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There are many people who love their dogs so much that they become a member of the family. These animals are generally smart and loving. However, there are cases in which dogs can be vicious in the event that they are not properly trained. When a dog attacks another person, it can result in harmful injuries that cause significant damage. It is because of this that people who are injured by a dog bite may be able to pursue legal action against the dog’s owner to recover financial compensation. In doing so, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for guidance moving forward.

How Do I Know if I Have Grounds for a Lawsuit?

A person is generally able to recover financial compensation after a dog bite accident if they are able to prove they were bitten on public property or while in a lawfully private establishment. This can include a friend or relative’s home. However, it is important to know that if you were bitten by a dog while trespassing on the owner’s property, it is possible that you can lose your lawsuit. It is because of this that it is important to consider the circumstances and speak with an attorney before proceeding with the case. 

How Can I Win My Lawsuit?

In order to be successful in a dog bite lawsuit, the injured party is required to prove that the dog owner was negligent. This can be done by showing the owner was aware their dog had violent tendencies that directly resulted in the injuries. In order to prove a dog’s violent nature, the injured party can look into the history of the dog with the assistance of an attorney to see if there were any other claims made against it. 

What Other Evidence Do I Need?

In addition to a dog’s violent history, other evidence is needed in order to have a successful negligence claim. This can include the following pieces of information to back up a claim:

  • Security footage of the accident if it happened in a public place
  • Police reports from the accident
  • Medical documentation of the injuries
  • Witness statements to verify the claim

Contact our firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today. 


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