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What Happens if I Am Bitten by a Dog in New York State?

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What Happens if I Am Bitten by a Dog in New York State?

Though most of us go through life without ever meeting a truly vicious dog, let alone being attacked by one, there are those unfortunate enough to experience a dog attack. If you have recently been bitten by a dog, you must read on and reach out to our experienced New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about how we can help you through the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I sue a dog owner for an attack?

To sue a dog owner for a dog bite, you will have to prove that the dog owner is responsible. Generally, if you were attacked by an unleashed dog in a public place, meaning that the dog owner did not have control over his/her dog, there is a very good chance you can sue. Additionally, if you are bitten by a dog while lawfully on the dog owner’s property, you may also have a valid lawsuit against that dog owner. However, dog owners are allowed to challenge your claim, and if they can prove that you were teasing the dog, trespassing on their property, or otherwise provoked the attack, you may not be able to sue them. After receiving medical treatment, it is critical you retain the services of a knowledgeable New York City personal injury attorney who can gather and present evidence on your behalf to satisfy the burden of proof and win you your rightful compensation. Our firm can help you do so.

How long do I have to sue after sustaining an injury in New York?

Every state has a statute of limitations in place for those who have been wrongly injured. The phrase “statute of limitations,” rather simply, is the amount of time people have to take legal action against the party responsible for their injuries. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State is, generally, three years, you will, generally, have three years from the date of the incident to sue. That being said, it is always best to file sooner, rather than later. If you wait any longer than three years, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. We are ready to begin the claims process on your behalf as soon as you ask.

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