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Know Your Rights: What to Do After a Dog Attack in New York

Dogs can be great companions, but not all of them are properly trained or kept on leashes. Dog bites can cause serious injuries, so you should explore your legal options after being attacked by a dog.

Gather Information and Contact the Authorities

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The first thing you should do is get the dog’s name and the name of its owner. It’s also a good idea to ask for the dog’s vaccination records to ensure that it doesn’t have rabies. Then, file a dog bite report with the local authorities to have an official record of the event. Be sure to take pictures of your injuries, the dog, and the scene of the incident. Depending on the facts of your case, there may also be grounds for a premises liability lawsuit against the person who owns the property on which you were attacked.

Seek Medical Help

Dogs have a range of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms in their mouths, so you should seek medical attention immediately after the attack. If your dog bite injury is severe, you may need to go to the emergency room.

Understand “One-Bite” Laws

New York State has a set of one-bite laws that holds an owner liable if they knew their dog was likely to attack someone. This is designed to protect owners whose dogs have no prior record of violence. If a dog has a history of biting people, it will be easier to build a case against its owner for negligence. If there are no prior bites, you and your attorney can still demonstrate that the owner knew their dog has a violent disposition.

Contact the Attorneys at Leav & Steinberg

Navigating a lawsuit that involves a dog bite can be confusing, but you don’t have to do it alone. The seasoned attorneys at Leav & Steinberg LLP are prepared to help you. Our personal injury lawyers will take the time needed to understand the details of your case and the best options for moving forward. Set up a free consultation by calling 212-766-5222.