Being attacked and bitten by a dog can be extremely traumatic, especially when it involves a large dog. These horrific attacks often result in plastic surgery, painful rabies shots, and psychological counseling to overcome a permanent fear of dogs.
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, New York law states that the dog owner is strictly liable for the victim’s damages, including pain and suffering, lost wages and all medical expenses.
In order to recover economic damages however, the victim must prove that the dog’s owner was aware of the animal’s prior vicious behavior. Only an attorney with experience handling dog bite claims can help you meet this requirement and build a solid case. The Bonfante Law Firm is a personal injury-only practice, and has successfully litigated many dog bite lawsuits.
Personal Injury Law Is All We Do: My professional calling is helping accident victims receive the justice they deserve. It is what drives me each day. I am singularly immersed in personal injury law and up to date on any changes in the law that will affect your dog bite case. In New York, the law that governs dog attacks is complex. There are many factors that determine whether the victim is entitled to monetary compensation. My wealth of experience in this area will ensure that you get the maximum amount possible for your case.
One-On-One Consultation: We will meet in person in one of my three convenient office locations. If you are in too much pain to travel, we can meet in your home, hospital room, or rehab facility. We will discuss the facts of your particular case in detail and discuss all available options. I will be the lawyer you see on day one and the lawyer that is by your side all the way thru the conclusion of your case.
Prompt, Exhaustive Investigation: My team and I will review accident reports, dispatch our investigators to interview eyewitnesses, and take their statements surrounding the attack. We will hire any experts required to proving your case. We will also identify the responsible parties and locate any homeowner’s insurance coverage applicable to your case so that we obtain the maximum amount of money possible for your pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, medical bills, lost wages and out of pocket expenses.
Aggressive Representation: I will negotiate with the other side when it is in your best interest, or fight them in court, all the way to a trial by jury if necessary to deliver the justice you deserve.
Insider Knowledge of Big Insurance: I started my career working for a major insurance company. My knowledge and experience will work to your advantage. I know exactly what to do in order to head off the insurance companies’ attempts to minimize, deny, or destroy your claim.
You’ll Always be Treated Like a Person, Never Just Another File: I will return your calls personally. I will take the time to explain everything in a clear, concise way; I will listen to your questions and concerns. You will be made to understand what’s happening with your case every step of the way.
Being attacked and bitten by a dog and the aftermath can be extremely traumatic. It is important that you remain calm and take the proper steps.
Call 911 or your local police precinct and report the attack right away.
Describe any pain you are experiencing in detail to the first responders, such as the police or EMS workers. Be as descriptive as possible, without exaggerating your symptoms.
Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who may have witnessed the attack.
Find out the name and address of the dog’s owner(s).
If you have not already done so, get to the nearest emergency room right away. It is important that you be examined and the appropriate tests taken to determine the full extent your injuries.
See your family doctor and get referrals to the appropriate specialists (i.e. orthopedist, neurologist, chiropractor, physical therapist, etc.). Your doctor can also write prescriptions for any pain medication you may need.
Have diagnostic tests such as X-Rays, MRI’s, and/or CT-Scans, performed. Your doctor(s) can prescribe the appropriate test(s) based on your symptoms and their examination of you.
If you are unable to work due to your injuries, get a letter of disability from your physician(s) or chiropractor.
Keep track of any time missed from work as a result of your injuries, as well as your lost wages
Document any out-of-pocket expenses you incur, such as co-pays, deductibles, durable medical equipment, and/or transportation to doctor appointments.
Keep a log or journal to record the dates of your treatment, the specific body parts that hurt, as well as the frequency and severity of your pain.
Make sure to take several good quality color pictures** of the wounds caused by the attack; these include any gashes, open wounds, puncture marks, scars, stitches, and/or staples.
Take color pictures** of any fences and/or “BEWARE OF DOG” signs at the home where the dog lives
**If you use a cell phone to take the photos, be sure to save them on a computer immediately.
THINGS TO AVOID
Do not leave the scene of the accident until you have contacted the police and they have responded.
When asked how you are feeling, DO NOT SAY THAT YOU ARE “FINE”, or “OKAY”.
Do not speak to anyone about your case until you CONTACT US. I will explain the options available and advise you as to which strategy is best suited to your particular case.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES SIGN ANYTHING, including any accident or incident report(s) prepared by someone else. It is okay to make out an incident report stating your version of the attack, as long as you save a copy.
Do not discuss your accident or injuries with private investigators or representative(s) from any insurance company.
Do not allow anyone to take a recorded statement from you until you CONTACT US.
NEVER ADMIT FAULT. Under no circumstances should you ever apologize or take responsibility for the happening of the accident.
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