If you or someone you love suffered a dog bite injury, then you may be entitled to seek compensation for your medical expenses, missed wages, and emotional anguish. A Babylon dog bite injury lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can help you fight for damages after you are bitten by a dog.
Losses You Can Recover in Dog Bite Injury Cases
Depending on the details of your case, you could recover two forms of losses after a dog bite injury—economic damages and non-economic losses. Economic losses cover your past and future financial losses due to the attack and your injuries. This includes things like the following:
- Hospital bills
- Surgery costs
- Medication costs
- Physical therapy expenses
- Medical equipment
- Other out-of-pocket costs
- Lost wages
- Wage gap if your injuries require you take a less well-paid job
- Reduced earning capacity
- Burial costs if you lost a loved one to a dog bite injury
- And any other financial impact due to your dog bite injury
If you lost a loved one to a dog bite injury, then you can also recover losses for their funeral and burial expenses, medical costs, and more. Non-economic losses, on the other hand, are meant to compensate you for your intangible losses and harms. This includes your pain and suffering–including physical, mental, and emotional suffering.
What our Team of Attorneys Can Do To Fight for You
A Babylon dog bite injury lawyer from our team will look into the circumstances surrounding your injury and assess who was responsible for the attack. Then, we will collect evidence and compile a case in order to seek reimbursement for your losses.
We will Gather Evidence to Prove Liability
When you are attacked by a dog, there may be more than one party at fault for the incident. In some circumstances, the dog owner is responsible for their animal’s attack. In other cases, the property owner could be responsible. In some cases, the property owner and dog owner are the same party.
After we investigate the specifics of your case and gather evidence, we may be able to advise you about whom you should sue to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We will Negotiate With Insurance Companies
Next, we will negotiate with insurance companies for a settlement. In some cases, an insurance company may try to offer you a lower settlement than you may deserve.
We will fight for your fair compensation–nothing less. We will use the evidence we have collected as well as our experience and knowledge of the law to seek the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.
We Can Take Your Case to Court
If the insurance company won’t agree to fair compensation, then we will take the fight to the courtroom. We will present your case to a judge or jury and let them decide.
Sometimes insurance companies will want to settle once they see that your lawyer is willing to take your case through to a verdict. Either way, we will advise you in your decision to settle or wait for a verdict.
You Can Get Started With our Team For No Up-Front Fees
Many may wonder how they will be able to afford attorney’s fees. However, you don’t have to pay anything upfront in order to work with us. We work based on contingency fees.
This means that:
- You owe us no out-of-pocket costs in order to get started with your case
- We only receive payment when and if you get paid
- Our payment comes as a percentage of your final settlement or award
- We agree on this percentage when we begin your case, so you know what to expect
We want you to be able to move forward without worrying about your legal fees. We only win if you do.
Dog Bite Injury Law in New York
Here is some information to help you understand how New York law may impact your dog bite injury claim.
Dangerous Dog Law
According to McKinney’s Agriculture and Markets Law §123-a, certain dogs can be designated as “dangerous” after they display aggression or threaten to attack others. This is a legal designation that impacts the way the dog’s owner takes care of their pet. They may be compelled to take precautions to prevent attacks, and if they fail to do so, they may be liable for the injuries their dog causes.
If a dog owner has an animal who is known to be dangerous, they may be expected to carry liability insurance in the event of an attack.
Contributory Negligence Law in Dog Bite Injury Cases
Even if you think you may have contributed to causing the attack, you can still seek a financial recovery for your injuries. According to New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CVP) §1411, you can still file a personal injury lawsuit and seek compensation. However, the amount you are owed may be affected by the proportion of responsibility you hold for the attack. Your Babylon dog bite injury lawyer from our team can help you better understand how contributory negligence law may impact the damages you can recover through a lawsuit.
Don’t Let Your Time Run Out
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we give every client the personal attention and care they deserve. We want to be here for you in this difficult time, protecting your rights while guiding you in the steps of pursuing the compensation you need after you are bitten by a dog.
The statute of limitations is running, so the sooner you call, the sooner we can get to work on your case. According to CVP §214, the statute of limitations on bringing a personal injury lawsuit is generally three years following the incident, so call now.
Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today
We are ready to get started helping you and your loved ones reclaim your lives. To receive your free consultation and to find out how a Babylon dog bite injury attorney can help you, call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today at (516) 358-6900.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Babylon, call 516-358-6900