New York Dog Bite Attorney

New York Dog Bite Lawyer

When you get hurt in a dog attack in New York City, you might be able to hold the owner liable for your injuries. The experienced New York dog bite lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, PC can help you maximize your compensation. Contact our NYC law firm to schedule a free, no-obligation case assessment.

We’ll review your case, explain your legal options, and answer any questions you might have. Our team is available 24/7 to take your call.

How Common Are Dog Bites in NYC?

Every year, there are approximately 4.7 million dog attacks across the United States. In New York City, alone, there are an estimated 4,000 dog bites annually. That’s more than 10 dog bites in the city every single day. 

Unfortunately, a disproportionate number of dog bite victims are children. According to national statistics, 400,000 kids are bitten by dogs every year. Why? Children, especially young children who are involved in a majority of these attacks, don’t always understand that dogs can be dangerous.

Kids might not realize that dogs don’t like to be taunted with food or have their tails pulled. Even if children are just playing, the results can be devastating. When children are bitten by dogs, they tend to require more intensive and immediate medical care than adults.  Children are also much more likely to be victims of fatal dog attacks. 

Who Is Responsible For My Injuries After a Dog Bite in NYC?

Anyone who is negligent and contributes to your dog attack might be financially responsible for resulting injuries. This could include:

  • The dog’s owner
  • The person responsible for watching or pet-sitting the dog
  • Property owners, or
  • Landlords.

It’s important to consult with an experienced attorney if you’ve been bitten by a dog. You might have a legitimate claim against multiple parties. Naming more than one defendant in your dog bite claim can help to maximize your compensation.

Does New York Have a “One Bite” Rule?

Yes and no. New York’s dog bite law is a mixture of a “one bite” rule and strict liability.

Here’s how:

  • Dog owners are strictly liable for the cost of medical bills related to any dog attack.
  • Dog owners are only liable for additional damages if they knew, or should have known, that the dog had a history of viciousness.

So, you can hold a dog owner strictly liable for your medical bills, but not other damages if that dog hasn’t been vicious in the past.

You may still be able to recover compensation for additional damages, even if the dog didn’t have a history of viciousness. If the owner was negligent in handling or caring for the animal, they may be liable for other resulting damages. 

We Handle All Dog Bite Injury Cases in New York

Dog bites are responsible for devastating and debilitating injuries. Every year, more than 325,000 people visit the emergency room to receive treatment for a dog bite injury. Nearly 10,000 of those victims are hospitalized because their injuries are so severe. 

At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., our NYC dog bite lawyers are prepared to help you fight to get money for all of your attack-related injuries, including:

  • Cuts and lacerations, particularly to the face, neck, and head
  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue injuries, including sprains, strains, and bruises
  • Crushing injury
  • Head injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Lost limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Wrongful death, and more.

Contact our NYC law firm to schedule a free consultation. If you can’t make it into our office, our attorneys can travel to visit you. We’ll arrange a time to discuss your case at home, at work, at the hospital, or wherever you need us to go. All you have to do is call.

Damages Are Available If You’ve Been Injured in a NYC Dog Attack

A dog owner can be strictly liable for your medical bills and expenses, regardless of whether that dog has been vicious or attacked anyone in the past. If the dog owner was negligent, or if the dog has a history of viciousness, you may also be entitled to additional compensation. This could include money for:

  • Lost wages and income
  • Disability
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Plastic or corrective surgery
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Embarrassment, and more.

Don’t let an insurance company decide what your case is worth. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., our goal is to maximize the settlement or verdict you secure. How? We’ve spent years establishing relationships with some of the best injury experts in New York.

When we investigate and build your case, we can rely on them for valuable insight and information. With their help, we can understand your injuries and how they might affect your life. We’ll demand money to compensate for your past, present, and future damages.

How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit in NYC?

It can take a while to get back on your feet after you’ve been injured in a New York dog attack. Even then, you might be faced with the reality of a permanent disability. The emotional trauma of your attack can stand between you and the life you once knew. We know things are difficult right now.

However, you cannot hesitate to assert your right to recover compensation. If you wait too long, you will miss out on the money you need and deserve. In New York, the statute of limitations for dog bite injury lawsuits is three years. So, you’ll have three years to file an injury claim and get the ball rolling.

You may have more or less time, depending on the specific circumstances of your case. The best thing you can do is call our experienced New York personal injury lawyers for help. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started on your case. 

Call Our New York City Dog Bite Lawyers For Help

Whether you’ve been attacked by a dog you know or a dangerous dog on the streets of New York, the attorneys at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. are here to help. At the very least, you have the right to demand compensation if you required medical attention. You may also have the right to seek additional damages related to lost wages, chronic pain, and mental anguish. We’ll work tirelessly to recover every dollar that you deserve.

Your first consultation is free, so reach out to our law firm online or give us a call today.