Dogs are beloved all around the country: 38.4% of U.S. households own at least one dog. 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.
If you have been injured in a dog (or other pet) attack, you may be entitled to compensation. At Shulman & Hill, a dedicated Brooklyn dog bites lawyer can review your case and help determine if you are eligible to file a 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 injuries, yet some animals have the potential to cause significant harm. Depending on the size and strength of the animal, injuries can vary.
Injuries you may sustain as the result of a dog bite include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Loss of a limb
- Soft tissue damage
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Brain injury
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 entitled to if you consult our 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 review by an attorney to determine the next steps.
In order to attempt recovering compensation for losses for a dog or other pet attack, you will need to prove that the animal had exhibited “vicious propensities” prior to 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 serve many roles when helping you seek compensation. They include:
If you want to pursue compensation for your pain and suffering, you need to prove the dog had vicious propensities, such as prior attacks, bites, or even growling and showing its teeth to other people. This often requires conducting a thorough investigation.
Our investigators may potentially discover that a dog owner knew their dog could be violent but failed to take reasonable steps to prevent them from attacking. Or 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.
Representing Your Best Interests
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 by provoking the dog.
The dog bite attorneys at Shulman & Hill are prepared to defend you against such arguments. The evidence our investigation yields can help prove that the dog owner may be liable for your damages. An attorney will be your best source of legal advice and can help clarify any questions you may have along the way.
Helping You Account for All of Your Losses
If you have never sought compensation after an animal bite or similar accident, it is not easy to determine the types of compensation you may be entitled to. An attorney can help with that.
In addition to obtaining compensation for your medical bills, 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 prevent you from working and from earning a regular paycheck.
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 pursuing compensation.
Additionally, you may seek damages for your past pain and suffering as well as your anticipated pain and suffering, which for many people can last a lifetime.
Our Brooklyn dog bites attorneys understand how to thoroughly account for all your losses and struggles when determining what would constitute a fair payout.
Negotiating for Fair Compensation
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 entitled to. It is possible they will argue that you are entitled to less compensation than what you are seeking.
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 trial 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, our Brooklyn dog bite lawyers can point to numerous past successes that demonstrate our skills and expertise.
Call us today at 212-221-1000 or schedule your free case evaluation online to discuss your case in detail.