Experiencing a dog bite can be difficult. In addition to your injury’s impact, you may also suffer other hardships due to the incident. We want to help.
If a dog bite injured you or someone you love, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses. A Levittown dog bite injury lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can help you recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call (516) 358-6900 to learn more about how we will fight for you and to receive your free consultation.
How Dog Bite Law Works in New York
New York has laws about dogs that are meant to protect public health and safety.
Dangerous Dog Laws
Dogs that bite should be reported. That way, the court can begin to classify them as dangerous dogs. Dangerous dogs and their owners are subject to different regulations than dogs that have never bitten.
Dangerous Dog Hearings
Once reported, a hearing will be held where a judge will decide if the animal meets the definition of “dangerous.” If it does, then the judge may advise that the dog be euthanized, or the owner may be allowed to keep the dog under certain circumstances (such as strict confinement).
Liability Insurance for Dangerous Dogs
Under the dangerous dog law New York Agriculture and Markets (AGM) §123(2)(e), owners of dogs that have been legally declared dangerous are required to carry liability insurance. This is meant to compensate dog bite victims in the event the animal attacks someone. Your lawyer can advise you about how dangerous dog liability insurance can impact your pursuit of compensation.
Recoverable Damages in Dog Bite Cases
When a dog bites you or your loved one, you can recover damages for your injuries. These are typically divided into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic Damages in Dog Bite Cases
The economic damages that you may be able to recover through a personal injury lawsuit are meant to cover your financial losses due to your injuries. For example, your medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning potential all fall into this category.
Your medical bills can include past expenses from treating your injuries, as well as expenses you will incur in the future. Some injuries can develop into chronic conditions or may fail to fully heal. Your Levittown dog bite injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for future medical treatment in these circumstances.
Some medical treatments and services that economic damages may cover include the following:
- Doctors’ visits
- Hospital visits
- Specialists’ visits
- Physical therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Prescription costs
- Home-based care
- And anything else necessary for your recovery
If your injuries make it difficult or impossible for you to work, you can also recover economic damages to compensate you for your lost wages and lost earning potential. If your injuries require that you take a lower-paying job, you can also potentially recover compensation for the resulting wage gap.
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages do not come with a bill already attached. Nonetheless, these intangible losses can take a toll on your happiness, changing the way you go about your life.
You deserve compensation for your physical pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Your lawyer will fight for these non-economic damages on your behalf.
Contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP Today
Get in contact with our team today to learn more about our firm and what we can do for you after getting bitten by a dog.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we value communication and openness with our clients. Instead of playing phone tag with your lawyer or trying to sort through paperwork and bureaucracy on your own, let us handle the headaches for you while keeping you in the loop about your case.
We give each client and case personal attention; you will never be just another case number for us. We care about our clients and their families, as well as our Long Island community. During these difficult times, lean on us and spend your energy and time on what matters: your recovery.
Statute of Limitations in Dog Bite Cases
According to New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CVP) §214, you generally have two years from the time of the dog bite to bring a civil lawsuit. This means that the sooner you call, the sooner your lawyer can get started fighting for compensation on your behalf.
Call an Attorney Today for a Free Case Evaluation
To receive your free consultation and learn more about how a Levittown dog bite injury lawyer can help, call today at (516) 358-6900. Your first call is free, and your time is limited, so call now.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Levittown, call 516-358-6900