Dog attacks can turn an ordinary encounter with man’s best friend into a dangerous situation, quickly resulting in severe injuries and trauma. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury from a dog bite, contact the Syracuse dog bite injury lawyers at Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP for information and advice about your rights. Our Syracuse dog bite attorneys can help you decide whether it is more prudent to fight or to settle a case in order to obtain the maximum award.
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Thousands of Dog Bites Each Year
Every year there are more than 850,000 dog bites requiring medical attention. Every day nearly 100 children are bitten by dogs. One third of all injury claims against homeowner liability policies are related to dog bites and dog attacks, and statistics show that once a dog has bitten, the dog is more likely to bite again.
Dog bite injuries can be extremely serious because many bites are to the face, causing infection, trauma and scarring. Wounds include cuts, lacerations, abrasions, crushing wounds or punctures. These wounds can result in fractured bones and/or disfiguring scars. Frequently surgical repair is needed, and eyesight or hearing is sometimes damaged permanently. Often there is emotional and psychological trauma for both the victim and the family member witnessing such a dog attack. Costs of treatment for the dog bites are often very high. Dog bite treatment can include emergency room visits, hospitalization, psychological treatment and plastic surgery.
Many states have laws that automatically hold dog owners liable for most dog bite injuries; however, New York does not — there are local leash and restraint laws, which differ from city to city. The state law also holds owners, keepers, or landlords liable if proper steps are not taken to prevent injuries caused by a vicious dog. This makes them accountable for injuries sustained if the dog was not properly secured on their premises or on a leash.
If you were injured or a family member was injured or killed by any animal, you may be entitled to damages for such medical expenses, in addition to reimbursement for lost wages and pain and suffering. A successful claim is usually covered by homeowners insurance.
Contact Our Syracuse, New York Dog Bite Lawyers Today
The attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP can help in Syracuse, NY and the surrounding areas. Our Syracuse personal injury lawyers work with accident reconstruction and economic experts to help prepare your case, and we give each client our full attention. We also provide assistance with other legal problems that arise during the pendency of the case.
Our aim is to provide quality legal services while treating each client with care and respect. If you or one of your family members has suffered a recent dog bite injury, contact our Syracuse injury attorneys toll-free or via our online contact form.
The New York communities we serve include, but are not limited to, Syracuse, Rochester, Watertown, Elmira and Binghamton.