Ed and Pauly meet at the local dive for a Friday night drink as they have
once a month for the last ten years. They first met in elementary school
and here they are twenty-five years later, still hanging out.
Part of what forged their strong bond relates to an accident that Ed suffered
in the fifth grade. While he and Pauly played outside, a dog approached
them and instantly attacked Ed. Pauly was able to fight the dog off, but
not before the animal bit Ed several times in the face.
Pauly stayed right by Ed’s side until help arrived, holding his hand
and telling him everything will be fine. The truth was that Pauly was
so frightened. Ed was bleeding badly and Pauly did not know what was going
Eventually Ed recovered. It took a long time and a lot of surgeries. His
face was badly scarred; it was something even the best surgeons could
never repair; a horrible thing for a child to have to grow up with. Ed
wears a beard now and such makes the scarring barely noticeable. Life
has gone on.
Ed’s parents sued the dog owner and did win a favorable award; actually
the case was settled before going to trial. He was well taken care of
and he still draws money from a trust account that his parents established for him.
Experienced Newburgh dog bite attorneys sympathize for victims like Ed. Trauma from the event will affect dog
bite victims, their family and their friends forever. Mutual support,
love and caring will heal most of the trauma in time. Moreover, the laws
of New York State ensure that dog bite victims have the ability to hold
the animal’s owner accountable for the harm caused.
The law in New York is quite clear; regardless of breed, a
dog with vicious propensities that the owner knew about or should have known about is a danger and if
such a dog attacks someone, the owner can be held accountable.
“Vicious propensities” does not mean that the dog has bitten
someone before and is now considered dangerous. In fact, the dog may not
have ever bitten a person in the past. All that has to be proven is that
the dog was in some way vicious or aggressive; the dog barked at people,
growled, lunged, lowered its head and stopped wagging its tail, or what have you.
Of course, there must be proof that the accused dog was the actual dog
that attacked the victim. Proof must establish that the victim’s
injuries were caused by the
dog attack. The owner must have known, or at least should have known, that the dog
could do what was done based on past behavior. Finally, damages must be claimed.
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