Compassionate Representation For Dog Bite Victims In Western New York
In many households throughout the United States, dogs aren’t just pets. They are members of the family. As wonderful as dogs and other animals can be, it’s important to remember that they are also capable of “wild animal” behavior. By some estimates, nearly 1,000 people per day receive emergency room treatment for dog bites and attacks. Many of these victims are children.
If you or someone you love was bitten by another person’s dog, you likely have both the need and the opportunity to seek compensation for those injuries. In Buffalo and throughout western New York, VanDette Law PLLC is the firm to call for experienced and knowledgeable legal representation. Our attorneys have over 35 years of combined legal experience, and we focus exclusively on personal injury law.
Do Not Underestimate The Seriousness Of A Dog Attack
Many people think of domestic dogs as harmless, but that’s not always the case. The potential consequences of a dog bite/attack are serious. They include:
- Tissue damage to the arms, legs and face
- Significant pain
- Permanent disfigurement
- Partial or total blindness (if bitten in the face)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological injuries
If you or your child were attacked by a dog, it is important to seek medical attention and document your injuries. Once you are medically stable, contact our firm to discuss your legal options for seeking compensation.
A Brief Overview Of New York’s Dog Bite Liability Laws
Each state takes its own approach to the liability of dog owners after a dog bite/attack. In some states, dog owners are only liable if they knew that their dog was aggressive and has displayed similar behavior in the past. This is commonly referred to as the “one-bite rule.” In other states, dog owners are strictly liable, meaning they assume liability just by owning the dog.
New York’s law is a hybrid of these two principles. Dog owners are strictly liable for the victim’s medical bills and/or veterinary costs (if the victim was another animal, such as a guide dog or a domestic pet). If the victim wishes to pursue other damages (like pain and suffering), however, they will need to prove that the owner knew or should have known that their dog was aggressive/vicious.
When you work with our skilled attorneys, we will help you build the strongest case for dog owner negligence. And you won’t be taking legal action solely for your own benefit. You may be preventing future attacks against other people.