According to FindLaw, thousands of Americans have suffered from animal attacks or bites each year. Most animal attacks in New York involve dogs. Victims may be able to collect damages from the party held responsible or the animal's owner in a civil lawsuit. If you have suffered from an animal attack or bite, a NY personal injury lawyer may advise you to:
- Seek medical attention first; then
- Find out who is the legal owner of the animal;
- See if there might be other potentially responsible parties; and
- Learn what damages you may be entitled to recover.
An animal bite may have a disease that could potentially cause serious infections and injuries or death if not immediately treated by a physician. After medical treatment, you can find out who owned the animal that attacked you. Under a theory of strict liability, an owner is held legally accountable for an animal attack, even if he or she tried to protect others from the attack or had no reason to believe the animal had a dangerous propensities.
Other instances where someone other than the animal's owner could be held liable for an animal attack include animal keepers, property owners, landlords, and the parents of minors who own the animal. Once you've determined who is responsible for the animal, a NY personal injury lawyer can help establish whether you may be entitled to recover potential damages. Depending on the severity of the injury from the animal attack, you can generally recover damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Property damage, and
- Lost wages.
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