Most people have nothing but wonderful experiences with animals, including
dogs. After all, dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason.
Our canine compatriots are loyal, loving, and enthusiastic playmates.
With that said,
experienced Newburgh dog bite attorneys know that all dogs are not friendly. The animal might be fine with its
owner, while at the same time aggressive towards children, strangers,
and other dogs. When vicious dogs attack others, the injured victim has
the ability to seek recourse through civil litigation. In short, New York
laws protect dog bite victims.
This is the case because owners of dogs are responsible for their dog’s
behavior and actions. But recovering compensation for
dog bite injuries is not easy. Generally speaking, if the dog’s owner either knows,
or has reason to know that his canine is dangerous or vicious to others,
than that owner can be held accountable for the victim’s injuries.
For example, if the dog has once bitten a stranger before, then the owner
would know that the animal is dangerous. Subsequent bites will trigger
liability. Also know that some breeds can be considered inherently dangerous
and the owner can be liable even if there was no reason to suspect that
the particular pet was dangerous.
However, even if the owner did not know nor had reason to know that the
dog was dangerous, the owner can still be held liable for the victim’s
injuries. This is certainly the case when a statute exists that which
places liability on the owner for injuries caused by an animal.
Whether or not a Newburgh, New York resident has a statutory right or a
common law right to seek compensation for a
dog bite injury should be determined by an experienced dog bite attorney. Certainly, these
victims should not determine such without legal assistance.
In conclusion, please be advised that dog bite injuries can be quite severe.
These are important
premises liability issues. Even if the wound looks insignificant, there is a serious risk for infection
and even for acquiring rabies. More serious injuries include punctures
and lacerations that which require stitches and bandaging. There could
be vain and ligament damage. Muscle tissue can be torn and severed. Even
bones can become fractured as a result of a dog bite. All of the costs
and losses experienced as a result are compensable. Even subsequent scarring
can be compensated.
Learn about the different types of premises liability injuries in
our article available here. Read about head injuries caused by a slip and fall incident in
our blog post available by clicking on this link. Learn about broken bones caused by dangerous or defective conditions
on the land of others
in our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
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