Understanding New York Dog Bite Law

Newburgh Dog Bite Attorneys Ready to Help

In certain circumstances, New York law holds dog owners responsible for the injuries their dogs cause to people or other animals. Injury victims may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of life's enjoyment, lost wages, medical or veterinary bills, and other considerations. If you have been a dog bite victim, immediate action is necessary and critical to protect your right to recovery.

At Dreyer Law Offices, PLLC, we have extensive experience in New York personal injury law, and we bring that experience to every dog bite and animal attack case we handle. We know what needs to be done at the outset and every stage of the case to ensure optimal results.

Need counsel from a Newburgh dog bite lawyer? Call (845) 208-8512 to get started.

Prior Vicious Propensity: "One Free Bite Rule"

In New York, to recover for injuries suffered by a dog attack, in most circumstances the victim must show that the dog owner knew, or should have known, that the dog had a prior vicious propensity. This, at times, is referred to as the "one free bite" rule, a phrase coined from a common defense in dog bite cases where the insurance company for the dog's owner argues that since the dog has never bitten before, the owner never knew prior to the incident that the dog had violent tendencies.

Strategic, prompt investigation is vital to establish that the dog has, in fact, displayed vicious tendencies prior to the attack. If you are attacked by a dog, you may be told that the dog has "never done this before."

However, our office doesn't simply accept that explanation. When you hire us, we will aggressively pursue your case under alternate theories, even if the dog has not bitten before, to protect your right of recovery. If you have been attacked by a dog, no matter the circumstances, discuss your case with our office immediately.

What Dogs Are Considered Dangerous?

While there are typical breeds that have a reputation for being dangerous, like Rottweilers, Pit Bulls and Dobermans, the truth is that any dog has the potential to be dangerous. If you are attacked by a dog, any type of dog, contact my office to discuss your rights and remedies.

We Serve Clients Throughout Hudson Valley

If you have questions about your dog bite claim and how New York law applies to it, turn to Dreyer Law Offices, PLLC. Our firm has 45+ years' combined insight and can advocate for you during this time. We can meet whenever and wherever is convenient for you, 24/7. Our Newburgh dog bite attorneys also make house and hospital calls.

We work on a contingency fee basis so you don't pay a thing unless we recover compensation. Call (845) 208-8512 to set up a consultation!


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