An Increase in Dog Bite Attacks in New York City
Many of us are dog lovers. Unfortunately, there are always a few dog owners out there who are not responsible keepers of their pets. Nearly 1 out of every 5 people bitten by a dog will require medical attention (American Veterinary Medical Association). Even with responsible owners, sometimes accidents just happen. Even those who are well-intentioned may find themselves in the situation of their dog biting someone. In the last few years in NYC we have seen an increase in the incidence of dog bites, especially dogs biting postal workers.
In addition to trauma, dog attacks can cause severe and even fatal injuries. Recently in Iowa a man was viciously attacked by a dog while protecting his daughter from the dog. The daughter survived the attack, but the father did not. And in Utah, a 4 year old child had his hand bitten off entirely by a dog. These are not isolated incidents – dog attacks happen every day across the US, in Brooklyn and throughout the New York metro area. The CDC reports that there are over 4.5 million dog biting incidents a year across the nation. One third of home owners insurance liability claims are because of dog-related incidents.
Why Dogs Attack
There are various reasons that a dog will bite: the dog may feel threatened or scared, or feel stressed in some other way, or the dog may have the perception that it needs to protect its owner. Another sobering fact – a quarter of dog attacks resulting in death were perpetrated by chained dogs. In New York, a dog owner doesn’t necessarily have to be negligent in order to be held responsible when their dog bites someone and causes personal injury. Whatever the reason a dog attacks, and whether they are chained up or fenced in or not, you may want to consider getting compensation for your injuries.
At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates we have helped victims of dog bites and other animal attacks for many years now. We know that it can be a traumatic, painful and expensive shock for many. That’s why our dog bite lawyers are here to help you navigate the process of getting the compensation you deserve. There is a statute of limitations on how long you have to file a dog bite claim in New York, so please contact us today at 718-407-4123.