Dog Bite Attorneys Serving Upstate NY
While “man’s best friend”Âť is often a tame and friendly companion, unfortunately that is not always the case, resulting in dire consequences. Â If you or a loved one have been bitten and injured by a dog, you need to know your rights, and you need an attorney who knows the unique dog bite laws of New York to assure you obtain the restitution you deserve and to prevent a vicious attack on another innocent person or pet.
Understanding Your Rights After A Dog Attack in New York State
A dog owner, under the Agriculture and Markets Law, will be automatically responsible to you for any medical costs arising from an unprovoked dog attack. Additionally, under this law, the dog owner may be required to pay a fine in restitution to the injured person or owner or even serve time in prison, depending on the circumstances.
It is important to note, however, that before a dog owner will be liable for more than a designated fine and medical costs resulting from an attack by his or her dog, the owner must be aware of the dog’s “vicious propensities.” While this is often called the “one free bite” rule in New York, it can be established in other ways than a prior bite. If the attacking dog is a guard dog, or been known to growl, snap or bare its teeth, or attack other dogs, this may be sufficient. Complaints to the owner or local officials that the dog is dangerous, or proof of any prior violent behavior, may be sufficient to establish the owner was aware of the dog’s “vicious propensities.”
Other factors are at play in this area of the law that may make an owner liable for their dog’s attack. First, many municipalities have leash laws in effect requiring that owners keep their dogs on a leash of a certain length while in public. When an unleashed dog bites an innocent bystander in public, the owner may be responsible, regardless of prior knowledge of the dog’s vicious propensities. Moreover, a landlord that knows there is a dangerous animal on the rented property may be liable for a dog attack, even though the landlord does not own or directly control the dog.
The following resources provideÂ more helpful information about your rights when it comes to dog bite injuries:
Â Get The Help You Need After You’ve Been Injured By A Dog Bite
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite from a dangerous dog, there are a number of important steps you should take following a dog attack to ensure your rights are protected. In addition to advising your local animal control officer and seeking medical care for your wounds, you should be sure to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.
At Maynard, O’Connor, Smith & Catalinotto, we have decades of experience helping victims of dog bites and attacks throughout the state of New York. With offices located in Albany, Johnstown and Saugerties, we are a convenient choice for injured individualsÂ throughout the Capital District as well as Hudson, Amsterdam, Ulster County and other areas of Upstate New York.
Our team of experienced personal injury lawyersÂ will guide you every step of the way as you recover from your injuries and seek maximum compensation from the responsible party.