New York City Dog Bite Lawyers

The frequency of dog bite attacks in the New York City is quite high, with over 5,000 bites and attacks reported annually in what seems to be a growing trend in the Big Apple. It’s important for New York City dog owners to be mindful of their dog’s behavior, as it’s equally important for individuals to always act cautiously around unfamiliar dogs.

If you or a loved one were injured by a dog attack, contact The Barnes Firm and ask to speak with our team of experienced New York City dog bite lawyers. Our team of trusted attorneys will investigate your case and help you navigate the legal process. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation and find out what your case is worth.

Do I Need a Lawyer after a Dog Bite Accident?

Following a dog bite accident, you may be left injured and overwhelmed. At The Barnes Firm, we understand how upsetting dog attacks can be for victims and their families. While you and your family prioritize recovery, The Barnes Firm is here to help you navigate the legal process. When you partner with an attorney at The Barnes Firm, you benefit from the decades of experience the team of attorneys bring to your case to help you get the best result possible. If you’ve been attacked by a dog, contact a New York City dog bite accident lawyer at The Barnes Firm to discover the true value of your claim and advise you on what legal action to take.

New York State Dog Bite Laws and Liability

In New York State, dog bite laws combine the one-bite rule with limited strict liability. Under the one-bite rule in New York State, dog owners are typically not liable for dog bite injuries if they had no prior reason to believe that their dog would act aggressively. However, if the owner knew or had prior knowledge of their dog’s aggressive behavior or the dog had attacked or bitten someone before, they can be liable under New York’s “dangerous dog” provisions.

If a dog has been previously identified as a “dangerous dog,” New York imposes strict liability on the dog owner, who then becomes liable for the victim’s medical and veterinary expenses. However, for other damages, such as pain and suffering or lost wages, the victim must:

  • Prove that the dog had a dangerous demeanor that the owner knew or should have known about.
  • The owner’s failure to recognize and properly handle their aggressive dog resulted in injuries to the victim.

In addition, New York’s Agriculture & Markets Code section 123 addresses the civil liability of dog owners when their dogs cause harm. If a dog is classified as “dangerous,” its owner is responsible for injuries caused to people, livestock, or companion animals. “Dangerous dogs” are defined as those that attack and injure without justification or exhibit behavior posing an imminent threat of serious harm. Dog owners of “dangerous dogs” are strictly liable for medical bills, regardless of precautions taken, while other damages require proving negligence. For instance, property damage claims necessitate demonstrating the owner’s failure to prevent the incident.

If you have been bitten by a dog in New York City, it is important to understand your rights and the legal options available to you. The New York City dog bite lawyers at The Barnes Firm have extensive knowledge of New York State dog bite laws and can help you navigate the legal process. If you’ve been injured by a dog bite attack in NYC, call us today at (800) 800-0000 and find out what your case is worth.

What Causes Dogs to Bite?

Experts say the most common reason a dog bites is possessiveness. Dogs will often protect objects and places they consider their territory from unfamiliar people. These objects and places can include a toy, food, or even another dog or human. Common factors that contribute to dog bites include:

  • Provoking a dog
  • Trespassing on private property
  • Dogs without a leash
  • Irresponsible dog owners
  • Interrupting a dog while eating
  • Petting an unfamiliar dog

Note that other factors may contribute to dog bites. Despite certain breeds being more notorious bite offenders than others, all dogs can attack or bite anyone, anywhere. Weighing on the side of caution, being aware of dogs around you, and always asking an owner’s permission to interact with a dog are all important to being safe around dogs.

Who is Most Prone to Dog Attacks in NYC?

Certain demographics are more prone to dog attacks than others for various reasons, including:

  • Children, mainly those under the age of 10, who can unintentionally provoke dogs with their behaviors.
  • Elderly people can be attacked and severely injured by dogs, as their weakened reflexes and bodies can’t react quickly enough to flee or fend off an attacking dog.
  • Postal workers and delivery personnel are sometimes required to enter private property to do their jobs. In doing so, they have an increased likelihood of encountering dogs that can attack.
  • Joggers and cyclists make fast movements that may trigger dogs to act aggressively and attack out of defense or agitation.
  • Dog owners are constantly at risk of being bitten, as dogs can attack unpredictably. Owners are at even further risk of being attacked if they neglect to properly train their dog or are unaware of their dog’s aggressive behavior.
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What Should I Do After an Animal Attack in New York City?

To ensure the preservation of evidence and safeguard your legal rights after a dog bite or dog attack in New York City, it is crucial to follow these steps:

  • In cases requiring immediate medical attention, dial 9-1-1.
  • Document the incident scene thoroughly, gathering essential details such as the dog owner’s information, statements from witnesses, and capturing photos and videos of the accident scene.
  • Report the attack to New York City animal control to ensure proper documentation and investigation.
  • Seek prompt medical attention to assess and address any injuries sustained from the incident.
  • Consult with a New York City dog bite attorney at The Barnes Firm.

If you or a loved one has suffered any type of injury as a result of a dog attack, contact our team of experienced New York City dog bite lawyers at The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000.

What Damages Can I Recover From a Dog Bite Claim?

If you’ve been attacked by a dog in New York City, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Our team of personal injury attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Property damage
  • And more…

The amount of damages you can claim from a dog bite accident varies and is dependent upon the unique circumstances of your individual case. Our New York City dog bite lawyers will thoroughly investigate every aspect of your case and devise a legal strategy to help you get the best result possible.

Call The Barnes Firm After a Dog Attack

At The Barnes Firm, our personal injury attorneys specialize in dog bite cases and can provide you with top-tier legal advice and representation. We will review the details of your case, gather evidence, and guide you through the legal process every step of the way. If you or a loved one were injured during a dog attack or suffered a dog bite, don’t hesitate to call The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000 today.  It could be the best call you make.


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