Brooklyn, NY asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for New York

Q: My mother was attacked by her neighbor's dog she wasn't bitten but sustained a fractured wrist when she fell backwards.

What legal action can I take on her behalf?

2 Lawyer Answers
Joseph E. (Jed) Dietrich III
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: That is a personal injury case if the dog had vicious propensities. Call my office and we will help.

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Sorry to hear what happened to your mother. Whether your mom might have a viable case will depend on whether the dog's actions were foreseeable such that they could have been prevented. In New York, dog owners are strictly liable for harm caused by their dogs if they knew or should have known about the dog's vicious propensities. Evidence of a dog's vicious propensities include growling, barking, snapping teeth, jumping up on visitors, etc. Best to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. You can find many excellent attorneys using the Find a Lawyer tab on the JUSTIA homepage.

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