Were you injured by a dog bite? You will need an experienced Buffalo personal injury lawyer by your side if you wish to receive compensation. Here is some information on the New York one bite rule.
New York One Bite Rule | What Is It?
New York State has specific legislation regarding liability in dog bite cases: the one-bite rule. This law dictates that a dog owner cannot be held responsible for her or his dog biting another human being unless the dog has bitten another person before. If it can be proven that the dog had a vicious propensity and that the owner knew of this propensity, the owner should have been more careful of the dog’s interactions with other people. Physical examples of the owner’s prior knowledge include “Beware of dog” signs and fitting the dog with a muzzle while walking in public.
New York One Bite Rule | After an Attack
In a situation where a dog is loose and encounters a person (knocking them down, biting or otherwise causing an injury because of the attack), the first thing to do is to seek medical attention. The hospital is going to ask you at that first visit if the dog that bit you had up-to-date shots, specifically rabies and distemper. If you are injured, but can gather information at the scene, get whatever information you can about the dog and its owner. The owner of the dog can be held responsible for injuries if it can be shown that the dog had a propensity for certain behaviors, and that propensity can be demonstrated in a variety of different ways.
New York One Bite Rule | Hire a Lawyer
At Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra PLLC, we diligently investigate the responsibility of dog owners and their landlords. Information regarding these dogs is critical to reaching successful verdicts in dog bite cases.
If you or a loved one is attacked by a dog, contact one of our experienced Buffalo dog bite lawyers for advice and strong representation immediately. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Never settle for less, find out what your case is worth!