Long Island Dog Bite Lawyers

With over 400,000 dog-owning homes on Long Island, it’s not uncommon to encounter dogs on a regular basis in both Suffolk and Nassau County. Despite most dogs being well-trained and friendly, a dog could attack at any moment. With over 4 million US citizens attacked and injured by dogs every year, it’s important to always practice caution around dogs whether they’re familiar or not.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, contact the Long Island dog bite attorneys at The Barnes Firm. Our experienced team of attorneys will evaluate your case for free, investigate the unique circumstances of your individual case, and advise you on next steps to take with your accident claim. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE consultation.

Do I Need a Lawyer After an Animal Attack?

In the aftermath of an animal attack, it’s crucial to prioritize your health. Seeing a medical professional and focusing on recovery is very important. While you recover, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced Long Island dog bite lawyer at The Barnes Firm to handle the legal aspects of your case. When you hire The Barnes Firm, you will receive an experienced attorney who will:

  • Evaluate your case, free of charge.
  • Thoroughly investigate the details of your accident.
  • Gather photo and video evidence, police reports, and witness statements.
  • Address any questions or concerns you may have at any time.
  • Help you navigate the legal process.
  • Advise you on steps to take following the accident.
  • Prepare and take your case to trial, if necessary.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog bite attack, don’t hesitate to contact The Barnes Firm. Our team of Long Island dog bite attorneys is here to help you get the best result possible. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 and find out what your case is really worth.

New York State Dog Bite Laws

In New York State, dog bite laws combine the one-bite rule with limited strict liability.

One-Bite Rule

According to the one-bite rule, dog owners in New York State are generally not held accountable for injuries caused by their dogs biting someone if there was no prior indication of aggression or a tendency to attack.

Limited Strict Liability

Under limited strict liability, if a dog owner knew or reasonably should have known that their dog was prone to biting or had attacked or bitten someone before and was labeled as a “dangerous dog” as a result of a previous attack or bite, they can be liable under the “dangerous dog” provisions in New York. This makes the dog owner liable for all the victim’s medical and veterinary expenses. Additionally, if a dog bite victim can prove that the dog’s dangerous behavior was known or should have been reasonably known by the owner and the owner neglected to take action, they may also be able to collect additional damages including pain and suffering.

Dog attacks can be complex cases and it’s crucial to have an experienced dog bite lawyer on your side to help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. At The Barnes Firm, our experienced team of Long Island dog bite attorneys have a thorough understanding of New York’s dog bite laws and over 100 years of combined knowledge to construct a strong case on your behalf. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 and find out what your case is worth.

Common Long Island Dog Attack Injuries

Dog attacks can result in various injuries, ranging from minor lacerations and bruises to broken or fractured bones and severe infections. Our Long Island dog bite accident lawyers have found that the most common dog attack injuries result in:

  • Emotional or psychological trauma
  • Infections
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Bruising
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Puncture wounds

It’s critical that you prioritize your health and see a medical professional as soon as possible following a dog bite accident. Once evaluated by a medical professional, don’t wait to call The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000. Our Long Island dog bite attorneys will be by your side from the initial consultation all the way to the final settlement.

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What Should I Do After Being Attacked by a Dog on Long Island?

If you have been attacked by a dog, it is important to take certain steps to protect your health and legal rights, which include but are not limited to:

  • Seek Medical Attention. Your health and safety should be your top priority. Even if the injuries seem minor, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Dog bites can easily become infected and may require medical treatment.
  • Identify the Dog and Its Owner. If possible, try to identify the dog that attacked you and its owner without getting near the dog. Get the owners contact information and any information about the dog, such as breed or size. This will be important for future legal proceedings.
  • Gather Evidence. Take photos of your injuries, the location where the attack occurred, and any visible signs of negligence, such as broken fences or lack of proper restraints. This evidence can be crucial in building your case.
  • Report the Attack. Contact local law enforcement or animal control to report the dog attack. They can document the incident and take appropriate action, such as issuing citations or quarantining the dog.
  • Gather Witness Statements. If there were any witnesses to the attack, ask for their contact information and statements about what they saw. Their testimonies can provide additional evidence to support your case.
  • Preserve Evidence. Keep any clothing or personal belongings that were damaged during the attack. These items can serve as evidence of the severity of the attack and can be used to calculate damages.
  • Contact a Dog Bite Attorney at The Barnes Firm. It is important to seek legal representation from an experienced dog bite attorney as soon as possible. They can guide you through the legal process, help you understand your rights, and work to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.

What Compensation Can I Receive After a Dog Attack?

Recovering compensation can be a very complex process following any type of personal injury case. After a dog bite attack, the severity of your injuries and damages, as well as the unique circumstances surrounding the accident can all influence the amount of compensation you may receive. Our Long Island dog bite attorneys have handled numerous dog bite cases, and have successfully recovered compensation for the following damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost earnings
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more…

Contact an Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer Today

At The Barnes Firm, we understand how traumatizing dog attacks can be for victims and their families. From suffering physical injury to emotional damage, victims of these attacks deserve justice.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a dog bite attack, don’t hesitate to contact The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000. Our Long Island dog bite attorneys are ready to answer any questions to you have and will fight hard on your behalf to help you get the best result possible.


Our team of experienced dog bite lawyers at The Barnes Firm proudly serve Nassau and Suffolk Counties including: Amityville, Bay Shore, Bellport, Bethpage, Brentwood, Commack, Deer Park, Farmingdale, Farmingville, Floral Park, Freeport, Garden City, Hauppauge, Hempstead, Hicksville, Huntington, Jericho, Kings Park, Lindenhurst, Long Beach, Medford, Melville, Mineola, Montauk, North Haven, Northport, Oceanside, Oyster Bay, Port Washington, Ronkonkoma, Seaford, Shirley, Southampton, Stony Brook, West Babylon, West Islip, Westbury, Yaphank, and more….

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