Getting attacked and bitten by a dog can be a very upsetting experience that could cause severe, long-term injuries. That said, if you or a family member has been the victim of a dog bite, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention; and once that has been done, you should contact an experienced Chester, NY personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Dog bite laws can vary from state to state, but all states normally hold dog owners liable for the attacks of their dogs if they knowingly own a dog that has previously bitten someone or has shown a propensity to bite people. This has become known as the “one free bite” rule, because dog owners are typically protected from liability if their dog has never bitten anyone before or shown any tendency to do so.
However, a large number of states, to include California, have passed laws that hold dog owners liable for a dog bite attack, even if the dog has never bitten anyone in the past. This is known as strict liability. These laws eliminate the “one free bite” rule, because liability is based purely upon ownership, and it does not matter that the dog has not bitten someone previously or that the owner was unaware that the dog could be vicious.
You should also note that almost all states will deem someone liable if he or she orders a dog to attack another person. In those cases, the person ordering the attack could also be charged criminally with a battery.
If you need the services of a dedicated Chester, NY personal injury attorney, please call Michael Meth at (845) 469-9529.