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Dog Bites in New York State | Who is Liable?

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Dog Bites in New York State | Who is Liable?

There are few things more frightening than being bitten by a dog. Fortunately, if you are someone who has recently sustained serious injuries in a dog attack, there is a very good chance that you qualify for financial compensation. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about dog attacks in New York, how we can help you if you have been injured in one, and what the claims process ahead looks like. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Can I sue a dog owner if I am bitten by his/her dog?

If you are looking to sue someone for a dog bite, you will have to hire an experienced New York City personal injury attorney who can satisfy the burden of proof. This is oftentimes far easier said than done, as you will have to prove that at the time of the attack, the dog owner did not have control of his or her dog. Furthermore, you will need an attorney who can prove that you were injured by the dog either while you were lawfully on the dog owner’s property or while you were in a public place. Additionally, you should note that if you provoked the attack in some way, such as by teasing the dog or trespassing on the owner’s property, you may not have a claim.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State?

If you are someone who has been wrongly injured, you may wish to wait to see if your injuries heal on their own before taking legal action against the liable party. While this is completely understandable, we must advise against it, as there is a statute of limitations in place that dictates the amount of time individuals have to sue, and if you wait too long, you will most likely be barred from suing. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is, generally, three years, you will, generally, have three years from the date of your incident to sue. Our firm is ready to help you through every step of the claims process ahead–all you have to do is ask.

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