Be Aware of Dogs


In the United States, there are approximately 4.7 million incidents involving dog bites each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), most dog bite victims are children. In addition, emergency room visits for dog bites cost an average of $3,000 per person per visit.  Furthermore, individuals under the age of 17 are two times more likely to sustain a dog bite. In accordance with the New York City Health Code 311, animal bites must be reported within 24 hours of the event. Dog bite victims can file a report online using the form on the New York City website.


In New York State, there is a strict liability standard in cases involving dog bites. Here, a dog owner may be found liable for paying the medical and rehabilitation expenses stemming from the attack. In addition, under the “one bite rule,” if the victim was bitten by a dog with a violent past may be able to recover additional damages for pain and suffering.


Dog bite incidents may include:

  • An attack on a private or public property,
  • Dog bite as a result of leash law violations,
  • A dog with a prior vicious propensity,
  • Dog bite as a result of inadequate fencing or failing to inform the public of a dog’s presence,
  • An attack by an escaped dog,
  • Infections as a result of a dog bite, and 
  • Scarring as a result of a dog bite, among others. 


According to the CDCP, the most vicious attacks involve the following dog breeds: 

  • Pitbull
  • Rottweiler
  • German Shepherd


Many victims of dog bites suffer serious physical injuries or psychological damage. In certain situations, a dog bite victim may require expensive medical treatment to repair disfigurements. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog bite it is important to contact an experienced New York personal injury lawyer. A New York personal injury lawyer can review your case and advise you of your legal rights and remedies. The New York personal injury lawyers at Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC are experienced in handling serious dog bite cases throughout New York State. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call our New York City personal injury law office at (718) 238-2400.