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Bitten or Attacked By a Dog? – Seek Professional Advice from a Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Harding Law Firm - Monday, August 26, 2013
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are on average 4.5 million dog bite victims every year, with 1 in 5 victims requiring medical attention. (Source: CDC)

If you or a loved one is bitten by a dog, it’s important to:
• Seek medical care immediately
• Seek legal counsel by talking to a dog bite injury lawyer as soon as possible

In New York state, the dog bite statute says that the owner is strictly liable only for medical fees and veterinary costs. However, to claim for further damages, the dog bite victim is required to prove:
• Negligence on the part of the dog owner
• Premises liability
• That the dog had a dangerous tendency to bite people and the dog owner knew it
• That the dog was in violation of a leash law or other municipal law that led to personal injury for the victim

Because New York State has a “mixed” dog bite law in place; that is, the one-bite rule as well as a certain degree of strict liability, claiming for damages can often be a complex affair. Seeking professional, legal advice from an animal attack attorney can ensure you are:
➢ Aware of your legal rights
➢ Compensated properly for all damages and injuries sustained

For more information on your legal rights as a personal injury victim, it’s important you speak with a dog bite injury lawyer that knows and understands New York dog laws and statutes.

For professional help and legal counsel regarding your dog bite incident - contact Charles Harding, dog bite injury lawyer today. Call 518-384-3400 to book a free consultation.