Long Island Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog owners must control and restrain their dogs, especially if they have a history of aggressive behavior. Many abide by the laws and are proactive in protecting the public from their animals. Unfortunately, some act irresponsibly, and their dog may bite or attack someone.
A negligent dog owner may shoulder the burden for any resulting damages from a bite. If you or a loved one suffered injuries, our Long Island dog bite lawyer can represent you and pursue compensation. Shulman & Hill is New York’s premier personal injury law firm, and every case is personal to us. We want to handle your case no matter its difficulty or complexity.
You can learn more about how our personal injury lawyers assist Long Island dog bite victims during a free, no-obligation case review with our team. Reach out to Shulman & Hill at (555) 555-5555 today.
How a Long Island Dog Bite Lawyer on Our Team Can Assist You
Shulman & Hill has recovered $300 million for past clients. We treat each of these cases with a personalized approach, going after the unique damages that clients need to rebuild their lives. When we take your injury case, we handle:
- Reviewing the laws, documentation, and evidence applicable to your situation
- Identifying the negligent dog owner
- Compiling evidence for your case
- Evaluating and documenting your damages
- Negotiating a settlement, when possible
- Taking your dog bite case to trial, if needed
- Speaking to other parties on your behalf
While our lawyers deal with each of these aspects of your case, your job is to rest and work toward getting back on your feet. Don’t prolong your recovery by stressing out about familiarizing yourself with legal jargon and navigating the process. We know how to navigate the claims process and help you pursue a financial recovery based on your case facts.
Our Dog Bite Lawyers on Long Island Work on a Contingency-Fee Basis
If you find yourself worrying about the costs of hiring a dog bite attorney for your case, you don’t have to with Shulman & Hill on your side. At our firm, we understand many dog bite victims are already in a tough financial situation because of their injuries and missing work. We represent our clients on a contingency-fee basis.
That means our lawyers deduct their fees from the compensation they settle or win for you when they resolve your case. This way, we don’t ask for upfront or out-of-pocket fees when we begin working together.
Common Types of Recoverable Damages in a Long Island Dog Bite Case
If you can establish the dog owner was liable for causing your injuries, you may have grounds to recover compensation from them. The nature of this compensation depends on the details of your case, like:
- The type and severity of your injuries
- The dog in question (e.g., their history of violent or viscous behavior)
- The extent of your medical care
- How your personal and professional life has been affected
This information can tell us that you may be entitled to collect compensation for:
- Medical bills for past and future care
- Pain and suffering for the discomfort and distress you experience from your injuries, past and future
- Lost income to make up for hours you missed at work
Sadly, dog bites can lead to fatal injuries or infections. If your loved one passed away from health complications related to a dog bite, you may recover compensation for wrongful death damages. They could cover their burial and funeral expenses, medical expenses, lost income, and conscious pain and suffering.
Let Our Long Island Dog Bite Attorney Take on Your Case
Sustaining a dog bite injury can force you to put your life on pause. It’s stressful dealing with the medical bills and holding off on other responsibilities, but you don’t have to bear these burdens on your own. Our team of attorneys is here to handle your case and ensure you can focus on more important things like healing.
A dog bite attorney on Long Island with Shulman & Hill can help you seek compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and any other damages applicable to your case. All you need to do is rest and recover. We can navigate the claims process or sue the at-fault party, pursuing a fair payout based on the evidence in your case.
Our team of injury lawyers has a long history of successful verdicts and settlements secured for clients. This does not guarantee a financial recovery in your Long Island dog bite case, but it does show that our team knows how to build support for claims, take cases to trial, and win robust payouts for our clients based on their expenses and losses.
Proving Your Long Island Dog Bite Case
In a dog bite case, the plaintiff may need to establish that the owner knew or should have known that their dog had a history of vicious behavior. Proving this can help you recover compensation for your damages.
However, the dog owner may build a defense to counter your accusation, and their insurer may try to avoid paying out your case. Fighting these claims on your own can be tough, especially because accessing the evidence that counters it may require some digging.
A Long Island dog bite attorney from our firm can review your case and help establish that the dog owner should be responsible for your injuries, costs, and other damages. The evidence available in these cases could include the following:
- Your relevant medical records
- Reports filed by appropriate agencies, such as the police or the health department
- Photos or videos of the incident
- Eyewitness interviews
- Reports about previous similar incidents involving the dog
- A scene survey
- Expert opinions about future and ongoing care needs and costs
- Documentation of damages
After a lawsuit, this list might include written answers to questions, interrogatories, or spoken interviews, known as depositions. These steps could occur during the discovery phase of a personal injury lawsuit based on dog bite injuries.
