Dog Bite Accidents

Angry DogEvery year thousands of New Yorker’s are attacked and bitten by dogs, often leaving them with significant injuries, disfiguring scars, and substantial medical bills. The dog’s owner is responsible for the animal’s behavior and must take precautions to prevent these incidents from occurring.

If you have been the victim of a dog attack, contact the NYC dog bite attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC so that we can investigate immediately. In order to receive compensation for the injuries that you have sustained and recoup the money paid to medical providers, it must be proven that the owner knew of the dog’s viscous propensity or that the dog had previously bitten someone in the past. The « one free bite» rule in New York makes it very difficult for victims to be compensated for their injuries so it is imperative that we get to work right away.

Things You Should Know to Prevent Being Bitten

To reduce the risk of being bitten by a dog you should never approach a dog from behind or one that is sleeping or eating, do not make loud noises or sudden movements around a dog, stare directly into a dog’s eyes, or attempt to kiss a dog on its face.

What You Should Do After a Dog Bite

If you have been bitten by a dog you should attempt to obtain the dog’s medical history and seek medical attention. You should then file a report with the police as well as animal control. Immediately thereafter you should contact the dog bite injury attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC so that we can put our decades of experience to work for you to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.

Contact Our New York Dog Bite Accident Lawyers

The consultation is free and we charge nothing unless we are able to recover money for your injuries.

Frequently Asked Question for Dog Bite Cases

Do I need an attorney to handle my claim?

No. However, the insurance company employs an army of attorneys, claims specialists, and experts to win the case, so in order to get the compensation that you are entitled to you will need to hire an attorney that specializes in this type of law. Our legal team has decades of experience and a proven track record of maximizing settlements and we are in the best position to guarantee that you get everything that you are entitled to.

How long do I have to bring a claim?

The statute of limitations (or time in which a claim must be brought from the date of the accident) is 3 years for a personal injury claim. If a claim is being brought for wrongful death the claim must be brought within 2 years from the date of death. If the victim of the bite is a child the statute of limitations is 3 years from the date the child turns 18 years old.

Do I have to pay any legal fees if I lose my case?

No. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee which states that if you don’t win your case we don’t get paid.

How much is my case worth?

If any attorney tells you that they know how much your case is worth before reviewing all of the documentation then they are lying or incompetent. However, our legal team has decades of experience and will maximize the value of your case.

How long will it take to settle my case?

Every case is different but our legal team utilizes the most advanced technology and aggressive legal strategy to expedite our client’s cases, generally resolving cases years faster than any other firm.

What should I do if I have been bitten by a dog?

You should immediately seek medical attention and then file reports with animal control and local police.

What do we have to prove to win the case?

In New York, dog’s are permitted one «free» bite, which means that the owner is not responsible to compensate you if the dog had not bitten anyone in the past. However, if it can be proven that the dog has shown signs of viscous propensity prior to the attack (the courts have recognized growling, snapping and baring teeth as signs of viscous propensity) then the dog’s owner will be found strictly liable. For this reason it is critical to contact the New York dog bite attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC immediately after the attack.

Is the dog owner covered by insurance?

Yes, most homeowner’s policies and renter’s policies will cover damages caused by a dog bite.

Should I take photographs of my injuries?

Yes. Photographs of your wounds should be taken every two weeks so that the significance of the injuries and the length of time it took for them to heal can be properly documented.


  • Failure to file an accident report
  • Refusal of medical attention
  • Failure to take photographs bi-weekly depicting the healing of the wound
  • Speaking directly with the Insurance Company
  • Not hiring an experienced dog bite accident attorney who will complete all filings to protect your rights and ensure that you will receive the compensation that you deserve