Dog Bite Statistics in New York

Jun 11, 2021

It is estimated that there are around 6,000 visits to the emergency room each year in this country due to a dog bite: in fact, dog bites account for nearly 40 deaths per year. Have you got a dog? It pays to know the laws as they pertain to pets and dog bites. Also, if you have been bitten by a dog, speak with a Brooklyn personal injury lawyer at Levitsky Law Firm to learn more about your rights.

Dog Bites 

Did you know that dog bites are one of the main causes of non-fatal injury to kids? The CDC reports that there are well over 4 million reported dog bites each year, and that the majority- around 80%- do not result in serious injury requiring medical attention.

An Incident or Injury 

Try to remain calm if your dog has attacked or bitten another dog. Separate the dogs first; you can lift your dog’s hind legs and guide them away from the other dog, gently, but firmly. It is imperative to get your dog under control.

Next, help the owner with their pet and tend to the injured animal.

If you have been bitten by a dog, make sure to get the dog owner’s information and contact a doctor for care recommendations regarding the bite. Always report a dog bite so that you rule out rabies. If you do not know who owns the dog, look for witnesses that could describe or identify the dog that bit you. If the dog presents a risk to anyone, call 911 immediately.

Dog Bite Laws 

New York has a distinctive set of dog bite laws and penalties, including dangerous dog laws that hold owners liable for victim’s damages and injuries in all cases when the dog has a history of aggressive behavior. However, if the dog has not been deemed dangerous or bitten before, the victim must prove that the owner was aware of the dog’s tendency toward aggression to hold them liable. Negligence is not reason enough in New York to hold dog owners liable if you are bitten, injured, maimed- or even killed.  

Legal Advice for a Dog Bite

When it comes to a dog bite, it makes sense to consult with Personal injury attorneys Brooklyn to find out more about your rights. Depending on the circumstances, you could be denied damages or compensation for serious dog bite injuries; similarly, you could be in legal trouble for a dog bite that may not be your fault.

Levitsky Law Firm can help. Whether you have been bitten by a dog or have a dog that has bitten someone else, talk to a Personal injury lawyer in Brooklyn with expertise and experience. Know your rights- call or visit today.