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Is the Owner Liable in a Dog Bite Lawsuit

NYC and Brooklyn Dog Bite Injury Lawyers

A dog bite can cause serious damage, including broken bones, lacerations, scarring, nerve damage,
infections, and more. In New York, the law declares dog owners responsible for preventing their dog(s)
from harming others. Failure to do so can incur a lawsuit.

New York is a strict liability state regarding dog bite cases. This means dog owners are responsible for
any damages their dog causes. This is true regardless of whether the owner was negligent or not. In
other words, if a dog bites someone, the owner is liable even if they took precautions to prevent it.

However, there are some exceptions. If the victim was trespassing on the owner's property or provoking
the dog, the owner may not be liable. Additionally, if the person was engaged in a dog-related service
such as grooming or veterinary care, the owner also might not be held accountable.

If you were bit, seek immediate medical attention. Even if the bite does not appear to be serious, it’s
important to have it checked to ensure that there are no underlying injuries. Afterwards, it’s vital to
gather as much information as possible. Information such as contact information of the owner, the dog's
vaccination status, and any history of aggression are important.

If you are considering filing a lawsuit, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
The Licatesi Law Group is here to help determine and negotiate fair compensation on your behalf for
your injuries. If you or a loved one received a dog bite, call us at (516) 227-2662 and ask to speak with
one of our accomplished personal injury attorneys.

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