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How to Report a Dog Bite and Start a Claim

After being attacked by a dog, you may be wondering if you should make a claim against the owner. Victims often don’t know how to report a dog bite in their area, especially since every jurisdiction has its own rules. Here are some tips on reporting a dog bite to your local government and how a personal injury attorney may be able to help. Should You Report a Dog Bite? You should always report a dog bite if the attack causes injury, especially if those injuries involve puncture wounds. This is especially true if you cannot find the owner of the dog to confirm if the animal has updated immunizations. The risk of either rabies or other infections is extremely high after being bit, so it’s important to seek medical attention afterward.  Reporting a dog bite also helps prevent the dog from attacking others in the future. Generally, states ask owners to take reasonable precautions to protect others from their dog or risk penalties.  Finally, if you want to receive compensation for your medical bills, you need to report the dog bite. This report serves as the most important piece of evidence in your case. Reporting a Dog Attack If you get bitten by a dog and receive medical treatment, the first thing you should do is contact the applicable city or county authority. This is usually a health services department or a similar entity. While some counties require medical professionals to report any dog bite cases, you should report it as well.  When you file your report, you may need the following information: Name and address of the victim; Name and contact information of the dog owner (if known); Date of the dog’s most recent rabies vaccination (if known); Date, time, and location of the attack; and Medical treatment received for the injury. If you can’t find the owner of the dog, try to also include a description of the animal. This may help authorities narrow down potential owners based on the location of the attack. Once you make this report, if you decide to file a lawsuit, you must do so within your state’s statute of limitations. How an Attorney Can Help Having legal representation for your case is essential if you have trouble finding the dog’s owner or sustain serious injuries. While a dog bite case may seem straightforward at first, the defendant may try to claim that you instigated the attack or trespassed on their property. An attorney knows these tactics and focuses on showing the owner’s liability by: Gathering evidence to support your claim; Determining the true cost of your injuries, both immediate and future; Negotiating with the defendant and their representation on your behalf; and Managing the filings for your case. At the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, we offer these services and more to victims of dog bites and other personal injuries from animal attacks. Still Figuring Out How to Report a Dog Bite? Contact Us Today If you were bitten by a dog in either New York or Florida, call attorney Ted Naima. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury, Ted knows how devastating unprovoked dog bites are for individuals and families. Contact us online or give us a call at 516-280-7311 to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients from our offices in NYC, Long Island, and Miami, FL.

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Time Limits for Injury Lawsuits in New York

Understanding the New York statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is crucial. If you don’t file within the legal deadline, the court could dismiss your case. That means you are barred from any financial compensation for your injuries and other damages. Unfortunately, figuring out the proper deadline can be complicated in some cases. That is one reason why hiring a New York City personal injury attorney to represent you is so important. Failure to file a lawsuit within the deadline could mean you won’t receive any money at all. What Is the Statute of Limitations in NY for Personal Injury Cases? Most personal injury cases fall under the general rule of three years from the date of the injury. This applies if you were over 18 at the time and of sound mind. That means if you sustained severe injuries in a car accident or a slip and fall accident, you have three years from the date of the accident. If you didn’t feel any pain until a few weeks later, you don’t have additional time to file a lawsuit. The clock starts ticking from the date of the accident. However, there are some exceptions to the three-year rule. Several other types of cases have a different New York personal injury statute of limitations. Exceptions to the New York Statute of Limitations in a Personal Injury Case Generally, determining the proper filing date for some types of cases can be challenging. When you have a New York City personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, we will file your lawsuit timely. Here’s a look at some of the exceptions to the standard three-year personal injury filing deadline: Assault or Battery: One year from the act for civil cases; Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: One year from the act; New York City and New York State Claims: 90 days to give initial notice and one year and 90 days to file a lawsuit; and Wrongful death: Two years from the date of death. Medical malpractice cases also have different filing deadlines. You have two years and six months from the date of the malpractice. Or you have two years from the end of continuous treatment rendered by the entity or party you plan to sue for medical malpractice. Other situations also impact the potential filing deadline in your case. If you had a legal disability at the time of the accident or you were under 18 years old at the time of the accident, then the law says you are of “unsound mind.” In this case, the three years won’t start running until you are over 18 or declared sane. Contact a Long Island Personal Injury Attorney If you have questions on the New York statute of limitations in a personal injury case, speak with an experienced attorney. Don’t risk your potential settlement by figuring out the deadline only to discover you already missed the filing date. At the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, we have over two decades of experience litigating Long Island personal injury claims. We can help determine the correct New York personal injury statute of limitations. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

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