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Injuries Resulting from Animal Attacks

NYC lawyers on your side when pets go wild

An attack by any animal can be terrifying and can result in devastating, even fatal injuries.

Most animal attacks involve dogs, but adults and children in New York often become victims from other types of domestic animals and wild animals kept as pets. Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson has seen injuries from cats — large and small — ferrets, birds, reptiles and monkeys. Our lawyers make certain that victims obtain full and fair compensation for injuries caused by any animal attack, including:

  • Minor bites — Approximately 90 percent of dog bites result in injuries that have no lasting physical effects. They cause bruising and break the skin and require minimal treatment.
  • Serious or severe bites — As many as ten percent of dog bites are single or multiple deep bites that require stitches or surgery, or minor bites that become infected.
  • Fatal bites — While rare, deadly animal attacks are gruesome and alarming and capture the public’s attention.

The severity of a bite is one of a host of factors that affect the amount of damages a pet owner’s insurance company is willing to pay or the amount awarded by a judge or jury. Factors considered include:

  • Viciousness of the attack
  • Extent of the injuries
  • Age of the victim
  • Resulting physical pain and suffering
  • Length and amount of medical treatment required
  • Economic hardship or financial loss
  • Decreased earning potential
  • Physical impairment
  • Permanent disfigurement

An experienced personal injury lawyer can best estimate the value of your claim. Depending on the facts of the case, fair compensation usually covers medical bills and may be awarded for lost wages or income, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering.

Animal attacks fall under New York’s premises liability laws. A lawyer from our firm who is experienced in handling personal injury claims is a superb resource for information, advice and advocacy if you have been injured by an animal. We vigorously represents dog bite and animal attack victims throughout New York City’s boroughs.

Retain lawyers skilled at establishing liability for animal bites

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson employs time-tested strategies to investigate and pursue claims for injuries caused by animal attacks. For an outstanding law firm, contact us online or at 888.746.8212. We discuss your case with you for free.


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