Most dogs are friendly pets and aren’t a cause for concern. But when a dog becomes territorial or feels threatened, it can become aggressive toward other people and animals. Depending on the dog bite’s severity, you could see medical bills of up to thousands of dollars to treat your injuries and prevent further damage. If you’re in this situation, you can hold the owner responsible and get maximum compensation with the help of a skilled lawyer.
While most dog bites are minor incidents, the CDC reports that 20% of victims still need medical care. When you file a claim against the owner, you can seek damages for the following:
- Permanent scarring
- Broken limbs as a result of a deep bite
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Damaged nerves
- Complications with your wound
- Death, especially if the victim is a child or elder
Some owners don’t vaccinate their pets, which increases your chance of developing diseases like rabies or sepsis if you aren’t careful. Always treat your wounds and document the incident as soon as possible.
Each state has laws on dog bites, with many adopting a one-bite rule. In other words, the owner is only responsible if the dog has already bitten someone once before.
While New York uses the one-bite rule for criminal offenses, it also uses strict liability to hold the owner responsible for medical bills due. You can also sue for additional compensation if you can prove that the owner was negligent. For example, you can show evidence that the owner knew about the dog’s violent tendencies or failed to act appropriately to stop the incident from happening.
Dog attacks are dangerous situations that can range from a small scratch to a fatal injury. Here are a few steps you should take after the accident happens:
Even the most minor bite can be dangerous if the dog isn’t vaccinated. Always call 911 and have medical staff determine the severity of your injuries to be on the safe side. If they’re serious enough, they’ll take you to the hospital and give you the necessary medical treatment.
Remembering valuable details such as the address, date, and time of the incident will strengthen your case. You should also take pictures or videos of your injuries, the location, and the dog to provide concrete evidence of what happened.
Whenever you call 911, a police officer will be on the scene to document the incident. Asking for a detailed police report can be invaluable information you can use to back up your claim.
Thousands of dog bites happen every year. In most cases, it’s a minor situation that won’t need medical attention. But serious dog attacks can lead to permanent damage and emotional trauma for the victim. If you were bitten by a dog and want to seek compensation for your injuries, our skilled attorneys are here to help.
At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC, our team of experienced personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of dog bite victims seek justice for their injuries. Please call us at (866) 574-0809 or contact us using our online form if you have any questions or want to schedule a free consultation.