Newburgh Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
Protecting Clients' Interests in Hudson Valley
Dog bites and attacks can result in serious and catastrophic injuries. These experiences can be very traumatic, especially if they involve small children. New York has specific laws that apply to dog bite and animal attack cases, which can be complex and difficult to understand. When you need to determine liability in your case, reach out to a Newburgh dog bite lawyer who can help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
At Dreyer Law Offices, PLLC, we fight aggressively to ensure that our clients' rights and best interests are protected. With more than 45 years of collective experience, we know the law and know the best approach to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve in a dog bite claim.
Start with a free consultation. Call our firm at (845) 208-8512 to begin.
Dangerous Dogs in New York
While Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and other breeds tend to garner the majority of the press coverage, any dog can exhibit vicious behavior and be considered a dangerous dog. Even small, typically docile breeds have been known to act violently at times. If you have been attacked and/or bitten by a dog, the size and breed of the dog will not affect your right to recover.
Common Dog Attack Injuries
Victims of dog attacks can suffer extremely serious injuries that can take weeks, months, or even years to heal completely. Some injuries will be permanent and will never fully heal. In addition, victims of dog attacks, especially children, will often suffer emotional trauma that can stay with them for years.
Injuries from dog attacks include:
- Puncture wounds
- Nerve damage
- Muscle and ligament damage
- Permanent scarring
In addition, many injuries occur as a result of knockdowns when a dog jumps up or tangles your feet in a leash or tether. Victims of knockdowns caused by leashed or tethered dogs have suffered broken bones, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries from falls taken in these incidents.
If you have been injured in a dog attack, consult an experienced personal injury attorney who understands dog bite injuries and knows how to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. At Dreyer Law Offices, PLLC, we understand the long term impacts of particular kinds of injuries and the care they will likely require. Our knowledge in these areas allows me to seek the right compensation for your particular case.
Dog Owner Responsibilities
Dog owners must have their dogs under control to prevent injury to others. This includes, for instance, proper containment of the dog, such as adequate fencing of the yard or appropriate leashes or tethers. Leash laws can vary from city to city, town to town, and it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure compliance.
Dog owners must know the personality of their dogs. If the dog has shown a propensity for violence, such as biting, growling, snarling, or acting in any way intimidating, the owner must take reasonable measures to protect others from harm.
In most circumstances, victims of dog attacks have the right to recover from the owner of the dog for pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of life's enjoyment, medical bills, as well as other out-of-pocket expenses related to the attack. This right to recovery will likely be secured by a premises liability policy of insurance, such as a homeowner policy, and may also include a separate right to recover a defined benefit for immediate medical bills, known as "med pay".
How Our Firm Can Help You
With every dog bite case we handle, we begin the investigation immediately in order to preserve valuable evidence in the case. We can send out experts to take photos of the scene of the attack, your injuries, the dog's holding area, and the dog involved, if possible. We may canvass the neighborhood and talk to residents about the dog's history and possible violent tendencies. We will contact the local authorities, such as police, Animal Control Officers, and Courts, and seek documents through the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) if necessary. We can research if the dog has bitten others in the past.
Make sure you have trusted counsel on your side. Reach out to our Newburgh dog bite attorneys at (845) 208-8512 to get started.