her,” but was going for the girl’s ice cream. Unfortunately, far too often, children are the victim of a dog bite from dogs that have a reputation for being good dogs.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. One in five of those victims will seek medical attention for the dog bites, with half of them being children. In fact, the CDC reports the incidence of dog bite injuries is highest for children ages 5 to 9 years old, and the majority of the injuries are to the head and neck.

DogsBite.org reports that although pit bulls make up only 5% of the total U.S. dog population, over half of the dogs scheduled to be euthanized in dog shelters in 2009 were pit bulls. Sadly, through selective breeding over the years, pit bulls have developed enormous jaw strength and use a “hold and shake” bite style resulting in serious injuries to the victims. Many times it is difficult to get the dogs to let go of their victims.

In Binghamton, dog owners may be held liable for medical or veterinary costs due to injuries sustained from an attack by their dog. The dog owner may also be held liable if proper steps were not taken to prevent injuries caused by a vicious dog.

A dog bite victim may be able to seek compensation for injuries sustained if the dog was not properly secured on a leash. Contact an experienced Binghamton dog bite injury attorney to understand your legal rights.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a dog bite in New York, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering your health, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your injury. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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