Was There a Beware of Dog Sign?
Can I Lose My Dog Bite Case if There Was a Beware of Dog Sign?
A common concern among dog bite victims is that receiving prior warning about the presence of a vicious dog on a property renders their cases invalid. This is not the case, at least in New York State. There are jurisdictions in other states throughout the country where a “Beware of Dog” sign or a similar written warning on a property could preclude people from then making a claim for a recovery.
As stated above, in New York State, it must be substantiated that a dog has a vicious propensity. What better way to show this by simply stating that the dog owner him- or herself has put out a sign that notifies passersby about the hostility of the dog? This indicates that the owner has knowledge of the dog’s vicious propensity. Even if there is a “Beware of Dog” sign, we still need to show that there was a vicious propensity prior to the attack. Nevertheless, by no means does the placement of the sign on the property preclude us from being able to recover in the event someone is attacked by a dog.