Dog Bite Injuries in New York | Your Legal Options

If you are facing the consequences of a dog bite in New York, our legal team is here to help. Reach out to our firm today to speak with our skilled Buffalo dog bite lawyer today. Our legal team is dedicated to ensuring you obtain the compensation you need to heal.

What kinds of injuries can be sustained after a dog bite in New York?

As expected, dog attacks can result in serious and even long-term injuries or impairments to those injured. Just a few of the most common injuries caused by dog attacks include the following:

  • Nerve damage
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Scarring
  • Disfigurement
  • Infections
  • Broken bones or fractures

If you are facing any of the above injuries because of a dog bite, you may want to consider your legal options. Our firm is ready to help. Give us a call today to get started.

What is New York’s “one free bite” rule?

In the state of New York, there is something known as the “one free bite rule.” Basically, this rule implies that if a dog attacks a person unprovoked, and the dog owner had no reason to believe the dog could display “vicious propensities” (for example, the dog had never attacked anyone before), you may not be able to succeed in a lawsuit against the dog owner.

Because of this, if you are able to prove that the dog owner either knew or should have reasonably known that the dog had a tendency for violence, failed to keep the dog under control, and you were injured as a result, you will likely have a viable personal injury claim against the owner of the dog.

What steps should I take after a dog bite injury?

After sustaining an injury in a dog attack, it is essential that you pursue the medical treatment you need right away. The best way to do this is by calling 911. Additionally, you should do your best to get the dog owner’s contact information, take photos of your injuries, and collect the contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident.

After you have been treated in a hospital, you should collect your medical documents and reach out to a Buffalo, New York personal injury lawyer who can do additional research into the attack. For instance, our firm can interview neighbors to see if they knew the dog posed a threat, we can receive veterinary records, and in some circumstances, we can obtain surveillance footage of the attack as it occurred.

Contact Our Experienced New York Firm

If you require legal representation for matters of personal injury in New York, look no further than Ramos & Ramos. Whether you were injured in an auto accident, a slip and fall, or under any other circumstances, our firm is on your side. To learn more about our team and how we can assist you, contact us today.