Kingston Attorneys Helping Victims of Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
The personal injury attorneys at Basch & Keegan have represented many people injured by dog bites and animal attacks in Kingston, Ulster County, and throughout Hudson Valley. Sadly, it is children who are often the victims in these cases – with many suffering disfigurement, scarring, and emotional trauma. Some even lose their lives. We help families obtain fair compensation in these devastating circumstances, exploring every option for maximum recovery.
We hold dog owners liable for injuries caused by their animals.
In most cases, dog bites can be blamed on irresponsible dog owners rather than bad dogs. Humane societies have found that dogs who have not been properly socialized, who are not supervised or safely confined, who have not been spayed or neutered, or who receive little to no attention are those most likely to bite a person. Dog owners may also create aggressive and fearful dogs by playing attack games or encouraging biting behavior – such as baring teeth or snatching toys.
While it may seem obvious that dog owners should be held responsible for the actions of their dogs, in New York, a dog owner is only liable for his or her dog’s aggressive behavior if:
- the dog had the dangerous tendency to bite people; and
- the dog owner knew (or should have known) this.
With these two requirements, winning a personal injury claim can be particularly difficult for dog bite victims who do not obtain adequate representation. Basch & Keegan have successfully handled dog bite cases, despite the strictness of the law.
Protect your rights after suffering a dog bite.
After suffering a dog bite, you need to take steps to protect your legal rights (or the rights of a child or loved one). First, identify the dog with the dog license information if possible, and get the dog owner’s name, address, and insurance information. Take photos of the bite marks, as well as bruises, bloody or torn clothing, and any other evidence of the attack. In addition, get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any potential witnesses.
Next, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney experienced with handling animal attack cases as soon as possible. Working with fresh facts and evidence greatly increases your chances of building a successful claim.
If you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite or animal attack in Greene, Dutchess, or Ulster, or any surrounding county, contact Basch & Keegan today for a free initial consultation. We’ll come to your home or hospital room if you’re unable to travel.