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Protecting New York Animal Bite Victims

Dogs are wonderful additions to the lives of individuals and families. They provide loyalty, companionship, and unyielding affection to their owners. Unfortunately, some dogs are brought up poorly or untrained. People often say that there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. Whether this is the case or not, it is the owner who is responsible for the behavior of their animal.

Unfortunately, not every dog owner knows how to properly train an animal or don’t even try to tame them. When an owner acts negligently, a dog has the potential to cause serious harm. Dogs have powerful jaws that can rip flesh, damage nerves and tendons, leaving lasting effects on a person. If you or someone you know has been injured by an unruly animal, contact The Law Office of Raji S. Zeidan, PC, for a consultation.

Vicious Propensity

New York State is somewhat unique in its stance on dog bite cases. In order to take legal action against a negligent dog owner, you must prove that the dog has a vicious propensity. This means that a dog has a documented history of violence or aggression. This is not easy to establish. It takes an in-depth investigation, including interviews with neighbors and a look into previous records of complaints or injury claims. Once vicious propensity is established, you may pursue monetary compensation for your injuries.

After An Incident

If you are bitten by a dog, it is important to collect evidence of the incident. If you need medical help, seek medical attention. This act will establish that your injury is serious and the general time and place the injury occurred. If you are able, collect information about the dog and its owner, including the breed of dog and if the shots are up to date. Regarding the owner, it is important to get contact information, including their name and address. If anyone witnessed the bite, it is important to collect their contact information as well. If you cannot act for yourself, contact our firm to come to the scene and act on your behalf.

Contact The Law Office of Raji S. Zeidan, PC

Our firm understands the devastation a dog bite can have on a person. Serious injuries can impact a person’s life and future immensely. If you have been injured by an unruly animal, it is important to consult with an attorney to discuss your matter. Our firm will investigate your situation, walk you through your legal matter, and effectively represent your needs. For a consultation, contact The Law Office of Raji S. Zeidan, PC by calling 845-233-6704 or filling out our online contact form.