Suffering a dog bite can be traumatic and serious. One of our lawyers serving Mineola can help you file a dog bite injury insurance claim or lawsuit for compensatory damages.
Why Hire a Lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP?
We understand the various dog bite laws that could apply to your case (some of these are detailed on the New York City Sanitation Department’s website). Additionally, we can handle your case in totality—you will not have to do anything.
Our team can:
- Valuate your injury-related losses
- Keep you updated from the beginning of your case
- Protect your rights and advocate for your interests
- Educate you about the insurance claims and the personal injury law processes
- Help you stay within the timeline imposed by CVP §214 for personal injury lawsuits
- File paperwork
- Stand by you in court, if necessary
- Communicate with all related parties, including the insurance company
We Know How to Find Proof of Fault
We can also collect evidence to support your testimony. This might come in the form of:
- Video of the accident taken from security cameras or social media
- Eyewitness accounts
- Your testimony of how you were hurt
- Photos of your injuries
- A journal that notes how you are healing
- Your medical receipts for prescriptions, treatments, doctor visits, psychological and physical therapy appointments, and any hospital visits you required (or will require)
- Descriptions and information about the dog, the location where you were injured, and the owner (if you saw them)
Proving Your Accident Occurred as a Result of the Dog Owner’s Negligence
Your injury could have happened because the owner did not keep their animal properly leashed. The owner could have known that the dog was a “dangerous dog” (as defined by AGM §123) and did not follow mandated regulations to keep the community safe.
There might have been a broken gate or leash that the owner should have known about in time to fix, but they did not. Perhaps you were injured on the sidewalk while the owner had their dog leashed, but the dog bit anyway.
A Mineola lawyer from our team will prove how you were hurt and who is responsible for your dog bite injury.
The Dog’s Owner Owed You a Duty of Care
In personal injury law, negligence is proven by displaying the following:
- The other party had a responsibility to keep you safe (duty of care).
- The other party violated this duty or responsibility (letting you get bit).
- This violation caused your injury (your dog bite wounds).
- This injury caused you losses (pain and suffering, medical bills, etc.).
Securing a settlement or judgment hinges on proving negligence. A lawyer from our team will focus on assigning fault and liability after they prove the dog owner’s negligence.
What to Do Immediately After Suffering a Dog Bite Injury
It is important to take quick action after suffering a dog bite. You should do the following:
Seek Medical Attention and Take Your Doctor’s Advice
If the bite is severe enough to need immediate medical attention, call emergency services to send an ambulance. If not, go to a hospital, urgent care center, or your doctor as soon as possible. This is important because dog bites carry bacteria, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) affirms.
It also creates documentation that can support your claim. If you wait to get treatment or ignore your doctor’s recommendations, your health could suffer—as could your claim. This is because the insurer could argue that you do not care about your injury because you did not seek prompt medical treatment.
Report the Bite
After you are well enough to do so, report the bite with all relevant parties. This could include:
- Filing a police report
- Filing a report with your apartment complex or Homeowners’ Association
- Filing an accident report, if the attack occurred while you were at work
Collect All the Evidence You Have
When you have taken care of immediate concerns after your injury, start putting all your related evidence in one place. This can make it easier for you and your legal team to pursue a fair financial award. You and your lawyer will have to spend less time hunting down evidence of your losses. Also, it helps you keep track of how much you have had to spend because of your injury.
Retain a Lawyer
Our team wants to help all injured New Yorkers in our service areas. You can place the duties of your dog bite case onto the shoulders of our team. We are ready to offer support and guidance. You are not alone, and you do not have to expend energy trying to fight for justice at this time.
We operate on a contingency-fee-basis
You do not have to pay us before we start working for you on your case. We take our fee from the award we win for you. This will be a percentage that we agree upon at the start of our working relationship and record in our hiring contract. If we do not win, you do not owe us.
Our Team Gets results for clients just like you
Our team has secured personal injury settlements for accident victims in the following amounts:
- $1 million for knee injuries, back injuries, and headaches after a vehicle accident
- $1.5 million for an elevator accident victim with knee injuries
- $750,000+ settlement for a man harmed by a truck accident
Our team handles many kinds of personal injury cases, including the following:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Construction accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Wrongful death
- Medical malpractice
- Defective drug injuries
We also take on cases farther out than the Mineola area. We serve New Yorkers in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties. One of our dog bite injury lawyers can take on your Mineola case for compensation.
Call the Attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP for More Information
Reach out to our team by calling (516) 358-6900. We have team members waiting to speak to you. Obtain a free consultation; you can tell us all about your situation and we can discuss how to help you. We cannot begin working on your case until we have a full understanding of how you were harmed.