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Injured by a dog and your right to file a civil action

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Dog Bites

Whether you have been around dogs your entire life or have spent little time around domesticated animals, the reality is that they are animals and can be unpredictable. Owning a dog is a major responsibility. A dog owner in New York and elsewhere is tasked with caring for the health and wellbeing of their dog; however, they are also responsible with ensuring those that encounter the dog, intentionally or not, are also safe.

Even when it is unknown that the dog has dangerous propensities or makes attempts to flee from their property, a dog owner could be held liable for any harms the dog causes another directly or indirectly.

Injured by a dog

At Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP, our law firm understands that a dog bite or an injury caused by a dog can be a painful, emotional and complex matter. The damages and losses can be extensive, and our experienced attorneys use their knowledge and skills to calculate these losses, helping to make them whole.

Furthermore, our legal team understands that injuries caused by a dog can be a unique situation. A victim may not understand the extent of their injuries or the full picture when it comes to cause and liability. Thus, our law firm works diligently to uncover all the details to ensure your rights and interests are protected.

Civil action

Whether it was an unprovoked bite on or off the property of the dog owner or an accident caused by a dog at large, an injured victim has the right to file a civil action. A personal injury claim could help establish the cause of the injury, whether the dog has a history of this conduct and any factors relating to the negligence of the dog owner. Furthermore, this information, along with the extent of the injuries and losses suffered, could help with the recovery of compensation.

A dog bite or an injury caused by a dog can have lasting mental and emotional impact long after their injuries have healed. As such, it is important to understand your legal options and your right to hold a negligent dog owner liable for the injuries and losses suffered.