When dogs attack, it rarely ends well for the victim. Some of the most common injuries suffered in a dog attack include deep puncture wounds as well as possible damage to bones, nerves and muscles. In some cases, dog bites may even result in dangerous tissue infections.
Like other states, New York has set specific laws addressing dog bites into place. These laws help victims by providing them with a way to address the economic hardships that often arise in the wake of a dog attack. For example, a successful legal solution provides victims with compensation to pay for medical treatment and to replace any income from missing work.
In most cases, a premises liability claim is a good solution to acquiring compensation if a dog bites you on someone else’s property. To help you find the right approach, it is wise to learn about the state’s dog bite laws. Below are several facts about these laws.
- The attack must have occurred without provocation.
- In nearly all cases, the owner of the dog is liable for the attack injuries a person suffers.
- Victims of dog bites have three years in which to file a claim.
- If the dog in question was already declared “dangerous,” negligence becomes a factor, which could strengthen your claim.
- Victims wishing to acquire compensation for nonmedical damages (lost wages, etc.) must prove that negligence played a role in the attack.
While the state’s lawmakers strive to make it as easy as possible for victims to find the best solution, most cases benefit from experienced legal counsel. Seeking assistance with your claim improves your chances of walking away from the case with the best possible outcome. Your actions may also prevent others from suffering the same fate.