We Can Prove the Dog Owner’s Carelessness
Our lawyers use the evidence collected during our investigation into the attack to develop a compelling case that shows:
- The dog owner had a duty to keep you safe from a bite or attack
- They failed to do so, usually by acting negligently and failing to take precautions such as keeping the dog contained or leashed
- Their failure to control their animal was the proximate cause of your injuries
- You suffered physical, psychological, and financial harm
Having proven these four elements, our dog bite lawyers on Long Island may be able to hold the dog’s owner accountable and recover compensation through their homeowner’s, renter’s, or another liability insurance policy.
The Statute of Limitations on Dog Bite Injury Lawsuits in New York State
When you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the negligent dog owner, you must comply with certain deadlines that the law has imposed. For example, under CPLR § 214, you generally have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If your loved one passed away from a dog bite-related injury or infection, you typically have up to two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, according to EPTL § 5-4.1.
Given adequate notice, our attorney can help you adhere to your applicable deadline. Putting off starting your lawsuit risks the statute expiring. In that event, you bear the responsibility of paying off the expenses related to the dog bite.
Exceptions exist, and there are other reasons why we encourage injury victims to contact us as soon as possible after a bite. Once your injuries are stable, we can go to work gathering evidence and building a compelling case to pursue compensation on your behalf.
An Overview of Dog Bites and the Health Complications They Cause
Over 4.5 million people suffer from dog bites every year in the United States, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 20 percent of all dog bite victims require medical attention for their wounds.
If a dog bit you, you may have sustained a serious injury or be at high risk for infection. Common health complications that dog bite victims suffer include:
- Deep lacerations: If the dog punctures the skin, the victim may sustain a deep laceration and have excessive bleeding.
- Rabies: If the dog in question was feral or didn’t have vaccines, it could have rabies, a viral infection that passes through saliva. Symptoms of rabies include hallucinations, nausea and vomiting, and fever, according to Mayo Clinic. It could be deadly if it goes untreated.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): If the dog knocked you to the ground and you hit your head, or it bit your scalp, you could have sustained a TBI. You may experience headaches, confusion, and problems with speech, among other symptoms.
- Broken bones or fractures: If you fall to the ground when the dog attacks you, you could use your arms and legs to break your fall. As a result, you could fracture your wrist, hand, or ankles.
- Facial injuries: Dogs may attack the victim’s face and cause injury to their nose, cheeks, eyes, and ears, potentially leading to permanent scarring.
- Amputation: Some dog bites are serious enough to amputate fingers, hands, or other body parts or cause infections that necessitate amputation.
- Scarring and disfigurement: Many dog bite victims suffer lasting damage and require future plastic surgery or other treatments to address significant scarring, scar tissue, limited range of motion, or other concerns.
What to Do After You Suffer a Dog Bite on Long Island
What you do following a dog bite on Long Island affects not only your health but also your injury lawsuit. As soon as you’re able, get medical attention. A doctor can clean any puncture wounds, diagnose your injuries, and start your treatment right away.
If you put off this crucial step, you risk your health worsening and having a gap in your case. For example, the more time that passes between the dog bite and your first visit, the more difficult it is to connect the two events—perhaps making the insurance company less inclined to pay out the value of your claim.
Next, you want to report the accident to the proper authorities. Depending on where the bite occurred, you would file this report with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services or the Nassau County Department of Health. Make sure you include the following information:
- The dog bite victim’s name and contact information
- The date, time, and location of where the dog bite happened
- The dog owner’s name and contact information
- The dog’s medical history, including their vaccination for rabies
If you can, document the scene. Take pictures of your injury, the location, and the dog in question. You can include these photos as evidence in your lawsuit when you file for compensation. They could also help the police, health department, or another agency in their investigation into the incident.
Connect With Our Dog Bite Team on Long Island Today
At Shulman & Hill, the team at our firm serving Long Island represents those hurt in Suffolk and Nassau counties. We fight for fair compensation for our clients, seeking the money they need to pay for their medical care, cover lost income, and recover from their injuries without financial worry.
We offer free consultations, and we’re ready to explain how we can help you. Contact our firm today by calling (555) 555-5555.
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