It’s not the size of the dog; it’s the size of the bite of the dog
Even a bite from a small dog can cause emotional and physical scars, and bites from a larger dog can result in death. Typically, a dog owner can hold responsibility for the actions of their dog. If you or a loved one is the victim of a dog bite, try to obtain the contact information of the dog’s owner, and find out if the dog has received its legally-required immunizations. After visiting an emergency room or doctor to receive treatment, schedule a free consultation with our firm to determine if the dog’s owner was negligent in their responsibility.
A minor injury from a dog bite can often be covered by filing an insurance claim against the dog owner’s appropriate insurance policies, but more serious injuries with larger costs of medical bills, lost wages or permanent disfigurement may warrant pursuing an on out-of-court settlement or litigation. Call us today at 845-600-0000 for a free consultation to learn about your options.
What injuries get caused by dog bites?
Infection of the wound site
Fractured bones and sprains
Emotional or psychological trauma
Soft tissue and muscle damage
What’s the statute of limitations for a dog bite personal injury lawsuit in New York State?
Whether you’re in Kingston, NY or Poughkeepsie, the statute of limitations is three years; however, it’s advised that if you’ve been injured in a dog bite accident because of another party’s negligence, that you contact us as soon as possible at 845-600-0000 for a free consultation.
How can Mainetti & Mainetti, P.C. win a dog bite lawsuit?
The #1 factor to winning a dog bite personal injury lawsuit is proving the dog’s “vicious propensity.” We’ll interview the dog’s neighbors, people in the community, the waste removal people, mail workers, and contact animal control to see if there’s any history of the dog getting loose and biting someone.
Other factors for proving a vicious propensity:
- If the animal was trained as a fighting or junkyard dog
- “Beware of dog” signage does not protect owners from liability
- Dog breed is not a factor
- If it can be proven that a dog kills cats or squirrels, or if they’ve attacked other dogs (beyond just “dogs being dogs” scraps)
Contact us at 1-845-600-0000 to talk about your case right away.
We’ll discuss your legal options and schedule a free consultation at our offices conveniently located in Kingston or Poughkeepsie.