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What Goes Into a Dog Bite Settlement Claim?

Did you know that more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. each year? While the majority of dog owners are cooperative, there are unfortunately others that refuse to accept responsibility for their pet. Here are the requirements for bringing a case into court in New York.

Requirements for a Case in New York

  • You must file your case withinthree years of the date of the injury.
  • The owner of the dog is determined as liable for the medical costs if:
    • The dog attacks and injures or kills a person, farm animal or pet without justification
    • The dog behaves in a way that would make a someone believe that the dog poses a serious threat.
  • The owner of the dog is liable for other costs (not medical) if negligence is determined. This means that the owner failed to use reasonable care to control their pet. This is sometimes known as the “one bite” rule, as negligence is often determined if the dog has bitten or acted aggressively before.

Exceptions to dog bite cases include a dog that was protecting property, was being abused or tormented, was physically threatened by the person who was bitten, or was acting in response to pain or injury.

If you or someone that you love is looking to protect their rights and secure compensation for injuries, do not hesitate to reach out to our attorneys. At Levine and Wiss, PLLC, we are dedicated to helping our clients secure the compensation that they are entitled to. Give us a call at 1-888-GOT-HURT for a FREE consultation.