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Aggressive Animals

Each year aggressive animals attack and bite millions of people. Regardless of their size or tendency to be brutish, all animals can be capable of serious harm with enough provocation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people have a 50% chance of being bitten by an animal every year. When such harm is done, victims of animal bites may be able to hold animal owners liable for their injury under certain circumstances. Liability laws vary from state to state and it is important to contact an New York Dog Bite Attorney to understand victim’s rights in an animal bite case.

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Dog Bites

Dog bites are one of the most commonly reported animal bite injuries in the United States. Nearly 2% of the U.S. population is bitten by dogs every year - that is more than 4.7 million people annually. Bites to children represent almost half of the total number of reported cases and children are twice as likely to need medical care than adults.

A New York bite from a dog may result in a minor puncture wound or may cause more serious harm depending on the dog’s health. Dog bites can result in a victim suffering from various diseases since a dog’s mouth can contain germs and rabies.

If You are Bitten by a Dog or Other Animal

The most important first step to take if you are bitten and injured by an animal is to clean the wound and seek immediate medical attention. If not treated, an animal bite can lead to serious injury or even death due to infection or other illness.

Once evaluated and treated by a doctor, you may also want to consult a New York Dog Bite Attorney to discuss a possible legal claim and any recovery for damages resulting from animal bites. A bite victim may be able to recover compensation with the help of an attorney, from any person whose negligence caused the animal attack, a person who violated a leash law or a law prohibiting an animal, such as a dog, from running about without supervision, or a person who kept an animal with the knowledge that the animal had a history of hurting people.

Legal Grounds for Dog and Animal Bite Injury Compensation

As an animal bite victim, it is important to collect as much information as you can about the injury and animal in order for an attorney to adequately assess the situation and provide legal counsel. You may want to seek information about the animal’s medical history, the animal’s behavior history, witness accounts of the incident, any police reports in connection to the incident, and medical information of the victim after the attack.

While liability laws very from state to state, animal owners may be held responsible for the injurious behavior of their pets if one can prove that the owner knew the animal may be dangerous and could potentially cause harm to others.

Legal Help for New York Dog and Animal Bite Victims

If you, a family member or friend have suffered from a serious New York dog or animal bite, contact an experienced New York Dog Bite Attorney at Finz & Finz, P.C. for a Free Case Evaluation or call (855) TOP-FIRM.

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Dog Walking Services May Put People at Risk

September 19, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Dogs on walks have always posed some risk to pedestrians, as it is impossible to predict when an animal might become aggressive.  Though there are steps a person can take to mitigate the risk, such as never approaching an unfamiliar dog, being careful around dogs that are sleeping, and not startling a dog with loud noises, there is often little a person can do to avoid an animal that is being walked down the street.

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Owners Ignore Warning Behaviors of Dogs

July 31, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Dog bites can cause significant injury and even death.  When a dog bites a person, there is a risk of damage to muscle and bone, and also a risk of infection.  But the most significant risk comes from nerve damage.  A particularly vicious dog bite can sever a nerve entirely, permanently damaging the limb and even carrying a risk of amputation.

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The Headline Says It All Regarding Dog Bites

June 19, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A February 5, 2018 story by Lauren Coronado of KESQ in California carries the headline “Child bitten by a possible service dog at Palm Desert grocery store.”  Though there are many interesting details in the story, the headline conveys the most important piece of information, which is that all too often there is little way to discern whether a dog is a genuine service animal or is just a pet being passed off as one.

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Child Bitten By Emotional Support Dog

February 27, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Service animals have become a common sight in most cities and in many smaller towns across the United States.  These animals, usually dogs, are specially trained to assist persons with disabilities in navigating the world around them.  These canines were originally used as “guide dogs” to help individuals with visual impairments cross streets or otherwise travel safety.

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Owners Held Responsible for Dog Bites

March 23, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Dogs are known as man’s best friend. And for the most part, they are. Coming home to the family dog greeting you with love and excitement can be wonderful. Sadly, some dogs are raised to be aggressive, or they are not cared for properly by their owners, causing more behavioral issues. When these dogs are not supervised or let loose in the streets, it becomes scary and dangerous for anyone who is confronted and attacked by these animals.

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A Mind-Boggling Amount of Dog Bites

September 18, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The numbers are mind-boggling.  In just three year times, in just one suburban community in Tennessee, there were 1100 dog bites, a rate of almost exactly one dog bite a day.  Dog bites can often lead to infection and scarring, and almost always cause significant pain to the victim, yet little is done to prevent irresponsible pet owners from allowing their dogs to bite people.

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Dog Bites: Two Tickets

June 23, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Most of us have gotten at least one ticket in our lives.  Chances are it was for something relatively minor, like going a few miles over the speed limit or jaywalking.  For the vast majority of us, whatever we were ticketed for didn’t cause injury or death to anyone else.  We learned our lesson and we moved on.

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Dog Bites: A Well-Trained Dog is No Guarantee

March 04, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Many people insist their dogs are friendly and well-trained, and there is no risk at all to have children around them.  Pet owners insist their animals have never been aggressive toward anyone, and that the uncomfortable feeling large dog get around small children is unreasonable.  People insist that few dogs are actually dangerous.  People are often wrong.

