A dog is man’s best friend…or so the saying goes. But animals, even someone’s beloved pet, can be unpredictable at times. Statistics show that about 850,000 individuals in the U.S. come to hospital emergency rooms each year after being bitten or attacked by a dog. Many are seriously injured and literally scarred for life. These same records show that approximately two dozen individuals die each year in the U.S. because of dog bites or attacks. Sadly, about two-thirds of these victims are children.
Dog owners are given the important responsibility of keeping their animals in control at all times. When an owner fails to do so, they are considered negligent and may be held responsible for the negative actions of their dog. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a vicious dog attack, New York dog bite lawyer, Harley Fastman, can provide the legal assistance you need to bring the animal’s owner to justice.
With few exceptions, laws state that the owner and/or caretaker of a dog is liable if that dog bites a person. As such, dog owners should be diligent in doing what is necessary to keep others safe, especially if the dog has exhibited aggressive tendencies in the past. That means the dog should always be on a leash when walking or should be securely tethered while on the owner’s premises or any other property. Hence, when these actions are not carried out, these are considered violations of animal control laws.
New York dog bite lawyer, Harley Fastman, knows the particulars of state animal control laws. Our staff also takes the time to study additional local laws, gather witnesses, and interview experts in conjunction with each dog attack case that comes through our doors. Every case, regardless of the extent of the injury, gets plenty of personal attention from our trained staff of personal injury paralegals and legal assistants, all of whom have extensive experience in dealing with insurance companies and other individuals traditionally involved in such cases.