Pet owners have a responsibility to take care of their animals. Whether it’s a cat or a dog, they must make sure that their pets are getting the best treatment possible. Dog owners have to make sure their dogs are being fed and walked the proper amount. Not only do they care for their needs, they play with their dogs as well. When playing with their dogs, it is important that they do not allow vicious behavior from their pet. If pets continue habits of vicious behavior, they can become very dangerous. They could possibly even harm another individual. When pets harm another person, their owner is responsible. If you have been harmed by a dog bite, seek our legal counsel to provide you with the best way to receive justice.
How do I seek liability?
The state of New York has laws relating to harmful dog bites. Their law states that the owner of the dog is held liable for only medical costs associated with his or her dangerous dog’s action. Under this law, the dog needs to be proven to be dangerous. This may be more difficult to prove if you are not aware of the dog’s history. The rule of strict liability also only applies to medical damages from an injury. Due to this, you may not be able to seek damages relating to emotional turmoil or pain and suffering.
Since New York does not have strict laws relating to pet attacks, it may be best to seek legal counsel. The law is somewhat mixed. It can be hard to understand and has technicalities that need to be proven. With this in mind, an attorney can better help you reach a favorable outcome.
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What can I receive if the owner is found liable?
If you can prove that the dog has a history of being violent or harmful, then you may receive compensation. However, this compensation may only be for your physical harm from the injury. It may only cover your medical bills. In order to gain compensation for your pain and suffering, you may acquire the help of an attorney to assist you in building a case. Sometimes a premises liability claim can be filed against the landlord. However, this can only be made if it is known at the time of filing that the animal had a tendency to attack.
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