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Dog Bites: Meddling

February 06, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

You don’t want to cause trouble.  Maybe you’re out for your morning jog, or walking to the store, or even just out getting the morning paper or afternoon mail.  You notice a dog is wandering the neighborhood, and you just assume that one of the neighbors’ dogs is running loose.  You don’t want your neighbors to be angry at you, so you ignore it.  It’s not a big deal, you tell yourself.  Even when the dog starts acting strangely, barking or growling, you push the thought from your head and go back inside.

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Dog Bites: Some Relief for Victims

August 19, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

People are drawn to causes where they feel they are making an active difference.  There are always fundraisers for important issues like cancer and diabetes, because the search for a cure is a powerful idea.  These are very noble pursuits, but one danger that sends thousands of people to the emergency room each year has been under-addressed.  Dog bites, to which most people give little thought, are one of the most common causes of serious injury in this country.

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Man's Best Friend Can Inflict Deadly Bites

June 11, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It’s a cliché that dogs are man’s best friend. They serve as companions, and can protect us. However, dogs can bite—and at times unexpectedly—and those bites can be deadly.

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Dog and Cat Bites: Are Cat Bites Just as Harmful?

March 04, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

New studies show that a cat bite is just as critical as a dog bite. This means you may want to think twice when playing with the neighbor’s pet.  Can a tiny cat bite develop into an injury that could be the base cause of a personal injury lawsuit?  Some say you may have a case.

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Holidays and Pets: What To Watch

December 02, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The holidays bring about unexpected activity for pets and their owners, especicially for those who travel with dogs or visit homes with dogs.  Extra activity can make pets anxious.  In the past, we've talked about what you can do if you, your child or someone you know has been bitten by a dog.  There are steps to take, and actions to avoid when encountering dogs who may feel threatened.  Generally, we think a dog bite occurs to someone who is passing by a dog on the sidewalk, or petting a dog in someone’s home.  What we don’t often think about are dog bites that occur when we’re on a bike, scooter or horse.

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Dog Bites and Attacks: What Next?

November 29, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Centers for Disease Controls estimates that nearly 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and that 885,000 of those have injuries severe enough to warrant an emergency room visit.  Still, sadly, some of these bites and attacks are fatal.  The situation becomes even more sad when children are involved, a number roughly around 400,000.  Dog bites and attacks can occur randomly, but rarely does a dog bite without some type of reason. Ranging from being spooked, potentially provoked, taunted, or protecting its territory, it’s important to remember that dogs are still animals, originating from wild animals that over time became domesticated.  Anything can happen when a dog is involved.

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Dog Bites: A Warning to Runners and Walkers

September 12, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An average of 4.9 million people annually are bitten by dogs, according to the Center for Disease Controls.  Some of them cause people to visit the emergency room, and many of the victims are small children.  But, adults too, can encounter dogs in the neighborhood, especially dogs that are not specifically provoked, but are compelled to attack to protect their territory.  Runners and joggers beware:  you could be particularly at risk for a number of reasons.

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Animal Attacks: Dogs Not Always the Culprit

September 05, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In a recent episode highlighting a list of the top 10 animal attacks on humans, featured on the Discovery Channel, the countdown showed video accounts of animal attacks at zoos and safaris.  It was not difficult to realize that caged animals are still wild, no matter the environment or safe handling involved.  From a lion turning on his owner, to a chimpanzee gone wild at a zoo, to a circus elephant on the rampage, wild animals are to be taken very seriously at all times. You never know when an attack will be triggered. In 2009, a woman was severely disfigured when a pet chimpanzee owned by her neighbor went berserk and attacked the woman, leaving her with injuries on her face that broke ground in medical surgery and face transplants.  How can a family “pet” take such a turn of personality?

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Dogs are Not Man’s Best Friend when they Collide with Cyclists Causing Injury and there is No Cause of Action for Negligence

May 30, 2013 | George M. Heymann Former Judge NYC Civil Court Housing Part

This was the determination of the Appellate Division, First Department, in Doerr v. Goldsmith (NYLJ, 4/18/13) where a bicycle rider collided with a dog that ran into his path, causing him to fall off his bike and sustain injuries, and, yet, could not sue the dog’s owner for negligence.

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Natural Disasters Mean Deserted Animals: Know the Dog Before You Take in a Stray

April 05, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Natural disasters have a way of affecting all in their path, including the pets and animals left behind when an owner can no longer care for them due to loss of home or resulting depleted finances.  From runaway pets to those we find wandering the streets after being separated from their owners, the shelters fill quickly with those in need of a home. For some of us who are in a position to care for a new friend, we find it hard to resist taking one in.  But, as cute as they may seem on the outside, dogs and cats are still animals and must be considered as such before we become too friendly.

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Don’t Judge A Dog by Its Owner: A Dog Is Still A Dog…That Bites

November 20, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Dog bites have become an every day occurrence as far as hospital visits are concerned nationwide.  Troublesome for both the owner and the victim, dog bites create animosity, conflict, resentment, anger and fear (and that goes for the dog, too).  Most dog owners think their dogs are “fine” and balk at the idea of their pet posing a threat to others.  Owners allow passers-by to pet the dog, and allow children to come face-to-face with a new-found furry friend. 

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