Animal bite injuries are a major issue in New York. Dog bites are the most common animal-related injuries. New York does not require you to prove the negligence of the owner. The state requires that you prove that the dog has a history of violent tendencies. This is called “vicious propensities.” It is difficult to prove, but not impossible. Through a thorough investigation, including interviews with neighbors and exploring any record of other claims related to the dog. If the dog owner’s neighbors knew of a history of violence tendencies, they might be able to support your claim that this animal didn’t just have one isolated incident. If others have filed claims against the dog, you may have even further support, making your claim look even more valid. If you can prove vicious propensity and knowledge of that on the part of the owner, you probably have a case and you may be able to recover damages.
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