Dog bites can result in infections, pain, and emotional trauma. If the dog was not properly vaccinated, the risk of rabies could pose a threat as well. If a dog bit you or a loved one, you could have the basis of a personal injury case.
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP helps people who have been bitten by dogs. Our team understands the impact that these incidents can have on an injured claimant’s life. While you tend to your health or nurse a loved one, our team can build a personal injury case on your behalf. A Garden City dog bite injury lawyer can serve as your advocate as you move forward with rebuilding your life.
We offer free initial case reviews to prospective clients. Dial (516) 358-6900 to speak with a member of our team at no charge today.
Recoverable Damages in a Dog Bite Injury Case
When calculating the value of your damages, our law firm will first consider the cost of your medical bills. Depending on the specifics of your injury, you may have needed stitches, antibiotics, and other forms of treatment to address your condition. Our team can include these costs in your claim.
Your injury may have also caused you to miss time from work. Again, our team can include these losses in your claim for compensation. If your injury is expected to have a long-lasting impact on your earning power, you can include the cost of reduced future earning capacity in your case.
Other recoverable damages in your dog bite injury case may include:
Pain and Suffering
Your dog bite injury may have resulted in significant physical pain and emotional turmoil. As a result of the incident, you may have developed a fear of dogs. You may be unable to go about your day-to-day life without confronting certain triggers. Your lawyer can evaluate the nature of your injuries and determine what monetary value covers your pain and suffering.
Your injury may require you to attend physical therapy. For instance, suppose you were bit by a large dog that did not let go of your hand. In addition to a puncture wound, the bite may have separated your ligaments from the bone. To regain a full range of motion in your hand, you may need to attend physical therapy. Your lawyer can fight to have the costs associated with your rehabilitation included in your case.
Mental Health Counseling
As noted, being bit by a dog can result in mental health complications, like post-traumatic stress disorder. If you need to see a therapist to address your anxiety or depression, again, these costs are compensable.
This is by no means meant to serve as an exhaustive or complete list. Your Garden City dog bite injury lawyer can examine the facts of your situation to determine what monetary value reflects your losses. You can get in touch with the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP by dialing (516) 358-6900.
Liable Parties in Your Dog Bite Injury Case
Dog bite cases can become complicated––especially if you are unable to locate the dog’s owner. Still, in this instance, you have financial recovery options.
You may be able to hold one of the following parties liable for your injuries:
The Dog’s Owner
You may be able to pursue compensation from the owner of the dog. New York law states that in the event of a dog bite, the dog’s owner is strictly liable for any damages. This means that your lawyer does not need to prove negligence. Rather, they only need to prove that a dangerous dog bit you.
A Government Entity
Suppose that you were bitten by a stray dog that was roaming about your neighborhood. In this situation, you could possibly make the case that you were injured because Animal Control did not capture the dog.
A Pet Store Owner
Some pet stores allow customers to freely interact with the animals that are for sale. You may have been bit by a dog that was at a pet store. In this instance, if you were not warned of an animal’s aggression, you could sue the pet store’s owner.
There could be other parties responsible for your dog bite-related injuries.
How Your Garden City Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Can Help You
The cost of legal representation does not have to be among one of your concerns after being bit by a dog. When you partner with the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we offer our help on a contingency-fee-basis. You do not have to pay us anything in order for us to start working for you and your family. We take a percentage of your settlement or court award as payment for our help.
Now, you may be wondering what a lawyer can do for you.
A lawyer from our firm can:
- Determine fault and liability for your damages
- Calculate the cost of your injury-related expenses
- Negotiate for a settlement
- Consult with your doctors regarding the nature and severity of your injuries
- Gather evidence to support your case
- Bring your case to court, if necessary
Your lawyer can also explain how New York’s statute of limitations, otherwise known as NY Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214(4), applies to your case. Because you may not have a long time to act, consider reaching out to the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today.
Call Today for a Free Case Review
A lawyer can serve as your advocate while you recover from your injuries. When you call our team today, we can determine whether you have a viable case and explain how the claims process works. To get started, call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP at (516) 358-6900.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Garden City, call 516-358-6900