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New York Dog Bite Lawyer

New York Dog Bite Lawyer


New York’s dog bite statute, N.Y. Agriculture & Markets § 123, implements elements from both major theories of liability for dog bite cases: strict liability and the “one-bite” rule. Generally, a dog owner is strictly liable for medical costs resulting from an injury caused by a “dangerous dog.” New York defines a “dangerous dog” as one that has previously:

  • Attacked and/or killed a person or certain animals without justification; or
  • Behaved in a manner that a “reasonable person would believe poses a serious and unjustified imminent threat of physical injury or death”; or
  • Attacked a service dog, guide dog, or hearing dog without justification, and caused physical injury or death.

If the dog does not fit any of the above criteria, New York’s “one-bite” rule still allows victims to recover damages if the dog owner had prior knowledge of the dog’s “vicious propensities.” The victim could offer a variety of evidence to establish that such knowledge, including evidence of the dog’s prior aggressive behaviors or attacks which the owner knew about, or evidence indicating that the owner often restrained the dog and the manner in which it was restrained. However, New York’s statute also provides several exceptions that shield owners from liability, including bites caused by a dog protecting its owner or offspring, a dog protecting its home against trespassers, a dog reacting to pain or suffering, a dog provoked by abuse or assault, and a police dog that was doing its job.

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-Victor

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Mike called me on the weekend to answer a question I had emailed him on a Friday I wasn't expecting to hear from him until Monday. He went above and beyond anything I could have ever expected. Not only is he a excellent attorney he is also a kind, caring and a patient person. I was truly blessed by him, his paralegal, and this law firm.

-Sean

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Yes this team is incredible. They were not only professional and intelligent and thorough, they demonstrated the highest level of care and compassion for what was otherwise a really demoralizing and confusing experience. My case was long and difficult and they kept me in the loop all along the way and brought it to excellent resolution. So grateful to their team especially Rachael who took my first flustered call on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to partner Jim who carried the case across the line. Oh, and they got a great settlement! Thank you everyone!

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I was injured and tried handling things on my own with insurance. My first call it was apparent they weren’t going to help me even though I wasn’t at fault. I was referred to Mike Agruss Law and the experience made what was a nightmare turn into an easy and peaceful experience. They handled everything for me and made sure my medical bills were paid, and I was compensated for loss of wages and more. I came to them in tears, shaken up, and scared. They comforted me and took care of me and my family. I can’t say thank you enough! Thank you, Rachael Mitchell, Jackie Laino, and Ryan Platt!!

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Mike and his team were compassionate, detailed, and displayed excellent professionalism. This is the 1st time I needed a lawyer for legal services. Mike and his team walked me through the process. Agruss law firm are real experts. They fought for me and were able to settle my case. I received more than expected. Thanks to Mike and his team. I felt value and appreciate by them. Thank you!

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Mike Agruss is an extremely knowledgeable personal injury attorney who puts his client's best interests first. Whenever I reach out to him with questions, he always gets back to me right away, which is extremely refreshing when dealing with an attorney. I highly recommend him and his firm!

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