Suffolk County Lawyer for Dog Bites
Dog attacks and dog bites can leave devastating scars on those who are bitten, and sometimes can result in severe injury and death (link to wrongful death page). We represent clients who have been bitten by dogs as we seek to hold their owners liable for the full extent of the damages that have been caused.
What You Need to Know if You Have Been Attacked or Bitten by a Dog
- In many cases the owner responsible for a dog bite will have property or other insurance that may be applicable. In the case of a dog bite, like in many other injury cases, the insurance company for the person responsible for causing injury does not care about being fair to the injury victim. Instead, insurance company representatives often try to trick injury victims into making statements that indicate that they, instead of the dog owner, are liable. As an example, they may try to get a dog bite victim to say that they initiated contact with their dog, which may be used to say that they provoked the dog.
- In order to recover certain types of compensation in New York you must prove that the dog owner was aware that his/her dog had “vicious propensities.” This does not mean that the dog bit someone previously. Growling and barking can indicate “vicious propensities.”
- It is in your best interest to retain a lawyer as soon as possible. When you retain us, we will immediately initiate a comprehensive investigation of the dog attack or dog bite. We will want to take photographs of your injuries before they are healed, obtain any police reports that may have been made, talk to anyone who saw the attack or dog bite, and conduct a search of municipal records for other vicious attacks by the dog.
- Depending upon the circumstances of your injury, people in addition to the dog owner may also be liable. These “third parties” can include property owners, lessees, and others who walk or take care of the dog.
- Defendants and insurance companies often will claim that the dog had never displayed vicious behavior in the past and that they are not responsible for the dog’s “first bite”. They may also try to show that you provoked the dog, so that you are liable for your own injuries. We fight back against these untrue claims, and we will seek to show through evidence that the dog was known to have vicious propensities, and that an attack or bite was foreseeable.
- Defendants and their insurance companies will want to minimize your claims for pain, suffering, and all injuries and damages that you have suffered, so that they can avoid liability.
If You Have Been Injured Through a Dog Attack or Bitten By a Vicious Dog Owned by Someone Else, Please Call Us So That We Can Explain About the Compensation to Which You May Be Entitled
Our firm offers a free, no obligation consultation so that we can learn about your case, and so that we can then advise you as to your legal options for seeking recovery against those who may be responsible. When we learn about your injuries, we can explain who may be liable, and how we can work to advance your case with the goal of holding those responsible for the full extent of the damages that you have suffered.
Cases involving dog attacks are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not owe us any fees unless and until we achieve a settlement or a verdict at trial on your behalf. If there is no recovery you will not owe a fee.
Please call us today so that we can meet with you and get started on your case.