When Animals Attack: Finding the Right Kingston Attorney Matters

Kingston Animal Attack Attorneys: Get the Compensation You Deserve After a Dog Bite or Attack

Animal attacks, particularly dog bites, can cause devastating physical injuries, emotional trauma, and lasting scars. Whether you were the victim or your child was injured, seeking experienced legal representation is vital for securing the compensation you deserve. Don’t settle for less – partner with dedicated Kingston animal attack attorneys.

Why Choose O’Connor & Partners, PLLC for Animal Attack Cases

At O’Connor & Partners, PLLC, we understand the complexities of animal attack injuries and New York’s dog bite laws. Our attorneys offer:

  • Personalized Attention: We’ll listen to your story, answer your questions, and provide clear legal guidance throughout the process.
  • Proven Track Record: We have a history of success in securing fair compensation for animal attack victims throughout the Hudson Valley.
  • Aggressive Advocacy: We won’t back down from insurance companies trying to minimize your claim. We’ll fight for your full recovery.

Understanding Dog Bite Laws in New York

New York has a unique “one-bite rule,” a mix of strict liability and negligence laws. This means:

  • Strict Liability for Severe Injuries: Dog owners can be held liable for medical costs if the attack results in serious injury, even if the dog had no prior history of aggression.
  • Negligence for Other Claims: In some cases, you may need to prove the owner was negligent in supervising their animal in order to recover damages beyond medical costs.

An experienced Kingston animal attack attorney can navigate these complexities and help you determine the best path to compensation.

Common Injuries from Animal Attacks

Animal attacks can lead to a wide range of injuries, including:

  • Puncture Wounds and Lacerations: Leading to infections and scarring
  • Broken Bones: Particularly in attacks on children or the elderly
  • Nerve Damage: Causing numbness, tingling, or loss of function
  • Facial Disfigurement: Affecting appearance and self-esteem
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Resulting in anxiety, flashbacks, and emotional distress

What to Do Immediately After a Dog Bite or Animal Attack

To protect your health and support your potential legal claim:

  • Seek Medical Attention: Get treatment for your injuries right away, even seemingly minor ones. Thoroughly document your injuries.
  • Identify the Owner: If possible, get the animal owner’s information, including name, address, and insurance details.
  • Report the Attack: Report the incident to local animal control authorities.
  • Preserve Evidence: Take pictures of your injuries, the scene, and the animal, if possible.
  • Contact O’Connor & Partners, PLLC: Speak with a Kingston animal attack attorney as soon as possible.

Don’t Wait to Seek Help – Time is of the Essence

New York imposes a statute of limitations on dog bite and animal attack claims. Acting quickly is critical to preserving evidence and building a strong case.

FAQs for Hudson Valley Residents

Q: What if the dog wasn’t on a leash? A: Leash laws can strengthen a case, but are not always the determining factor in liability. An attorney can assess all the relevant circumstances.

Q: What if I was partially at fault? A: New York has comparative negligence laws. You may still be entitled to compensation even if partially at fault, but the amount might be reduced

Q: Does homeowner’s insurance cover dog bites? A: Many homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies cover dog bites. An attorney can identify all available insurance sources.

Let O’Connor & Partners, PLLC, be your advocates after a traumatic animal attack. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.

O’Connor & Partners, PLLC 255 Wall Street Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 303-8777

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