According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than half of the households in the state of New York own a pet and nearly a third of them have a dog. Most dog owners are responsible people who train their animals to be friendly and sociable. They keep their dogs contained when they aren’t on a leash and prevent them from doing damage to other people’s property or persons. These dogs welcome a friendly pat on the head from a stranger and can brighten our day. Unfortunately, this isn’t true for every pet or every pet owner. Some dogs are allowed to run free and may pose a danger to others when in public. If the owner knew that their animal posed a risk to the public and allowed them off leash or un-muzzled, they are strictly liable for the damages associated with any injuries that their dog causes.

The Terrible Cost of a Dog Bite

Dog bites can cause severe injuries and even death. Dog bites should receive medical attention, not only because of the injuries but because of the risk of serious infection. The cost of treating a dog bite isn’t cheap. The victim could be facing tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs. Some insurance companies estimate that the average cost of a dog bite is nearly $40,000. In most cases, the victim of the attack was simply trying to pet the dog or prevent it from doing harm to others. That’s a steep bill to be left holding for trying to interact with an animal that shouldn’t have been allowed in public unrestrained in the first place.

The costs don’t stop there, either. Many victims of dog bites require ongoing physical therapy in order to recover from their injuries. They might need plastic surgery to mask the damage. They may even need to miss work while they recover. All of these situations require time and money, and when you add it all up, it’s no wonder that the victims of dog bites can be quickly overwhelmed at their physical pain and financial distress. It isn’t right, and we can help you find relief from your dog bite injuries.

We Offer Free Dog Bite Lawsuit Consultations

Don’t allow someone’s pet to increase your financial burden as well as your pain. If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite, you deserve to seek compensation for your injuries. That’s why you should call the law offices of Girvin & Ferlazzo, P.C. as soon as possible after the attack. We’ll help you determine whether or not you have a valid case under New York law, and if you do, we’ll begin the process to seek damages. You’ll be able to focus on recovering from your injuries while our team handles your case. You can schedule your free consultation with our team by calling us or contacting us through our website today.