If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, you have legal options on your side. The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP helps people who have been hurt by aggressive dogs get compensation for their injuries.
A Glen Oaks dog bite injury lawyer can assess your case and determine what method of legal action could help you recover compensation. A dog’s owner can be held responsible for the losses caused by their pet––even if they took precautions to prevent an attack from happening.
Inform Our Legal Team of How You Were Injured
We are ready to take your call and explain your legal options. During your free, no-obligation case review, we encourage you to tell us everything about your accident, including where the incident took place, the type of dog that hurt you, and the severity of your injuries.
To begin, call our team today at (516) 358-6900.
Understanding New York’s Dog Bite Statute of Limitations
Most personal injury lawsuits in New York must be filed within three years from the date of the incident. This deadline may be subject to change based on your situation. In a severe case, your loved one may have passed away after being bit by a dog. Per New York Estates, Powers, and Trusts Law (EPT) §5-4.1, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file a lawsuit.
By delaying legal action, you risk having the statute of limitations expire on your case. You can take the first step toward seeking financial recovery by calling someone from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today.
Suing for the Physical and Psychological Impacts of a Dog Bite Injury
The Mayo Clinic reports that one of the most serious concerns that can arise from a dog or other animal bite is rabies. If a dog is not properly vaccinated, not only could the injured person get rabies, but they could also develop a life-threatening complication.
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) states that dog owners must have their pets vaccinated within four months of being born. However, not all pet owners uphold this obligation.
Additionally, an injured person could develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is a mental health disorder that can be caused by a traumatic event. A lifelong fear of animals can also result from a dog bite. The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can determine the extent of your dog bite injury and build your case accordingly.
Recoverable Damages in a Glen Oaks Dog Bite Injury Case
By calling our team today at (516) 358-6900, you can learn more about your legal options. One of the things that we can discuss during your free case review is the types of compensation we can help you recover.
We can help you recover compensation for the following:
This includes losses that can be verified with receipts, invoices, and billing statements. Following the incident, you may have required emergency medical care, medications, and treatment. You may have also missed time from work.
Our team can work to seek your compensation for these losses. Additional economic damages include loss of future earning capacity and the cost of mental health counseling.
Non-economic damages consist of losses that do not have financial values. Examples may include:
- Pain and suffering: Compensates you for the physical and emotional toll of your injuries
- Disability: If your injuries left you with a permanent impairment
- Disfigurement: If your injuries left you with scarring or another type of deformity
An attorney is ready to help you move forward with your life. You do not have to worry about calculating the cost of your damages with us on your side. Let us take on the legal process for you.
We Can Address Certain Challenges that Threaten Your Claim
Even the most straightforward cases present their own challenges. You may be concerned that your case is too difficult and that you cannot recover compensation. We do not shy away from a tough case. We enjoy taking on challenges that allow us to exercise our knowledge and resources.
Here are some examples of problems and their solutions:
The Dog’s Owner Denies Ownership
The dog’s owner may say that the dog did not belong to them. According to the City of New York, all dogs in the city must be registered and their owners must have dog licenses. If the dog’s owner denies ownership, we can look into the registration records.
If they had the dog in their possession but never had the animal registered, they could face penalties.
The Dog’s Owner Claims that You Provoked Their Pet
In an attempt to shift fault, the dog’s owner may say that you provoked their dog. We can fight against these allegations by interviewing witnesses to the attack.
Additionally, a dog’s owner can typically be held responsible for their pet’s actions no matter what. We may be able to determine that the dog acted aggressively in other situations and that the dog’s owner knew (or should have known) about their animal’s aggression.
The Dog’s Owner Says that You Were Not Hurt
Not all injuries show external symptoms. For instance, you may have been bitten by a dog, but the dog’s jaws did not break the skin. Still, you could suffer from internal bleeding.
By using your medical records, we can demonstrate that you were injured and incurred related expenses. We can also use statements from your doctors to disprove the other party’s accusations.
Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP to Learn More
A Glen Oaks dog bite injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation for a host of bite-related losses. To get started, all you have to do is give our team a call. Dial (516) 358-6900 to speak with a member of our team.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Glen Oaks, call 516-358-6900