Dog Bites & Attacks

New York Dog Bite Attorneys

Were You Attacked by a Dog? You Have Rights.

Every year, approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs. This accounts for roughly 2% of the population in the United States. Unfortunately, most of these dog bites never get reported, making it that much more difficult to document how big the problem actually is. To make matters worse, most of the victims in these cases are children. Kids between the ages of five and nine suffer a majority of the serious injuries reported each year from dog bites and attacks. Our New York dog bite attorneys have years of experience in proving liability and can help you recover.

If you or your child was bitten by someone else’s dog, you have rights. Contact the team at Flanzig & Flanzig, LLP at (866) 794-1112 to discuss your options with a personal injury lawyer.

Preventing Infection

Dog bites can be critical and require emergency care, especially because you don’t know whether the dog has rabies or not. Bites that break the skin can spread germs that cause infection.

Symptoms of an infection include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Increased pain in area
  • Oozing
  • Fever

If you haven’t had a tetanus shot in five or more years, you may be at risk of tetanus and require a booster shot. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect your dog bite has caused an infection.

Understanding New York’s Dog Bite Laws

In New York, dog owners are strictly liable for medical costs if their pet is considered to be a “dangerous dog.” Under the law, a dangerous dog is defined as any dog that attacks, injures, or kills another person, companion animal, farm animal, or domestic animal, or one that behaves in a manner that poses a serious and unjustified imminent danger to another person or animal.

If the victim wishes to recover damages not related to medical costs, they will have to prove that the dog had dangerous tendencies, and that the owner knew about these tendencies. It is also important to note that victims of dog bites will only have three years to file a claim against the responsible party. For this reason, timely action will be crucial in your dog bite case.

Contact Flanzig & Flanzig, LLP Today

After an attack, the first thing you should do is contact a dog bite lawyer in New York. Flanzig & Flanzig, LLP has successfully handled dog bites cases from investigation to trial. It is important to show that the owner knew, or should have known, that their dog was dangerous. Using our team of investigators, we will interview neighbors or other victims to prove to the defendants and a jury that the defendants failed to take steps to stop the attack. We can handle cases throughout the five boroughs and other areas in Suffolk County and Nassau County.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous dog, you should contact us immediately at (866) 794-1112 so that we can begin our investigation and get you the results you deserve. We're also available online.

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