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Bronx Dog Bite LawyerWere you or your child bitten by a dog in the Bronx, NY? An experienced Bronx dog bite lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to recover the fair compensation you deserve. The dog’s owner may owe you money for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.

Our legal team has over 25 years of experience handling personal injury law cases in New York City. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients over the years.

Don’t hesitate to learn more about your legal rights. Call our law firm in the Bronx, New York at (212) 564 2800 to schedule a free consultation today, or contact us here.

How Can the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Help After a Dog Bite in the Bronx?

How Can the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Help After a Dog Bite in the Bronx?Insurance companies have financial resources that most ordinary people don’t have. If you were injured because of someone else’s dog, you deserve an experienced lawyer who will even the playing field.

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, our Bronx personal injury lawyers have over 25 years of experience. We’ve been recognized as a National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyer and earned membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Our law offices have also obtained an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Hiring us means you’ll gain an advocate to:

  • Locate the evidence needed to establish your right to compensation
  • Identify all responsible parties
  • Accurately assess the value of your dog bite claim
  • File a claim with the insurance company
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies and defense lawyers on your behalf

Our Bronx personal injury attorneys have won some of the largest settlements and verdicts in NYC. We take our responsibility seriously–and you can count on us to fight for you in the courtroom if the insurance company refuses to offer an acceptable settlement.

Taking the first step is easy. Just contact our law firm to schedule your free consultation today.

How Common Are Dog Bites in the Bronx, NY?

Dog bites are extremely common–both in the United States and in NYC.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. each year. The Department of Health conducted a study on dog bite injuries in New York City. Across the five boroughs, 6,373 New Yorkers visited the emergency room for dog bite injuries in a single year.

What is My Bronx Dog Bite Case Worth?

Valuation is one of the most complex elements in any personal injury claim. Dog bite victims have the right to be made whole again. That means you deserve compensation for all of your financial costs–and your non-financial suffering.

Some elements that can play a role in calculating the fair value of your personal injury case include:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • Your recovery prospects
  • Whether your quality of life, work, or education are impacted
  • The emotional suffering or PTSD you’ve endured
  • The cost of your medical treatment and out-of-pocket expenses

Unfortunately, children are often the victims in dog bite cases. The experience can cause serious emotional trauma. In addition to causing physical injuries, a dog attack can leave the child frightened and suffering.

Expect the insurance company to downplay these risks. Our lawyers are here to make sure your insurance demand accounts for all of your losses.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Dog Bite Victims?

The compensation you can recover under New York personal injury laws is classified according to the “damages” you’ve suffered. Dog bite victims can almost always recover compensation for their past and future medical expenses.

You may also be entitled to compensation for additional economic damages, including:

We’ll also fight to recover non-economic damages to compensate you for the suffering you’ve endured because of the dog attack, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Physical disfigurement and scarring
  • Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
  • Loss of consortium

Some of these damages are easy to calculate. Others, like pain and suffering and emotional distress, are much more difficult. Our lawyers often bring in expert witnesses to calculate these hard-to-value losses.

Ready to learn more about how we can help fight for all of the damages you deserve? Give us a quick call for a free case evaluation today.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Dog Bite in New York?

Dog bite victims are often blamed for provoking the animal. Under New York dog bite laws, dogs can only be classified as dangerous if they bite without provocation. In other words, it can be much more difficult to recover damages if you’re being blamed for provoking the dog that bit you.

However, that doesn’t mean you’ll lose your right to compensation entirely. New York follows a pure contributory negligence law. The amount of compensation you receive can be reduced in proportion to your share of fault. The dog bite owner can also be held liable for their share of responsibility–even if their negligence was only 1% of the cause of your dog bite injury.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bite injuries often cause types of injuries that are much more extensive than the puncture wounds themselves.

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we often represent Bronx dog bite victims who have sustained:

Do you have questions about your legal rights after a dog bite in New York City? Our lawyers are here to help. Just call our legal team to schedule your 100% free case review today.

Am I Required to Prove Negligence to Recover Compensation After a Dog Bite in New York?

In some states, every dog gets one “free bite.” In other words, the dog owner is only liable for damages if the dog has bitten someone else in the past. This is called a “one bite rule”.

There is no true “one bite rule” in New York. Instead, owners of “dangerous dogs” can be held strictly liable for medical bills if their dog bites someone else. You won’t have to prove negligence if you’re bitten by a dangerous dog in the Bronx. Instead, you’ll have to prove that the dog was dangerous.

A dog is classified as “dangerous” under New York state dog bite law if the dog:

  • Has attacked and injured a person, farm animal, or pet without justification in the past
  • Has behaved in a way that would cause a reasonable person to believe that the dog poses a serious and unjustified risk of serious injury or death

In these cases, the owner will be responsible for paying your medical expenses. However, you won’t be able to recover additional damages unless you can prove that the animal’s owner was somehow negligent. These “additional damages” include money for lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

You may be entitled to recover additional damages if you can prove:

  • The dog owner was negligent in handling the dog and that caused the dog bite
  • The dog owner knew, or reasonably should have known, that the dog had vicious propensities

There are many different ways to establish a dog owner’s negligence. An experienced Bronx dog bite attorney can investigate your case to locate:

  • Complaints filed by neighbors and others about the dog
  • Reports of the dog’s fighting
  • Witness testimony about the dog’s displace of vicious tendencies
  • Evidence that the dog owner violated NYC leash laws
  • Whether the owner had used a muzzle or other restraints to control the dog in the past

It can be a challenge to locate this evidence on your own. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our lawyers in the Bronx for help. We’ll do everything possible to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve if you’ve been injured by a dog bite or animal attack.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Dog Bite in New York?

It’s not always easy to take legal action quickly if you’ve been hurt. Despite this, the law limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit after a dog bite. The New York statute of limitations is three years–meaning that you’ll have to be ready to sue for damages within three years of your dog bite injury.

Contact a Bronx Dog Bite Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Being bitten by a dog can be a traumatic experience. You may not know where to turn for help. An experienced Bronx dog bite lawyer can help you understand the law and how it will apply in your case.

To learn more about how we’ll fight for your family’s right to compensation, call the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC for a free initial consultation today.

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