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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dog Bites—Who Is Responsible For Your Harm?

Every year, millions of Americans are bitten by dogs.  Dog bite claims fall under the umbrella of personal injury law, where the injured party has the legal right to seek compensation for injuries caused by another party's actions or negligence.  In this case, you would file a claim against the owner of the dog. There is a limitation on the time you have to file a legal claim.  It is important to consult an attorney.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

If you are involved in a dog bite incident it is important to:

  • get medical treatment - you may require rabies shots;
  • get pertinent information about the dog, its owner, and any witnesses;
  • You should also report the incident to local police and animal control authorities.  Section 11.03 of NYC Health Code requires all animals bites to be reported within 24 hours of the event.

BITE BACK!

If a dog has bitten you, you may be entitled to recover damages as a result of this injury. Determining your legal rights, however, can be complicated.  To prove your claim in court, you must show (1) that the dog had vicious propensities and (2) that the dog's owner knew or should have known about those vicious propensities. In such case, the owner will be liable even though he or she was not negligent in the manner of keeping the dog, and whether or not the incident occurred on the dog owner's property.

To ensure that you receive just compensation, consult a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to discuss your situation and your legal right to compensation for your injuries.  Contact Arthur Tisi to arrange a consultation.


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