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Most of us are dog lovers. They are kind, loyal, and nearly always aim to please. However, if you are someone who has recently been attacked by a dog in New York, you are most likely now seeking compensation. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced New York personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What should I do if I am bitten by a dog?

If you are bitten by a dog, the first thing you should do is call the police, who will also send an ambulance to transport you to a hospital for medical treatment. From here, you should take pictures of your injuries, and also ask anyone who saw your accident for their contact information so they may verify your claim at a later date. Also, ensure you get the dog owner’s information so you know who you are filing your claim against. Finally, retain the services of a personal injury attorney who can fight for the compensation you need to heal.

What are New York’s laws for dog bite injuries?

Every state has unique laws pertaining to dog bite injuries. In most cases, however, in New York, the dog’s owner is generally the party responsible. In New York State, if you were bitten by a dog, you will have to prove that negligence on the owner’s part caused your injuries. As long as you can prove as much, you should qualify for compensation. That being said, if you were bitten by a dog that was not on a leash and not on the owner’s property, you will, in most cases, be able to sue that dog’s owner for negligence. However, if, by some chance, the dog’s owner can prove that you provoked the attack, either by trespassing, teasing the dog, or another reason, you may not be able to sue.

Keep in mind that as with all other personal injury claims, you must file yours within the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years. Do not wait any longer than three years to take legal action, for if you do, you will most likely be barred from suing. No matter your circumstances, if you have been bitten by a dog, please do not hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable Westchester County personal injury attorneys today.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.