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According to the New York State Department of Health, 6,600 individuals under 20 years old are injured by a dog bite each year. Of those 6,600 victims, approximately 200 are injured seriously enough to require hospitalization.

Furthermore, dog attacks are even more of a problem throughout the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs bite nearly 4.5 million Americans each year, and surprisingly, children are the victim in half of these attacks. One in five dog bites results in a serious injury ranging from scarring and disfigurement to the loss of a limb, finger or toe. Severe dog and animal bite injuries may require long-term medical care including, plastic surgery, physical therapy, or a combination of both.

As a victim of a vicious dog or animal bite in New York, you have the right to recover fair compensation for your injuries. A Long Island dog bite lawyer at TonaLaw can represent you with the utmost compassion and integrity, leaving no stone unturned to help you claim victory over even the largest insurance corporations. We will fight for you!

Call us at 1-844-TONALAW or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation.

You have a Right to Compensation

In the state of New York, depending on the case, victims of dog bites may be entitled to different components of compensation. If a dog injures a person, for example, then the owner of the dog may be responsible for the victim’s medical bills, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. Dog bite injuries can be severe! The specific fact-based evidence is crucial to every claim and case.

Get a free case evaluation to review your rights and let us advise you on your best approach to pursuing a lawsuit.

Our Long Island dog bite lawyers understand every nuance of the law. We take a global approach to the practice of dog and animal bite law and consider the whole client – not just one specific aspect. We deeply understand our clients’ needs and the strategies to effectively resolve their cases. Our painstakingly detailed approach yields outstanding results for our dog bite and animal attack victim clients.

The Most Common Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites and other animal attacks can cause serious, sometimes life-threatening injuries. The most common types of injuries include:

Puncture Wounds

Dogs and other animals most often attack with their teeth and claws. Though these injuries may not seem too serious when they happen, it’s important they are treated immediately. Deep punctures can cause nerve damage, scarring and, if left untreated, infection. Seeking medical attention can often prevent many of these long-lasting injuries as a physician will clean and dress the wound thoroughly.

Infections

When a wound goes untreated, it can become infected. Animals’ mouths and claws can carry bacteria, soil, waste and other materials that can easily get transferred to your open wound. Infected wounds can look red and swollen, feel tender or warm, and may develop pus or excretions. It’s important to get any animal bite injury treated as soon as possible. Take all medicines and follow any treatment regimen prescribed by your doctor.

Nerve Damage

Depending on where on the body you’re attacked, a deep wound can cause serious nerve damage. That damage can cause chronic pain, mobility issues, and other problems long after the initial wounds have healed. This risk is heightened if you are bitten in the head, face or neck.

Scarring

Due to all the complications that can arise from animal attacks, including infections, scarring can be a serious issue. Scars can cause permanent disfigurement, which can affect the quality of life for a victim — especially if those scars are on the face. In some cases, facial reconstruction surgery is necessary, which can be painful and expensive.

Emotional Trauma and PTSD

Animal attacks can cause much more than just physical damage, especially when it comes to children. Victims may suffer nightmares, a fear of dogs, and other signs of emotional trauma. Seeking professional help from a therapist may help overcome this trauma.

Treating Dog Bites

You will need to visit the doctor as soon as possible. When you arrive, the doctor may ask who owns the dog, whether you know if the dog is up to date on their vaccines, any health problems you have, and others to know what kind of treatment you need. The doctor will examine whether or not the bite injured deep tissue, such as bone, muscle or tendon, as well as the nerves. You should not assume the severity of an injury without having the damage assessed by a medical professional, especially when faced with a high risk of bacterial infection and disease.

We Will Fight for You and Your Loved Ones

With more than 38 combined years of litigation experience, our attorneys have a strong understanding of client needs and the strategies to effectively resolve their dog bite lawsuit. Our Suffolk County law office provides superior legal services throughout Long Island, New York City, and New York State.

The TonaLaw Advantage

We are a client first practice. Our attorneys and support staff utilize our extensive legal experience and litigation acumen to represent personal injury clients aggressively, always seeking all remedies available to our clients under the law.

TonaLaw is a No Fee Law Firm – We get paid when we win your case!

If you or a loved one are suffering from a dog bite injury due to the negligence of another,  contact us today at (631) 780-5355 or toll-free at 1-844-TONALAW.