Dog owners have responsibilities when it comes to their pets. They must maintain some type of control over them, whether it is by fencing them in, leashing them, or keeping them in the house. If the dog gets loose and bites someone, the owner is liable for the injuries the dog inflicts. The Law Offices of Jeffrey I. Amtman represents clients in the New York and New Jersey area who have been bitten by a dog or other animal and need legal advice. Contact our office to arrange for your free initial consultation.
If you are bitten by an animal, it is important to get medical care for your injury right away. If not treated, the bite could cause serious injury and in some cases even lead to death. After you have had the injury treated, you should speak with an attorney to see if you have a legal claim and if there are damages you are entitled to. In addition to receiving medical treatment, it’s important to determine the owner of the animal. Most states hold owners of animals liable for the injuries they inflict if their owner knew their animal had the tendency of biting or attacking a human. In many cases, the nature of an animal’s likelihood to bite or attack someone is implied.
There are many potential defenses animal owners will use if they are sued. Things such as adequate warning, and proper restraint of the animal if ignored by the person who was bit, could be effective defenses. Provoking the animal and ignoring posted signs could also be a defense. Our attorney understands these defenses and is able to prepare strategies and tactics which address these in order to achieve the results his client is seeking to achieve.
If you have been bitten by a dog or another animal, you may be entitled to recover damages. Our firm can assist you in helping you determine if you have a right to bring a legal action. Contact our office, to see if we can help you with your animal bite injury. We have offices in Englewood, New York City, and can be reached by phone.