Being attacked by a dog can be absolutely terrifying, and you’ll want to do anything you can to ensure that the dog doesn’t bite another person it comes into contact with.
One course of action you can take is to bring a dog bite claim against the owner of the dog so that you can both hold the dog’s owner accountable for losing control of their pet, and recover the compensation you need to cover every single loss you endured. Below, we examine New York City’s dog bite law in greater detail.
Strict Liability in New York
The law in New York is quite clear: if a dog bites another person, that dog’s owner will be held responsible for any damages that the victim suffers. Many dog owners believe that if their pet hasn’t shown a propensity for violence or aggression in the past, that they can be given another chance. Unfortunately for dog owners, this isn’t the case in New York City.
It doesn’t matter if the dog has never bitten someone before, or if the dog has attacked in the past. The fact of the matter is that it is the responsibility of the dog’s owner to have them under control at all times, no matter what.
When you suffer an injury after being bitten by a dog, you can bring the dog’s owner to court and sue them for the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, property damages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages that may apply to your case.
You can review the different ways your life has been impacted by your injuries with your attorney to ensure that no loss goes unaccounted for when your lawyer is calculating how much your claim is actually worth.
Exceptions to the Dog Bite Law
While New York follows a strict liability dog bite law, there are a couple of exceptions to the rule, and you can be sure that the defense is going to utilize one or both of them to defend their case. If you were not an invited guest on the dog owner’s property, and you were trespassing at the time you were attacked, it is not reasonable to think that the dog’s owner should compensate you for trespassing.
Likewise, if you provoked the dog to be aggressive or violent then the dog owner will not be compelled to repay you for the damage their dog caused. Provocation might include abuse, poking, taunting, yelling, or otherwise egging the dog on to get a reaction out of him or her.
Your lawyer will fully examine the details of your case to determine whether or not either of these defenses have a chance of being successful when you go to court.
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If you aren’t sure what you should do after being bitten by a dog, you can reach out to an experienced New York City injury lawyer and schedule a free personal injury consultation where you can see what your next steps will be if you choose to bring a claim against the owner of the dog that bit you.