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Elmira Dog Bite Lawyers

Dog bites can be frightening and cause serious injury – and they happen more frequently than you might think. In fact, the Center for Disease Control estimates there are nearly 4.5 million dog bite victims each year – and 34 fatal dog attacks in the United States during 2010 were fatal.

The New York Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP have represented many clients injured by dog bites. Our Elmira, NY personal injury lawyers know a serious dog bite can have a significant financial and emotional impact, and we work hard to recover the maximum compensation allowable by law.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of a dog bite in the Elmira, NY, area, call us or contact us via our online contact form.

New York Dog Bite Laws

Many states have laws that hold dog owners liable for any bites inflicted by their pets. However, there are no such dog-bite statutes in New York state law. Leash and restraint laws vary from city to city, and, as a result, many owners of vicious dogs are not penalized for their negligence.

The main avenue for legal compensation in a dog-bite case is to file a claim against the pet owner’s homeowner or renter insurance policy. Yet only 16,000 victims per year receive compensation from insurers in dog-bite cases, an unfortunate reality given the serious nature of dog-bite injuries.

Most dog bites are to the face, causing severe damage. Wounds resulting from dog bites may include:

  • Punctures, lacerations or abrasions
  • Broken bones
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Damaged eyesight or hearing
  • Trauma

Dog-bite treatment can be expensive; between the emergency room visit, conventional treatment and even plastic surgery and therapy, the costs can become difficult to manage. If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to file a claim for damages, including your medical expenses as well as any lost wages and pain and suffering. If your child was injured, you may be able to file suit on his or her behalf – and children are the most typically treated victims of dog attacks.

Contact Our New York Dog Bite Injury Lawyers Today

At The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, our firm works with experts to help prepare your case. We will evaluate the insurance policies of the negligent pet owner and also determine whether the owner was aware of the dog’s dangerous behavior; this is especially important if the dog has bitten someone before.

At The New York Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, we have helped victims of dog bites recover compensation for their injuries, both physical and emotional. Experience counts – our successful track record can help ensure that your case is treated with respect and that you receive the maximum damages allowable by law.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of a dog bite, call us or contact us via our online contact form for a FREE case review. We also serve clients in Syracuse, Watertown, Rochester and Binghamton.

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