While most dogs are relatively harmless companions, some can cause significant harm if they attack. Pet owners must take reasonable steps to ensure this does not happen. A dog bite or attack can be a frightening experience that results in severe injuries.
If you or a loved one were injured by another person’s animal, you may be able to file a lawsuit and potentially recover compensation for your various losses resulting from your injuries.
Review your case with a Staten Island dog bites attorney at Shulman & Hill. One of our dedicated lawyers can help you understand your legal options during a free legal consultation. If you qualify to file a lawsuit, our Staten Island personal injury attorneys can build a strong case on your behalf for compensation.
Staten Island Dog Bites Cases: What You Need to Know
Research indicates approximately five million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. Roughly 3,500 dog bites are reported in New York City alone. Those bites can cause significant injuries and even be fatal. Examples of injuries you might sustain if a dangerous dog bit you include –but are not necessarily limited to–the following:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Head trauma
- Loss of eyesight
- Loss of limbs
- Puncture wounds
- Soft tissue damage
Recovering Compensation For a Dog Bite
If you have sustained any of these injuries in a dog bite attack, you may require costly medical care. Whether it is immediate medical assistance or long-term treatment, the bills may be high. Depending on their severity and nature, your injuries might also prevent you from returning to work temporarily or permanently, making you unable to receive a paycheck. This can further burden your financial situation.
Depending on the circumstances of the attack, it may be possible to recover compensation for such losses. The personal injury experts at our Staten Island law firm can explain in greater detail whether your case meets the criteria necessary to file a dog bite lawsuit.
Staten Island Dog Bite Laws: Essential Information
Reviewing your case with a Staten Island dog bite attorney can be helpful for several reasons. Dog bite laws vary from state to state. Understanding how they apply to your case can be somewhat challenging and complex without prior experience and legal background. A skilled legal expert who is thoroughly familiar with the relevant laws and how they may apply to your case can help you understand what your legal rights may be.
How Our Staten Island Dog Bites Law Firm Can Help
Our team of Staten Island dog bite lawyers can guide you through the entire legal process and be your best source of legal advice. We can help your case by:
In order to know who may be responsible for your injury, our Staten Island legal team can investigate the circumstances surrounding the attack. An investigation will also help gather sufficient evidence to show that the incident was avoidable and likely would not have occurred if, for instance, a dog’s owner had not been careless.
Perhaps the attack happened because a dog that had a history of violent behavior was able to slip out of a yard and attack you. If the owner failed to properly secure their yard to ensure their dog could not escape, they may be held financially accountable for your accident.
Finding witnesses in these situations can also be helpful to your case. If possible, in the immediate aftermath of the attack, getting the names and contact information of any witnesses at the scene can be greatly beneficial for your future case. Once you are in a safe place and are not at risk of another attack, it will also be helpful to take pictures of sustained injuries and your surroundings.
Defending Your Rights
Some negligent dog owners may try to protect themselves by arguing you carelessly put yourself in danger when your attack occurred or that you provoked a dog to attack you. Our Staten Island dog bite attorneys can help you overcome these challenges. We can help gather all necessary evidence that shows why you are entitled to compensation. If the other party refuses to agree to a fair settlement, we are prepared to fiercely represent you in trial.
Pursuing Fair Compensation
Along with providing evidence showing you have a right to compensation, we can also negotiate with insurance companies, other attorneys, and any other such relevant parties to optimize your chances of reaching a fair settlement that covers the full extent of your losses.
Seeking compensation after a Staten Island dog bite can involve a wide range of tasks like submitting paperwork, coordinating with witnesses, gathering evidence, corresponding with doctors, and more. We can handle these tasks on your behalf, making sure nothing is overlooked. This will free your time to focus on your health and recovery.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
We are not the type of legal team that makes vague claims and promises about how we can help you secure compensation. Instead, we let our consistent track record do the talking. To date, we have helped numerous clients throughout New York City recover millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries.
Learn more about what we can do for you by calling us today at 212-221-1000 or schedule free legal consultation online. You will only pay for our services if and when we recover compensation for you.