Dog Bites

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Dogs are loved by many. It is not unusual for many people to love and treat their dogs like a special family member. They love to be around their owners, play, and receive attention. However, not all dogs are the same. Some are more receptive to attention and handle certain situations better than others. While some dogs love attention, others may be less welcoming, especially to those not part of their immediate family circle.

A dog may lash out by attacking or biting if it feels threatened or stressed. In many cases, people are bitten or attacked when a dog is being overprotective of its food, toys, or owner. Other times, a dog might bite someone who is hovering over its personal space. The dog may feel threatened even if the person only tries to be friendly and pet it. Knowing your dog’s temperament is extremely important if you are a dog owner. Recognizing your dog’s boundaries and tolerances can help avoid an attack or bite and other adverse repercussions.

In New York, there are rules that apply to the liability dog owners have over their pets. If a dog bites another person, the owner could be held liable for medical bills and other damages. Dog owners are strictly liable for the cost of medical bills; however, they are only liable for other damages if their dog has a history of being vicious and they knew about it. One exception is if the owner was negligent in the care or handling of the dog, they could be held liable for additional damages.

If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog, it is highly recommended to talk to an attorney who extensively knows the law relating to dog bites in Sayville, NY, and Suffolk County, New York.

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