New York City Dog Bite Attorney

Vicious Dog

Dogs are generally friendly, gentle companions, making excellent pets. Nonetheless, dog bites, which are fairly common, can result in serious personal injury. There are many laws on the books to protect victims of dog bites. If you have been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injury, you may be entitled to substantial compensation.

Depending on the particular circumstances involved, you may be able to sue the offending dog's owner. If you have been bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog and received serious injuries, you should contact the Law Office of Arthur O. Tisi to consult with a skilled personal injury attorney who has significant experience in the the field.  He will vigorously defend your rights and help you obtain just compensation for the harm you have suffered.

Applicable Laws

The law makes a distinction between owners who are aware of their domesticated animal's propensity to be vicious and those who do not. When the owner of the dog knows, or has reason to know, that the animal has an aggressive disposition or a propensity to behave viciously, the owner assumes strict liability for any injury caused by that animal.

A similar rule applies to an individual who, although not the owner of the dog, harbors the animal with knowledge of its propensity for violence. For example,  a landlord is required by law to take reasonable proactive steps to protect others from being attacked, such as having clear provisions in the lease that the dog must be properly restrained at all times. The law holds both the owner and the landlord responsible for protecting the public.

Time Constraints

Another pertinent law, Section 11.03 of the New York City Health Code, requires that all animal bites be reported to the authorities within 24 hours of their occurrence. Moreover, in most cases, a lawsuit must be commenced within 3 years of the injury. Certain lawsuits against government entities and government/city dog owners must be commenced within 1 year and 90 days of the injury. In addition, if you intend to sue a government agency or owner, a Notice of Claim must be filed within 90 days of the incident.

Common Misconceptions Concerning Dog Bites

Many people believe that insurance will not cover the costs involved in a dog bite, but this is not the case. In many instances, the dog owner's homeowner policy will provide coverage.

The Law Office of Arthur O. Tisi handles dog bite cases. We know precisely which questions to ask and how to proceed with any necessary lawsuit. We will determine whether the dog that attacked you had a tendency to bite, whether it was trained as a watchdog, and whether it had shown a tendency to growl, bare its teeth, snap, pull at its chain, thrust its head under a fence, or leap from a window.

Whether you have been attacked on your own property by the dog of a neighbor or attacked by a stranger's dog while out walking, our law firm will  deal with all resulting legal matters so that you can concentrate on healing, both physically and emotionally. It should also ease your mind to know that we never charge you a fee unless we win your case.

Contact me at (917) 887-5343 for a FREE consultation.

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