New York City has lots of people, and lots of dogs. Usually, Man and Man’s Best Friend get along fine. Occasionally, a poorly trained or unsupervised dog can bite. And while “Dog Bites Man” is not headline news, the bite can cause problems: severe injuries, including an infection, or the need for stitches or even plastic surgery; all possibly causing losses in the form of missed work or medical payments.
The law in New York provides that the owner of a dog is usually responsible for any damages that arise from their dog biting someone. In most cases, finding a New York dog bite lawyer to handle all the legal proceedings is the best way to get compensation for mental or physical anguish, as well as medical expenses or out-of-pocket losses resulting from a dog bite. Finding a lawyer that specializes in cases dealing with personal injury or medical-related issues should be done relatively quickly after the bite has occurred in order to successfully resolve the case as quickly as possible.
In a recent case involving a 7 year old boy who was knocked off his bike and bitten several times by a german shepherd-type dog caused uproar in the boy’s community. The child suffered multiple bites on his back and buttocks; his doctors are hopeful that he will heal well. Even so, the boy still suffers from the frightening attack.
How a New York Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help
In some cases, the dog owner, or their insurance company, may want to settle out of court to put the case behind them. A good New York dog bite lawyer can help negotiate a fair settlement package that will probably end up awarding the victim close to the same amount of money they might get from a jury’s verdict, but without the hassle of the court proceedings and the unpredictable nature of a decision by a judge or jury.
If the case does goes to trial, both sides will present their evidence, ultimately resulting in a binding decision as to how much money, if any, the dog owner would owe the victim. An experienced dog bite lawyer can help insure that the dog owner’s insurance company is responsible for payments to the victim, known in a lawsuit as the plaintiff.
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If you are the victim of a dog bite, it is extremely important to get a lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney in New York can get the ball rolling on a settlement almost immediately. Call Peters Berger Koshel & Goldberg, P.C. at 1-800-836-7801 for a free consultation from an experienced attorney.