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New York City Dog Bite Lawyer

New York City Dog Bite Lawyer

Have you been injured in a dog attack in New York City? You may be entitled to recover compensation. At the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, our New York City dog bite lawyers are skilled negotiators and seasoned litigators. Call us today at (212) 564 2800 to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Since our founding in 2007, the dedicated NYC personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, have focused our practice on helping injured dog bite victims just like you. We know that your choice of an attorney in your dog bite case can make all the difference in the results.

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

Dog bite cases are different from many other kinds of personal injury cases, like car accident cases or workplace accident cases. When you have been injured by a dog and the dog’s owner knew the dog was dangerous, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Even bites from small dogs can lead to costly medical expenses. At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we know how painful, damaging, and disfiguring dog bites can be. Our NYC personal injury attorneys are ready to fight for your financial recovery.

When you hire our law firm, we provide much more than just legal advice.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Full-service representation relating to all aspects of your case from start to finish
  • A thorough evaluation of all parties who can be held liable for your financial and physical losses
  • The expert analysis needed to support your claims for medical injuries and financial damages
  • Attorneys who are ready and willing to stand up to insurance companies and litigate your case at trial, if needed

Our principal attorney, Jay Knispel, has litigated multi-million dollar cases for clients over his two decades of practice as a personal injury attorney. We treat each case as if it were just as valuable because we know that our cases represent real people whose lives are valuable.

It is recommended that injury victims establish an attorney-client relationship soon after their injury. Reach out to us today for a free consultation and to get started on your road to recovery.

Are Dog Bite Injuries Common in New York City?

Estimates show that nearly 38% of all American homes have at least one dog. With its high population, New York regularly makes the list of top ten states for dog bites.

According to data compiled by the American Veterinary Medical Association:

  • Dogs live in upwards of 77 million U.S. households.
  • An estimated 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year.
  • Of all dog-bite-related fatalities, children are the victim most of the time (56.7%).

Dog owners are responsible for their dogs’ behaviors. But, not all dog owners take the time to train their animals to interact appropriately with humans, unfortunately.

What Is My Dog Bite Injury Worth?

In 2019, insurers paid out $797 million in liability claims related to dog bites. The value of a dog bite injury depends on its severity and whether the dog attack caused permanent injuries or death. Generally speaking, the more serious the injuries, the higher the value of a related personal injury case.

An experienced dog bite attorney in NYC can help you better understand the value of your individual claim.

What Compensation is Available to Dog Bite Injury Victims in New York?

New York law provides dog bite injury victims to seek both economic and non-economic damages after an attack. Economic damages are paid to make victims financially whole, while non-economic damages are intended to compensate for subjective, intangible consequences related to an attack.

Damages that can generally be awarded to dog bite victims includes money for:

  • Medical bills and related expenses
  • Lost income and wages
  • Disability
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Chronic pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Wrongful death

Don’t let insurance companies have the final say in what damages you can recover or how those damages are valued. Call the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC and let our dog bite lawyers represent your interests. We’ll bring in experts and specialists to help us along the way. With their assistance, we can be confident that we identify all of your damages and make sure that we know what they’re really worth.

Overview of Dog Bite Injuries

Overview of Dog Bite InjuriesDog bite injuries range in severity from mild to fatal. The severity of the injury often depends on factors specific to the dog and the dog bite victim.

What Kind of Injuries Can Be Caused By Dog Bites?

Our attorneys are prepared to help you recover compensation for any injuries sustained from a dog bite including:

  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Amputations
  • Infections
  • Eye injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Puncture wounds

In the event a dog attack is fatal, we stand ready to support you through a wrongful death claim. Again, the severity of these injuries depends on the dog and the victim.

Do Certain Breeds of Dogs Bite More Often?

While some studies have shown that pit bull breed dogs are more likely to bite, any dog can bite. More recent studies have shown that “unknown,” or mixed-breed, dogs are most likely to bite.

Bites from these breeds are most likely to cause injuries:

  • German Shepherd
  • Terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • Chihuahua

It is important to realize that the dog’s breed is not the most influential factor in a dog bite. Usually, dog bites occur in situations in which a dog is threatened, hurt, or scared of a human’s actions. In fact, many dog bites occur when a dog owner is trying to discipline their dog or when children are playing too roughly with a family pet.

Who Can Be Held Liable for My Dog Bite Injuries in NYC?

Anyone whose negligent acts contributed to the dog attack might be held financially accountable for your injuries.

Such parties might include:

  • The dog’s owner
  • Any person responsible for walking the dog or pet-sitting
  • Property owners
  • Landlords

You should always talk to an experienced attorney if you sustain an injury. You may have a valid premises liability claim against one or more parties for the injuries you suffered in a dog attack.

What’s the “One-Bite” Rule and Does it Apply in New York?

New York’s dog-bite law combines two legal rules: the “one-bite” rule and the “strict liability” law. Here’s what that means:

  • In New York, a dog’s owner is strictly liable for medical expenses caused by their dog’s bite.
  • Dog owners in New York are only responsible for other damages if they knew, or should have known, that their dog was dangerous based on its history of viciousness.

If a dog has not been vicious in the past, you may only be able to recover medical expenses from the dog’s owner. However, even if the dog did not have a history of viciousness, you may be able to recover additional damages if the negligence of the dog’s owner, or handler, contributed to the dog attack.

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

Under New York’s statute of limitations, a dog bite victim has three (3) years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. Claimants have only two (2) years to file suit for wrongful death claims.

There are times when different rules might apply. If a government entity is involved, you’ll have a matter of months – not years – to take action. If your injuries aren’t apparent right away, you could have additional time to act. One thing, however, is certain: you’ll forfeit the opportunity to recover compensation if you miss the deadline that applies to your case.

Get in touch with an attorney as soon as you can after a dog attack in New York City. Prompt action can set you up for a much-needed financial win.

Contact Our New York City Dog Bite Lawyers Today

If you have been injured by a dog attack or have lost a loved one to a vicious dog, contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, today. Our personal injury law firm serves clients across New York City and your first consultation with our New York City dog bite lawyer is 100% free.

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