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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What To Do If You Have Been Bitten By A Dog In New York

A dog bite is not something to take lightly. Whether the bite was from a small dog or from a large hound, it can cause serious injury to the person including rapturing crucial blood vessels, tearing away body tissues and transmitting serious (sometimes life threatening) diseases such as rabies.

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog in New York, consult a New York dog bite lawyer as soon as possible to start your claim for compensation against the owner of the dog.

What To Do If You Have Been Bitten By A Dog In New York

If you’ve been bitten by a dog in New York, the first thing you should do is identify the owner of the dog or the person in whose custody the dog is in. obtain the owner’s name, contact details and address. The owner’s contacts will come in handy if you decide to sue later on. Medical professionals will also use these contacts to reach the owner and determine whether the dog has been vaccinated against rabies.

If the dog has not been vaccinated, it will be observed for 10 days for any signs of rabies. If during this period the dog shows signs of the disease, it will be humanely euthanized and tested for rabies. If the tests come out positive, you will have to undergo a number of rabies shots.

Next, get the names and contacts of any witnesses at the scene who saw you get bit by the dog. These witnesses may have to testify in your favor in court.

Be sure to seek medical attention. If the bites are too severe, call 911 or have someone call 911 for you. You could also have someone take you to a hospital. Seek professional medical treatment as soon as possible after a dog bite. Open wounds have a high risk of infection.

Take pictures of your injuries using your phone or camera. Capture any bruises you may have, especially if the dog knocked you down, and any torn or bloodied clothes you have on.

After receiving medical attention, file a report with the appropriate local authority or local animal control.

Document all your medical expenses. Maintain receipts for any medical tests or pharmaceutical drugs and any therapy costs. Keep the pictures you took of your injuries. Do not wash or throw away the clothes you had when you were attacked. All this is crucial evidence to sustain a dog-bite claim.

Section 123 of New York’s Agriculture & Markets Code makes a dangerous dog owner strictly liable for the medical expenses resulting from personal injury caused by his dog. If the dog owner was negligent and the negligence contributed to the dog biting the victim, the dog owner can face additional damages, civil liability and, if the dog was labeled a dangerous dog, criminal liability.

If you have been bitten by a dog in New York, talk to New York dog bite  lawyer Arthur O. Tisi now for a free consultation to start your action for compensation against the dog owner.

 


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