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Dog bite injuries are serious. That is why if you were hurt, you will need to obtain an experienced New York personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you and your future are protected.

What are my options after a dog bite injury in New York?

If you were injured by a dog bite and would like to pursue legal action, there are a number of steps you will want to take. The first is that you will want to contact the police. By reaching out to the authorities, they will be able to dispatch an ambulance so that you can receive medical care at a hospital. Afterward, you should take photos of your injuries, and also ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their contact information so they may verify your claim at a later date. Also, it is important that you obtain the dog owner’s information so you know who you are filing your claim against. Next, you will want to retain the services of a skilled New York personal injury attorney that can fight for the compensation you need to feel whole again.

What are New York’s laws for dog bite injuries?

In most instances, New York commonly holds dog owners liable for dog bite injuries. If you were bitten by a dog, you will have to prove that negligence on the owner’s part caused your injuries. As long as you can prove this, you may be entitled to compensation. This indicates that if you were attacked by a dog that was not on a leash and not on the owner’s property, you will more likely than not be able to sue that dog’s owner for negligence. But, it is important to note that if the dog owner can prove that you provoked the attack, by trespassing, teasing the dog, or another reason, you may not be able to pursue legal action.

It is also essential to keep in mind that with all other personal injury claims, you must file a claim within the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years. It is important that you do not wait more than three years to take legal action because you run the risk of losing the chance to obtain the compensation you deserve. If you have been bitten by a dog, reach out to our skilled New York personal injury attorneys today.

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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 an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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