If you were injured by a dog bite, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
A Hempstead dog bite injury lawyer from our team can protect your rights after you have been injured by a dog. The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can get started on your case today.
Why Hire a Lawyer?
After you are injured by a dog bite, you can hire your lawyer to fight for your rights and help you get compensation for your injuries. Our team can help you through every step of this process so you can focus more on your healing. Let us take over the rest.
Some ways a lawyer from our firm can help include:
- Gathering documents and reports from the incident
- Investigating how the accident occurred and the circumstances surrounding it
- Speaking with eyewitnesses to help piece together what happened
- Researching to determine whether the dog owner had prior complaints
- Consulting with dog training and medical professionals
- Determining who is liable for the injury
- Building a case against the liable party(s)
- Determining fair compensation based on your damages and injuries
- Filing a claim with appropriate insurance agencies
- Negotiating compensation with insurance companies
- Translating complicated legal terms or laws that apply to your case
- Keeping you up to date on what we are doing and the progress we are making
- Giving you advice on what actions you should or should not be taking
- Representing you in court (if your case ends up going that far)
These actions are just a few ways we can help you with your case. Each case is different, every person is different, and every injury is unique.
We will cater our services to fit what you need after this traumatic event. While you focus on recovering, we can take over the legal side of your injury, so you do not have to.
Compensation you could receive
If you are injured by another person’s dog in Hempstead, you could be entitled to compensation for damages. A dog bite lawyer from our firm can help you fight for compensation, which could include the following:
If you were bitten by a dog, your injuries could range in severity. You could be compensated for any medical expenses you have as a result of your injuries. This could include the emergency room visit, follow-up appointments, medical treatments, and surgery to repair the damage or to reconstruct damaged areas.
Lost Wages for Time Away from Work
Any time you are injured, you may need to take time off work to heal or receive treatment. You could be compensated for any time you have to take off work as a result of your dog bite injury. You should not have to lose income because of someone else’s actions or negligence.
There are many costs associated with an injury that people are not aware are compensable. You may be able to recover compensation for:
- The costs of getting to and from doctor’s appointments
- Parking at the hospital or doctor’s office
- The costs associated with renovating your vehicle or home if you now have a disability
- The costs of hiring someone to care for your children or to perform household tasks
- Any other costs you were not anticipating that are related to your attack
Pain and Suffering
Being bitten by a dog can be a very traumatic event. It can result in serious injuries as well as mental anguish. You could be compensated for the emotional and physical pain and suffering you endured due to the dog bite.
Loss of Future Earning Capacity
Depending on your career and your injuries, your job may be affected by your dog bite injuries. If you have to change careers as a result of your injuries, you may have to take a job that pays less than what you normally make. You could be compensated for the difference in salary.
A Decrease in Quality of Life
When you are injured by a dog bite, you can be left with life-long injuries and scars. This could affect your quality of life. While it may not have monetary value, you could be compensated for the decrease you may have in your quality of life due to your dog bite injuries.
We Can Demonstrate Liability for Your Losses
When you are injured by another person’s dog, you only have a certain amount of time to take action to get compensation for your injuries. As stated in New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CVP) §214, you have three years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit. However, there are certain factors that could potentially shorten this time.
In order to fight for your compensation, we first need to determine liability. Can the dog owner be held liable for your injuries? We have two options for holding the dog owner liable:
Establishing That the Dog Was Dangerous
If the dog has a history of vicious behavior, we can hold the dog’s owner liable for your injuries. To do so, we will need to investigate the dog’s history and search for prior complaints or bite reports.
Establishing That the Dog Was Not On a Leash
According to New York City Health Code §161.05, every dog owner must have their dog on a leash in public, unfenced areas. The leash needs to be six feet long or less.
The owner also needs to use the leash responsibly and be able to restrain their dog when necessary. If the dog attacks you because they are not on a leash or in a fenced area, the owner could be held responsible for your injuries.
Call Our Attorneys Today to See How We Can Help
The sooner you contact our firm after a dog bite in Hempstead, the sooner your injury lawyer can get started on your case. Our team at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP is here for you during this tough and complicated time in your life. Call (516) 358-6900 for your free consultation.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Hempstead, call 516-358-6900