Dogs are beloved all around the country. 38.4% of US households own at least one dog. That said, it is important that each dog owner understands they have a responsibility to ensure their pets are well behaved and are not a danger to others.
Have you been injured in a dog (or other pet) attack? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. At Shulman & Hill, a dedicated Brooklyn dog bites attorney can review your case, helping determine if you should file a claim or lawsuit.
Brooklyn Dog Bite Cases: Essential Information
Approximately five million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. Being bitten by a dog does not always result in serious injury, yet some animals have the potential to cause significant harm. Depending on the size and strength of the animal, injuries vary.
Injuries you may sustain as the result of a dog bite include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Fractured or broken bones,
- Brain injury,
- Loss of a limb,
- Soft tissue damage,
Such injuries may require different medical treatment, depending on severity. You are possibly entitled to compensation for the cost of such treatments. Given the unique and complex nature of New York’s dog bite laws, you are far more likely to recover what you may be owed if you coordinate with a personal injury law firm in Brooklyn.
New York Dog Bite Laws: What You Need to Know
In New York, if a dog bites someone without provocation, the dog’s owner may be required to compensate the victim for their medical bills. Yet, each case is different and requires a deeper dive-in by an attorney to determine the next steps.
In order to attempt recovering compensation for losses beyond medical bills, you would need to prove the owner’s negligence resulted in the attack. This can be challenging if you do not have the expertise and resources necessary to conduct an investigation. To optimize your chances of securing the full amount of compensation to which you may be entitled, it is helpful to consult a personal injury lawyer in Brooklyn.
How Our Dog Bites Law Firm in Brooklyn Helps
A qualified Brooklyn dog bites lawyer can assist in many ways when helping you seek compensation. They include:
If you want to pursue compensation for non-medical losses, you need to prove the dog owner was negligent. This often requires conducting a thorough investigation. Our investigators can potentially discover that a dog owner knew their dog could potentially be violent but failed to take reasonable steps to prevent them from attacking. Or, depending on the circumstances, we may find that the dog’s owner failed to properly restrain them. Along with New York State’s general dog bite laws, New York City’s leash law requires dogs to be effectively restrained.
Aside from a dog’s owner, potential negligent parties may include landlords, property owners, dog walkers, and dog sitters. By investigating your attack, we will identify all those responsible for potentially compensating you.
Keep in mind that a negligent party (or their insurer) likely will not be inclined to offer compensation when you begin pursuing it. They may defend themselves in a range of ways. It is not uncommon for dog owners to argue that a victim’s behavior caused the attack, provoking the dog.
The attorney team at Shulman & Hill is prepared to defend you against such arguments. The evidence our investigation yields can help prove that you were not at fault for the accident. An attorney would be your best source of legal advice and can help clarify any questions you may have along the way.
If you have never sought compensation after an animal bite or similar accident, it not easy to precisely determine how much compensation you are entitled to. An attorney would gladly help with that.
For instance, you may be aware your medical bills could potentially be recovered. Yet you may also seek compensation for lost wages if your injuries prevented you from working for a period of time. Recovering from an accident may restrain you from working, therefore you may stop receiving paychecks.
In that case, you are likely to sustain future financial losses due to your injuries. This is also true if you require ongoing treatment. You can potentially factor in those losses when determining how much compensation to seek.
Our Brooklyn dog bites attorneys understand how to thoroughly account for all your losses and struggles when determining what would constitute a fair payout.
When you pursue compensation in these circumstances, you cannot expect a negligent party or their insurer to enthusiastically offer the full amount that you are potentially owed. It is possible they will argue that you, given the extent of your injuries and losses, are entitled to less compensation than what you are requesting.
This is one of the primary reasons to work with a dog bites law firm in Brooklyn. We can help provide evidence to demonstrate that the amount of compensation you are pursuing is appropriate. If we cannot reach a fair settlement, we will go to court and fight on your behalf.
After being injured in a dog attack, your primary focus should be resting and recovering from your injuries. In the meantime, our experts will work on pursuing the compensation you may deserve.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
At Shulman & Hill, we do not believe you should simply take our word for it when we say we have the experience and training necessary to handle your case. Instead, we will help you feel confident that you have found the right Brooklyn dog bite lawyers to represent you by describing our numerous past successes.
When you learn how we have helped clients just like you secure the compensation to which they were entitled, you will more thoroughly understand why we are the right team for the job. Call us today at 212-221-1000 or schedule your free case evaluation online to discuss your case in detail.