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People often refer to our canine companions as “Man’s best friend.” It is an unfortunate reality that dogs are not always so warm and friendly. In fact, they can be downright vicious. Given the population density of New York City, dogs are, statistically speaking, the most dangerous animal in all of New York. That is why state law provides victims with the ability to sue dog owners. Even so, the state of New York operates under what is known as the “one bite rule,” which holds that an owner can only be held liable for his or her animal’s injurious actions if the dog, to the owner’s knowledge, has shown a previous vicious propensity in the past. If you sustain injuries in the dog’s first known incident, then you face a difficult, if not impossible, path to compensation. Even if the animal meets the requirement, your chances of success may be reduced if you are proven to have provoked the dog or did not have the right to be in the location where the injury was incurred, i.e you were trespassing. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack, please read on, then contact an experienced New York City dog bite attorney to learn what you should know about dog attacks in New York.

What injuries might you sustain in New York dog attacks?

The following are some of the most common injuries sustained in dog attacks:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Eye injuries
  • Scars
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Face injuries

Those injured in a dog attack should reach out to a New York City personal injury attorney to discuss how they should proceed.

How can an NYC personal injury attorney help you?

Besides collecting, collating and presenting the evidence necessary to prove your case in court, a qualified legal representative will do everything in his or her power to have the negligent parties held accountable for their actions, keeping the matter out of court if at all possible. Your seasoned attorney will pursue the full range of damages, including:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages due to time out of work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages

By fighting for the complete array of damages, your attorney will work to get you the compensation you deserve as well as provide a deterrent to future negligence on the defendant’s part. So, please give us a call today.

Contact Our New York City 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 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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