Helping Clients in Buffalo Recover Compensation After a Dog Bite
New York attorneys represent people injured in animal attacks
The state of New York has a confusing system of dog bite laws that can make it hard for those who have been attacked to get the justice they deserve. New York’s laws are a combination of strict liability and the one-bite rule, which frees many owners of responsibility. For help proving that a dog was dangerous and that you should be entitled to damages, enlist the help of the experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP.
What is the one-bite rule?
New York relies on a rule that only holds dog owners liable for bites or attacks if they knew, or had a reason to believe, that their dog or animal was dangerous. People sometimes think this means that dogs get “one free bite” before the law applies to them. This isn’t quite true. “Dangerous dogs” include dogs that have attacked before, but also dogs that have shown signs of aggression such as snarling and snapping. Recently, New York courts have made it clear that owners must have known the animal was dangerous to be held liable for your injuries when their dog attacks you. This rule keeps some dog bite victims from recovering in court. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are often able to prove owners knew their dogs were dangerous.
New York is a “mixed” state when it comes to dog bite law
New York law mixes negligence and the one-bite rule to determine what damages you can recover. When it is proven that a dog owner had reason to know a dog was dangerous before an attack, the one-bite rule is satisfied and the owner is strictly liable for medical bills. Strict liability means the victim does not need to prove the owner was negligent in restraining or controlling the dog.
In cases where it can be proven that the owner negligently allowed a dangerous dog to attack, victims may be able to recover monetary damages for pain and suffering, lost income and property damage. “Negligence per se” is a doctrine that makes it easier to prove someone was negligent. If someone violates a law, and that violation leads to an injury the law was meant to protect against, no other proof is necessary to show negligence. Our lawyers know the laws that dog owners must follow and hold them responsible in court for breaking the law.
Our lawyers help you make sense of New York’s confusing animal attack laws
At the firm of Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP, we believe that dog bite law should be simple. An owner should be responsible for the conduct of their dog unless there is a great excuse such as self-defense. We help victims navigate these complicated cases by working hard to prove that a dog’s owner knew it was dangerous. Call us today at 716-873-6765 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. We represent clients throughout the Buffalo area.
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