It’s hard to escape the countless stories about dog attacks lately. With an apparent increase in this type of attack, what happens when the owner leaves the scene and tries to avoid accountability? Not only does it become difficult to hold them responsible, but it also leaves other people at risk of suffering the same fate too. Holding owners accountable, therefore, is the right thing to do. Whether you are looking for justice or seeking compensation, the following advice will point you in the right direction.
What Are the Responsibilities of a Dog Owner?
The law around dog attacks is not an exact science. However, there are some things that dog owners are legally expected to do. For example, if you were bitten while petting a dog and the owner was aware of prior aggression, they are obligated to provide a verbal warning of this. If they did not, the consequences can be devastating for the victim and the owner has not upheld their duty of care. The same is true of ensuring a leash is worn in public areas at all times if there is any risk of a dog becoming out of control or hurting someone.
How to Prove Accountability
There are a few things that you can do to support your claim that a dog owner was negligent in their responsibilities. Firstly, collect evidence from neighbors, visuals, and observations. If there are any signs on the property, for instance, that suggest the dog could be vicious, like the classic ‘Beware of the Dog,’ then this will be taken into consideration. There is also a case if the dog has shown previously aggressive behavior either to yourself or other people, and this can be supported through witness statements.
When It’s Not Their Fault
There are limited circumstances when a dog owner is not liable for their animal attacking someone. This could be during a physical assault if the dog was reacting to being hurt or their owner was in danger, for instance during a home invasion. It may also be hard to determine if the owner took due care and attention to forewarn the victim that the dog was aggressive and might bite them, but they proceeded to attempt an interaction regardless. In these circumstances, there will likely be a counterclaim.
What to Do If You are Bitten
If you have been bitten and you think the owner should be pursued, then get in touch with Cassisi Law Firm, an expert in all matters of dog bite related incidents. We will talk you through all of the options, give you legal advice about the viability of your proposed case, and help you bring accountability where it is needed.
Dog bites are harmful both physically and mentally. When one takes place, it is only natural to want to know what your options are in terms of moving forward. Legal advice and representation will help you find a path towards healing and secure the justice you desire. Take the first step and visit Cassisi Law Firm today. You can find our offices with the information below:
10208 101st Ave Ozone Park, NY 11416
Call now for a free consultation on (718) 441-5050