Can I Sue After a Dog Bite Accident in New York?

Can I Sue After a Dog Bite Accident in New York?

When people bring a dog into their family, they are often loved so much that they are considered a member. It is because of this that they are referred to as “man’s best friend.” While these animals are usually fun-loving, they can also be dangerous if they are not trained properly by their owner. Dog bites and attacks can cause serious injuries to happen to other people. It is because of this that those who are injured by a dog bite may be able to pursue legal action against the dog’s owner for negligence. In doing so, it is important to reach out to a skilled New York personal injury attorney for assistance building a case.

How Do I Know if I Have a Lawsuit?

Pet owners are responsible for the actions and behavior of the pet. It is because of this that they can be held liable if they have a dog that hurts someone. Generally, a person that is injured in a dog attack can recover compensation from the owner if they can prove they were attacked on public property or while lawfully on private property. While this is true, it is important to understand that a lawsuit may not be possible if the injured party was trespassing on the owner’s property or provoking the dog. 

How Can I Win My Lawsuit?

When pursuing legal action against a dog owner, the injured party must prove that they were negligent in training their dog. This can be done by showing the dog had a violent nature that directly caused their injuries. In order to do this, the injured party can look into the history of the dog with an attorney to discover if there were any claims made against the dog in the past for violent and dangerous behaviors, such as other attacks. 

What Other Evidence Do I Need?

In addition to proving a dog has a violent history, there is other evidence that can be useful in court to prove negligence.This can include the following:

  • Security footage of the accident if it happened in a public place
  • Police reports from the accident
  • Medical documentation of the injuries
  • Witness statements to verify the claim

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At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!