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New York Attorneys for Dog Bite Lawsuits

Championing victims’ interests in the five boroughs

Each year, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs. Of those, 800,000 seek medical attention; half of them are children. Of those injured, about 16 die. Those figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are startling and paint a clear picture of a pervasive problem in our country.

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson is a leader in dog bite cases in New York City. Victims need compensation to pay for medical expenses. Our personal injury lawyers fights to ensure they receive it.

Dog bite liability laws

In New York, dog owners face what is known as strict liability. This means that if their dogs bite people or other pets, they must pay all medical or veterinary bills that stem from the incidents, regardless of their dogs’ histories or what the owners knew about their dogs. If a dog had a history of violence, the state’s “one bite” rule applies. Once a dog has bitten one-time, the owner can be on the hook for nonmedical damages, such as pain and suffering, if the dog attacks again.

Proving a dog’s violent past, however, is not always easy. A persistent premises liability lawyer can help document a case against the dog owner.

In some cases, damages are not recoverable. If the victim provoked the dog or touched the dog after being warned that it was dangerous, recovery is more difficult, if not impossible. Similarly, anyone trespassing on private property generally may not recover for injuries caused by a dog encounter. Our attorneys help determine if a victim was lawfully on a property.

Our attorneys work diligently to pursue compensation for:

  • A dog bite injury or fatality occurring on private property
  • Dog bites in public parks or on other public property
  • Attacks resulting from leash law violations or inadequate fencing
  • Injuries caused by escaped dogs
  • Infections and other post-bite complications

Pit bulls, Rottweilers and German Shepherds rank first, second and third, respectively, on the CDC’s list of breeds that caused bite-related fatalities between 1979 and 1998. Our attorneys pursue lawsuits against owners of those and any other breed that causes an injury or death.

Get a lawyer who stands up for you when dogs cause injuries

If you are bitten by a dog in New York, you are entitled to aggressive representation by a skilled attorney. Contact Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson online or at 888.746.8212 to discuss your case for free with a lawyer at our firm.


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