Tips for Avoiding Dog Bite and Animal Attack Injuries in New York
Dogs are one of the most common family pets, and people of all ages enjoy having a canine companion. The majority of pets are friendly and gentle, but there are some situations in which an animal may attack a person, whether that person is its owner or a stranger. A dog bite can not only be traumatizing, but it can result in serious injuries depending on the circumstances, such as the size of the animal. More than 4.5 million people suffer dog bites each year in the United States, and over 800,000 of these victims require medical attention. Dog bites can result in a wide variety of serious injuries, including infections, disfigurement, or disability.
Types of Animal Attack Injuries
Children have a higher chance of being bitten by dogs than adults. Because of a child’s smaller size and stature, their injuries can be severe. In addition to bruising, lacerations, and nerve damage, a dog bite or animal attack can spread germs and cause infections such as:
- Capnocytophaga bacteria
Safety Precautions When Encountering Animals
Dogs and other animals can be unpredictable. Therefore, it is important to learn what you can do to prevent a dog bite or animal attack. Follow common sense when you come into contact with an animal of any kind and be sure to take these safety measures:
- Do not assume a dog or any animal will not bite.
- Ask the pet owner if you can approach or touch the animal.
- Always allow an animal to see and smell you before petting them.
- Avoid stray animals that are not on leashes.
- Do not startle an animal when it is eating or sleeping.
- Carry repellent when going for a walk or a jog.
- Never run from a dog; stand still or back away slowly.
- Be aware of your surroundings, and do not let your guard down.
- Use a purse or backpack as a barrier in the event of an attack.
New York Liability Laws
Under New York law, the owner or caretaker of a dog that had previously been declared a “dangerous dog” is strictly liable for the victim’s medical costs. If a person is bitten by a dog that is not deemed a dangerous dog, or if a victim seeks to recover other types of damages, such as property damage, it must typically be demonstrated that the dog’s owner was aware of the dog’s dangerous tendencies or that the owner acted negligently, such as by failing to keep their dog on a leash or in a secure enclosure.
Contact a Brooklyn, NY Personal Injury Attorney
A bite from a dog or another animal can result in serious injuries, including disfigurement or life-threatening infections. If you or a loved one have been a victim of an animal attack, you may be able to file a personal injury claim and recover compensation for the damages you have suffered. Goldberg Sager & Associates have over five decades of experience advocating for our clients’ best interests. One of our skilled New York City dog bite lawyers will aggressively represent you to help you receive the compensation you need and deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 718-514-9516.