During the holiday season, it is common for people to visit relatives and friends, which often puts them in situations where they will interact with unfamiliar dogs. Unfortunately, if dogs are aggressive or feel as though their space is threatened, they can attack. Unfortunately, children are often bitten in these situations, since they are smaller and less likely to be cautious around animals they’ve never met or spent much time with.
When dogs attack, they can leave children physically and emotionally scarred for a lifetime. As a parent, you may also be suffering emotionally as you watch your child deal with their injuries. Fortunately, you have legal options for getting compensation for your child’s medical expenses and other losses after a vicious attack, even if the dog’s owner is a close friend or family member.
Keep in mind that most homeowners’ insurance policies provide coverage in the event that a pet harms someone, so you could potentially recover the compensation you need, without signficant impact on the dog’s owners’ finances. Be sure to reach out to an experienced New York injury lawyer to learn more and to discuss your specific situation.
What Compensation Might I Recover on Behalf of My Child?
Depending on the specifics of your child’s case, you may be able to recover significant compensation through the homeowner’s insurance, commercial insurance, or even the auto insurance of the dog’s owner. Seeking compensation is your legal right and is often in the best interest of your injured child. Potential compensation may include:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Travel costs for treatment
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Related property damage (such as clothing or other personal items damaged during the attack)
Working with an attorney can ensure you and your loved ones recover the full and fair compensation you deserve, while also (hopefully) preserving the close ties to the friend, neighbor, or family member who owned the aggressive animal.
Contact a New York dog bite lawyer for help
If your child was bitten by a dog this holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experienced attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP for help right away. Call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.
In a report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), researchers estimate that roughly 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. Around 800,000 of those bites require medical attention. This means that every day, about 1 in 69 Americans are bitten.
While this information can seem frightening, there are a few simple ways to reduce the likelihood of being bitten by a threatened or overly-playful dog.
Who Is At Risk?
According to the CDC, children are statistically more likely to be bitten by dogs than adults are. While many parents believe that the majority of bites come from unfamiliar dogs, over half of the dog-bite injuries are from household dogs. Because small children are especially vulnerable, it is not advisable to let them play with a dog unsupervised.
Here are a few small steps you can take to lower the risk of sustaining an injury from a dog bite:
- Before reaching out to pet someone else’s dog, ask for permission.
- Always allow a dog to see and sniff you first before petting it
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Don’t bother a dog that is asleep, eating, or caring for puppies.
- If approached by an unfamiliar dog, do not run or panic. Be still and say “stop” or “get away” in a deep voice.
- If you are knocked over by a dog, curl up into a ball to protect your head, neck, and abdomen from being bitten.
If you have been bitten, it is essential to seek proper medical attention.
For small wounds:
- Wash thoroughly with soap and water
- Apply an antibiotic ointment and bandage
- If the wound becomes swollen, painful, and red, seek medical attention from a trained healthcare professional. The wound could be infected.
For deeper wounds:
- Apply pressure with a clean bandage or cloth
- If you feel faint, dizzy, or weak, and you cannot stop the bleeding, seek medical attention from a trained healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Reporting the Bite
If you have been bitten, you may want to think about reporting the bite to your local animal control agency or police department. You could be at risk for rabies, especially if the dog seems sick or is acting strangely. If you can, contact the owner to check whether or not the dog has been vaccinated for rabies. You will need the veterinarian’s contact information to verify it.
Contact a New York Dog Bite Attorney
If you or your child has sustained serious injury from a dog bite due to a negligent owner, the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP want you to know that legal help is available to you. Even minor dog bites carry the threat of infection and disease, and more severe bites could require extensive medical treatment and could result in permanent scarring or disfigurement. If someone else’s dog bit you, you could be eligible to seek compensation from the owner to make sure that you don’t have to pay for medical expenses and other costs out of your own pocket.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our New York dog bite lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss your rights and legal options. We’re here to support you, so call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out to us online.
Lockport, NY (April 18, 2019) – While many jobs come with obvious hazards, each and every worker retains the rights to a safe work environment. Two workers at a dog daycare facility were reported to have suffered work-related injuries while performing their duties on Thursday morning, April 18th.
In a ruling issued last Tuesday, August 30, Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Leonard Steinman wrote in Waldman v. Sangiray that Engin Sangiray, the owner of a two-year-old Siberian Husky – a supposedly non-violent creature – that allegedly jumped on 82-year-old Jacqueline Waldman, may be liable for her injuries.
According to court documents, Waldman was walking with her three-year-old grandson in Hewlett Harbor, New York on June 8, 2012, when Sangiray’s Siberian Husky came up to them and placed its paws on her shoulder as they passed by Sangiray’s house.
Waldman claims that the dog named Louie tipped her over, causing her to roll over on her back, and that, at some point, the dog bit her on the arm. Due to the incident, Waldman filed a personal injury lawsuit against Sangiray, who moved for summary judgment, arguing that there had no previous evidence of the dog injuring or biting anyone in the past.
Our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP provide comprehensive legal counsel for people who have been injured by animals in New York. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (212) 779-0057.
Sixty-two-year-old New York resident Anthony Purisima is suing a multitude of establishments and the local government of New York for a host of lawsuits which include personal injury and civil rights violations, the New York Post reported on May 16.
Purisima has filed a 22-page complaint against Boston, Massachusetts-based bakery and café chain Au Bon Pain, hospitals Carepoint Health and Hoboken University Medical Center, a Kmart store (outlet 7749), the St. Luke’s Emergency Department, New York City Transit Authority, New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and La Guardia Airport Administration, among others for two undecillion dollars, referring to the lawsuit’s status as “priceless,” according to the plaintiff.
The lawsuit resulted from Purisima getting bitten by a dog on an MTA bus and tourists allegedly photographing him without his permission in the hospital he stayed at.
Our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP in New York handle personal injury cases with expertise and commitment. Call us today at (212) 779-0057 if you have inquiries regarding your case.
More than 4 million dog bite injuries occur annually in the United States, often leaving victims with significant pain and suffering, as well as overwhelming bills related to necessary medical care. While nothing can erase the pain resulting from a dog bite injury, victims may be able to secure much-needed financial compensation by filing a lawsuit against the dog owner, and in some cases, the landlord or property owner of the property where the dog lives. To learn more about dog bite injury liability, or to take legal action if you’ve been injured by someone else’s dog, contact Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.