Can I Sue a Dog Owner For an Attack in New York State?

Dogs are perhaps one of the best-natured animals in the world, and many of us love them for it. However, there are times where owners fail to adequately train their dogs, causing them to become truly vicious. If you have been bitten by a dog, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Please read on and reach out to our experienced New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Can I sue a dog owner for a dog bite in New York?

If you have recently been bitten by a dog and are looking to sue, you must hire an attorney who can first determine that the dog owner is truly liable for your injuries. Generally, in New York State, as long as you can prove that you were either lawfully on the dog owner’s property at the time of the attack, or that you were randomly attacked by a dog, unprovoked, in public, there is a very good chance you will qualify for financial compensation. That being said, if the dog owner believes you are partly responsible for the attack because you were either trespassing, teasing the dog, or otherwise, you may not be allowed to sue. Once your injuries are treated at a hospital, ensure you speak with an experienced New York City personal injury attorney who can gather all the evidence needed to prove your personal injury claim.

How long will I have to sue a dog owner for an injury in New York State?

Every state has a statute of limitations in place when it comes to filing personal injury claims. The term “statute of limitations,” rather simply, refers to the amount of time you will have from the date of an injury to take legal action against the party responsible. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is, generally, three years, which provides you three years from the date of the dog bite to take legal action against the dog owner. Though many people wait to sue and hope their injuries heal naturally, we cannot advise you do so, for if you wait past the statute of limitations, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. We are ready to begin the claims process as soon as possible.


At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice and personal injury claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of negligence. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award.聽Contact our firm today.