Staten Island Dog Bite Injury Attorney
Have You Suffered a Dog Bite On Staten Island?
The dog bite injury statistics gathered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention highlight some disturbing facts. In the US each year more than 4½ million people – nearly one American in 70 – will be bitten by a dog. More than one in 5 of those victims (over 800,000 people, half of them children) will visit a hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.
A sad fact is that over 25,000 of these serious dog bite victims will also need some form of reconstructive surgery for their injuries. Even sadder is that every year the most serious of these dog bite incidents will combine to kill at least 30 people.
You know exactly how distressing and expensive a serious dog bite can be if it’s happened to you or a loved one. Medical expenses can add up, wages can be lost, and emotional suffering can last a long time. After the anguish of a serious dog bite you need to do whatever is necessary to restore your life to the way it was before. Engaging an experienced Staten Island law firm with dog bite injury knowledge will put you on the right track.
In New York State, a vicious dog’s owner can be held liable if that dog causes harm to any person, or to a service dog or other animal, particularly if the owner of the attacking dog knew or should have known that their animal had “vicious propensities.” A serious dog bite injury is a grave misfortune, but you may be entitled to recover damages from the animal’s owner to meet your medical bills, make up for lost income, and deal with other expenses. Collecting from the owner of a vicious dog after an attack becomes easier when you work with a law firm that understands the legalities of dog bite injuries.
Some important factors involved in the pursuit of a dog bite injury claim are:
– Was the attack in a public place, or on private property that was entered legally?
– Did the dog cause other injuries (from a fall, for example) without biting the victim?
– Did the dog have a history of viciousness?
– Did the owner know, or should he have known, that the dog was vicious?
– Were other state laws violated, making the dog’s owner automatically negligent?
– Was a landlord aware of the dog’s viciousness but did nothing?
Capable Dog Bite Injury Attorneys in Staten Island
Have you or someone close to you been injured by a serious dog bite or related injury? Getting in touch with a firm with the right kind of knowledge and experience is critical for any future action. Meet with Kuharski, Levitz, & Giovinazzo today to discuss your case.