A dog is a wonderful addition to the family. Dogs are loyal, loving, and protective. When a dog is poorly trained, it can lead to disaster. They can become unruly, dangerous beasts with the tendency to be unpredictable. When a dog becomes a hazard, it is the responsibility of the owner to make sure they take precautions that serve the safety of the public. Dangerous dogs in public are a problem. If an owner knows that the dog is a danger, he or she should be sure to secure the dog on a leash, keep the dog away from others, and in some cases, muzzle the dog if brought to a busy and bustling place. Dog bites can cause serious harm. Some dogs have the ability to tear skin, tendons, and do permanent damage to nerves and muscle tissue. Dog bites can leave a lasting effect on a person from mounting medical bills to overwhelming physical burdens that can impact a person’s ability to make a living. If you have been injured by a dog bite, you have a lot to consider about your legal options. If you need our legal services, contact The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish.
What do I do if I am bitten by a dog?
A dog bite injury case can involve a range of injuries and severity. It’s important to get medical treatment immediately after the dog bite. Another thing you can do is talk to the owner and any witnesses. You should get the name and contact information from the owner. You should also get information related to the dog. You should find out what kind of dog bit you and if the dog is current on its shots. You need to find out if the dog had its vaccinations before seeking medical treatment so that you can get the proper medical attention. Talk to witnesses. Collect their contact information so that if you need others to confirm the incident took place, they will be able to support your claim.
Taking Legal Action
In New York, you do not have to prove the negligence of the owner. You need to prove that the dog that caused the injury had vicious propensities and that the owner was aware of it. This will require investigation. How do you prove vicious propensities? One way is to investigate by asking the neighbors questions about the dog and the owner. Another way to investigate for vicious propensities is to look for records that would show other claims relating to that dog. If you can prove vicious propensity and knowledge of that on the part of the owner, you may be able to recover damages in court.
Contact a law firm that will fight for your interests in White Plains
The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish offers clients in White Plains, The Bronx, and Westchester County with quality legal services related to personal injury cases. If you were bitten by a dog and you believe that the owner knew about the dog’s tendency for violence, you may have a valid case and recover damages for your injuries. If you need passionate representation with a history of proven results, contact The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish.