syracuse-dog-bite At Greene & Reid, our Syracuse dog bite lawyers know and understand New York dog bite law and are prepared to fight for your rights, whether that means settling your claim outside of court or proceeding with a trial.

At Greene & Reid, our personal injury lawyers know and understand New York dog bite law and are prepared to fight for your rights. New York State can hold the owner of a dog liable if the owner knew or had reason to know of the dog’s vicious propensity.

Ideally, after a New York dog bite, you should seek medical care for the injuries and report the event to a local animal control agency or the police. After seeking medical care and making the report, be sure to get copies of your records and the written report. These documents will be needed when you talk with a personal injury lawyer.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Over 4.7 million people are bitten each year in the United States.
  • Approximately 16 people die annually from dog attacks.
  • Most dog bite victims are children

Is The Owner Responsible?

Various laws are in place in the United States to determine the liability of dog owners for injuries inflicted by their pets, according to the Information Institute. New York does not have a dog bite statute, per se.

New York State can hold the owner of a dog liable if the owner knew or had reason to know of the dog’s vicious propensity.

This can be shown a number of ways:

  • The dog has bitten before.
  • The dog is kept chained or confined in a way that indicates the owner knows it is dangerous.
  • There is a “Beware of Dog” sign posted.
  • The owner warns guests and visitors to be careful and keeps the dog in a gated area.
  • The dog is in violation of a local leash law ordinance and causes injury.
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