Most dogs are gentle, friendly, and eager to interact with their human companions. However, now and then a dog will behave in a way that’s unpredictable, aggressive, or even violent. Dog bites are rare occurrences, but they can prove to be quite traumatic to the victim. Read on to learn more about why some dogs bite and the rights you have if you are the victim of an attack.
Understanding Canine Psychology
Protection of property is among the most common causes of dog bites, with the term “property” encompassing everything from food to human beings.
Dogs don’t typically bite without cause. In most cases, dogs are reacting to something occurring around them. For example, they may be stressed, scared, or ill. Additionally, dogs may strike out if they feel their territory or owners are being threatened. According to the website of dog expert Cesar Millan, protection of property is among the most common causes of dog bites, with the term “property” encompassing everything from food to human beings.
It’s not uncommon for puppies to nip or bite during play. While this behavior may seem cute and harmless in younger dogs, as the animal gets older it becomes far more perilous. For this reason, animal behaviorists recommend against wrestling with dogs or using your hands as “toys.” The goal is to dissuade pups from nipping when they’re young so they don’t think the behavior is acceptable later on. petdogplanet.com
Knowing Your Rights as a Victim
The consequences of a dog bite can be profound. Along with the bite itself, individuals may be thrown to the ground or even dragged. Victims of dog bites often suffer pain, scarring, and emotional trauma. Oftentimes, bites result in non-permanent injuries, but there are also bites that require surgical treatment and may leave the victim with permanent scarring and disfigurement and even nerve damage. In some cases, they may endure lasting anxiety and even a long-term fear of animals.
As the victim of a dog bite incident, it’s important to know that you have rights. In the State of New York, as in most states, there are laws in place requiring owners to keep dogs on leashes while out in public. If you were attacked by a dog whether it was leashed or not, you may be eligible for compensation. Other factors that could affect your case include:
- Whether or not the dog has vicious propensities or a proclivity for aggressive behavior
- Whether or not the owner was aware of the dog’s vicious propensities
At the Law Office of Peter Briskin, we recognize that the burden of proof in dog bite cases is on the plaintiff. To that end, we utilize all available means to investigate these cases and find the evidence needed to support our clients’ claims. We’re committed to supporting individuals who have suffered dog bite injuries by helping them secure the compensation they need and deserve.
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