A dog bite may lead to infection, disfigurement, scarring, and permanent damage. The attorneys at Beck Law, P.C. understand the severity that dog bites may have on your life and we are here to help you through the process with care, professionalism and compassion.
Some states have adopted the a “one bite rule” if a person has been viciously attacked by a dog. This rule has been implemented to shield dog owners from liability if it was a first time occurrence. This rule does not apply in New York. Instead, New York adopted the “one bite rule” with a degree of “strict liability”. Here, the dog owner is liable for damages caused by the dog if the victim can prove that the dog is vicious and the owner knew or reasonably should have known of the dog’s dangerous tendencies.
Generally, once a victim can prove the above, he/she has the right to be compensated fairly and adequately by the dog owners insurance policy under the category of “personal liability coverage.” If your claim for damages is higher than that the dog owners personal liability coverage limit, then the dog owner can be held personally liable for the remainder.
SERIOUS INJURIES CAUSED BY DOG BITE ATTACKS
Infections. A dog bite can lead to dangerous bacteria that enters into your bloodstream. This may lead to life-threatening diseases and conditions that may impact you in the future. Dogs may also carry serious diseases such as rabies if they did not receive vaccinations.
Damaged nerves. Dogs have a propensity to bite with tremendous force, damaging nerves and tendons, which may lead to nerve damage, resulting in permanent loss of sensation. Damaged nerves can cause extreme pain that may linger for years after an attack.
Scarring. Depending on the force of the bite, you may suffer permanent scarring.
Disfigurement. After a dog attack, you may be facing permanent disfigurement that may transform your life. Children are particularly susceptible to disfigurement after a dog bite.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A DOG BITE ATTACK
If you’ve been attacked by a dog, here are some steps you should take immediately:
Seek Medical Attention:
After an attack, it is of the utmost importance to seek medical care immediately. Even a minor dog bite can lead to bacteria or rabies that may have long lasting effects. The physician will document your injuries from a medical standpoint which will strengthen your case.
Follow doctor’s advice:
Following your doctor’s orders will lead to a speedy recovery. During this time you should keep all of your bills and medical records so that they are available for your legal team.
Obtain all animal vaccination records:
You should try to obtain all of the information relative to the dog, including:
The dog’s owner;
Animal veterinary information and history;
The animal’s vaccination records.
contact us our experienced dog bite injury lawyers immediately.
CHOOSE AN EXPERIENCED DOG BITE LAWYER
If you or a loved one have been attacked by an animal, contact us an experienced Queens Dog Bite Lawyer at BECK LAW, P.C. at 516-388-7785 for a free consultation. We will help you assess the validity and strength of your claim for damages.