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What Should I Know About Dog Bite Injury Claims in New York?

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If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog-related incident, you should speak with an attorney who can help you better understand how to file a dog bite injury claim in the state of New York. It is always in your best interest to consult an experienced attorney who can help you file a claim against a negligent dog owner for your injuries. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a devoted Westchester County Personal Injury Attorney from the Baez Legal Group who can help you recover damages for your dog-related injuries.

When is an Owner Not Liable For a Dog Bite Injury?

In New York, there are certain exceptions to when a dog owner can be held liable for their dog injuring someone. If a victim provoked the attack, the owner will not be held responsible for any injuries the victim sustained. If the victim demonstrated behavior that clearly provoked, tormented, or abused the dog into attacking them, the owner will not be found negligent. In the case where a victim is trespassing on the owner’s property, an owner may not be held liable as the dog was defending its home against a trespasser who did not have consent to be on the property. Even if a dog has bitten or behaved in an aggressive manner previously, the owner will not be held liable for any injuries. If (to the owner’s prior knowledge) their dog has never bitten anyone before, the owner may not be held responsible for the attack that caused the victim’s injuries. This is known as the “one bite” rule. New York dog bite law combines the “one bite” rule with a limited degree of strict liability rule. The strict liability rule holds the dog owner liable for any injury, death, or loss to a person or property that is caused by the dog when they are not on their property.

What is the Statute of Limitations For a Dog Bite Claim in New York?

New York statute of limitations gives you three years from the date your injury was inflicted to file a claim. If you fail to file within this period of time you will be barred from ever filing one. It is imperative that you pay attention and abide by this timeframe as once the time has passed, there is nothing else you can do. It is imperative to act quickly in these types of scenarios. The quicker you file a claim, the sooner an attorney can help you investigate the circumstances of your injuries and help you recover fair compensation for your damages.


Baez Legal Group handles a wide array of injury claims, including those sustained in auto accidents, slip & falls, and more. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.