When a person is bitten by a dog in New York, they do not automatically have a case. First, they have to prove that the dog that bit them had what is known as “vicious propensity.” This means that the dog has previously been known to have vicious or violent tendencies towards other dogs, humans or animals. They may have previously bitten someone, often growl at others, or gotten into fights with other dogs/animals. This shows that there are a number of reasons that this dog may be a danger to those around it.
Being attacked by a dog can be a very scary situation and result in life-long trauma and anxiety as well as serious injury. If vicious propensity can be proven, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and for your pain and suffering. In order to prove that a dog has a vicious propensity, you may have to conduct an investigation with anyone that may come in contact with the dog. This can include family members and friends of the owner, neighbors, and even the mail carrier or FedEx person.
Certain locales in New York are also privy to a theory known as breed-specific legislation. This means that the towns that have this type of legislation restrict ownership of pit-bulls or even partial pit-bulls. If you are bitten by a pit-bull in a location where this law exists, you may be entitled to receive compensation.
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