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Dog Bites

Dog Bites

New York Dog Attacks

Handling dog bite injury cases

The attorneys at the law firm of Rubenstein & Rynecki have more than three decades of experience helping victims of dog bites pursue compensation to cover the full expenses related to their injuries.

The underlying causes

Each year, approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States, with about 800,000 bites requiring medical attention. In about 66 percent of the cases, victims were on or near their own property, and most knew the dog. Although public opinion blames certain breeds — such as pit bulls and Rottweilers — a study conducted between 1979 and 1998 revealed that the 238 U.S. fatalities related to dog bites involved at least 25 different breeds.

In rare cases, victims may be liable for accidents, such as when they conduct criminal activities on private property protected by a guard dog. But in the majority of cases, dog owners bear responsibility for their dogs, even if the victim might have prevented the incident by avoiding a dog or knowing how to properly approach it.

What to do in the event of a dog bite

Even a relatively minor bite can become a vital medical concern due to the possibility of disease. If the owner is present, you need to obtain contact information, and try to ascertain whether the dog received all legally-required immunizations. Also obtain tag numbers, if feasible. See a doctor as soon as possible to assess your injuries and start treatment.

Then, schedule a free consultation with an experienced New York dog bite lawyer at Rubenstein & Rynecki to learn about the most appropriate legal options for your circumstances. If your doctor confirms that you have only minor injuries, we may recommend you file an insurance claim against the policy of the dog owner. But for moderate to severe injuries, you may need our skilled support to take legal action through an out-of-court settlement or a lawsuit.

Get support from an experienced New York lawyer

If you suffer a dog bite injury in New York, it costs nothing to schedule a free consultation with an injury lawyer at Rubenstein & Rynecki to discuss your case and learn how we can help. Representing victims since 1972, our firm has the experience, skills, and resources needed to help you pursue the monetary damages you deserve. No recovery, no fee. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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