When An Animal Attacks: Know Your Rights

Any breed of dog can bite a child, a stranger, worker or even a family member for many reasons, even in the absence of any provocation or taunting by the dog bite victim.

Often, the landlord or owner of a dog that has bitten an individual carries homeowner's insurance or liability insurance which will pay for medical bills, and compensate a dog bite victim for scarring, disfigurement and pain and suffering as a result of a dog bite. The laws in New York and New Jersey differ greatly and a thorough understanding of the laws applicable to dog bites and dog attacks is necessary in order to effectively represent the victim of a dog bite or attack. This is why having an attorney who is experienced in dog bites is crucial.

There Are No Free Bites

In New York, it is generally thought that every dog gets one free bite. This is not the case, although it is required under New York law that the victim of a dog bite attack show that the owner or keeper (landlord) where a person was bitten by a dog, knew or should have known of the dog's dangerous propensities/behavior.

Ordinarily a landlord is not responsible for injuries caused by its tenant's dog, but a landlord owes a duty to his tenant or his tenant's invitees to prevent injury from his tenant's dog if he is aware of the presence of the animal on his property and is also aware of its vicious propensities.

Dog bites very frequently result in scarring, nerve damage, and disfigurement which necessitate plastic surgery and forever change the lives of dog bite victims. We aggressively fight for your right to compensation for pain and suffering due to scarring, nerve damage and disfigurement as well as for reimbursement for medical bills.

Prevention And Treatment Of Infection, Scarring

It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after a dog bite to prevent infection and scarring.

You may hesitate to "sue" a neighbor, friend, or relative if you or a family member has been bitten by a dog. However, it is important to know that a pet owners' homeowners' insurance policies usually cover costs that victims face, including:

  • Medical treatment
  • Wage replacement when time is lost from work as a result of the dog bite
  • Plastic surgery in the case of disfigurement or amputation caused by a pit bull mauling or other vicious dog bite or attack
  • Psychological counseling
  • Pain and suffering of a child or adult who may experience lasting fears or trauma

Free Consultations And Case Evaluations

Perhaps your child was trespassing when the attack occurred. This does not automatically mean you are not eligible for compensation. Call the law offices of Albert Buzzetti & Associates, L.L.C. We welcome your inquiry and are eager to evaluate your case in a free initial consultation. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with an experienced New York or New Jersey dog bite injury attorney. Or call us at 201-308-5313 or 866-237-8202.