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When Man’s Best Friend Becomes Your Enemy: Dog Bite Law in New York

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You were playing with a friend’s dog when suddenly, the canine bit you. Or, maybe you were walking your dog when another dog attacked him. You ended up getting bit. No matter what the situation, you’re wondering how you can cover the medical bills you had to pay following the accident.

Here’s some more information on dog bite law in New York.

The Ins and Outs of Dog Bite Law

Section 121 of the New York Code dictates that the dog owner who has a “dangerous dog” is responsible for paying your medical bills. The owner is responsible if they did not use reasonable care to prevent their dog from biting you. If they know their dog bit someone else, they must warn others about their dog.

Filing a Claim for a Dog Bite

You’ll need to file the claim for your dog bite within three years of the date when the injury occurred. However, it’s better to do it sooner rather than later so that you can get the ball rolling. You may forget some crucial details if you wait too long.

Defenses for Dog Owners

If you provoked the dog that bit you or you own a dog that bit someone, there are certain defenses that could apply. For instance, if someone was trespassing on your property and your dog was protecting it, then you may not be held liable for the bite. If your dog was abused or assaulted, was protecting its puppies or you, or bit because they were in pain, then you might not be responsible either.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

Contact the personal injury firm Gash & Associates if you need representation after experiencing a dog bite. We assist clients throughout Westchester County, and the best part is, we provide a free consultation. Get in touch today at (914) 328-8800.