Brooklyn Dog Bite Attorneys
How Many Dog Bites Happen?
Each year, around 500,000 people are treated by doctors and hospitals following a dog attack. Thousands of these injuries require long-term hospitalization or surgery and could cost families an average of $32,000, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Brooklyn dog bite attorneys at the Law Offices of Cellino & Barnes understand how painful and costly these injuries can be. Our dedicated staff of lawyers will fight for their client’s rights and make sure your family gets the most compensation after a dog mauling.
If you or a family member was attacked by a vicious dog, we’d like to hear about it and help you through this difficult time. Contact Us or call 800-888-8888 to speak with a Brooklyn dog bite lawyer now, for free.
Why Do Dogs Bite?
There are more than 54 million households claiming to own at least one dog in the United States today. Studies estimate that equates to almost 80 million dogs ranging in size and breed. Many dogs are well-trained and social around humans but experts warn any dog, no matter the breed or size, is capable of suddenly attacking a human it comes in contact with.
When the Brooklyn dog bite attorneys are presented with a case, it can often involve people who are familiar with the animal and, most of the time, the dog’s victim is a child.
Veterinarians across the country have studied dog behaviors and discovered that children are more at risk of a dog bite than any other age group. Experts attribute this to a dog’s territorial behavior around toys, food or even a particular area in the backyard. Although a small child may not appear threatening to adults, a dog may look at a child differently due to a child’s size and demeanor. The animal can mistake a child’s actions as a threat and attack.
The Brooklyn dog bite attorneys and Cellino & Barnes know the New York State laws that every pet owner must adhere to when hosting an animal. If you or your loved one has been attacked by a dog, it’s important to know that you are not necessarily at fault and you should discuss your options with a legal professional who focuses on dog bite injuries in a courtroom setting.
Are Certain Dog Breeds More Likely to Bite?
Any kind of dog is capable of delivering a painful attack. In the past, many municipalities have honed-in on certain breeds such as pit bulls, rottweilers, boxers, mastiffs, and their mixes; banning them for the safety of those who may encounter these animals. Recently, communities have slowly been overturning breed-specific legislation that banned these dogs due to criticism from pet advocates who suggest the dogs aren’t the problem: their owners are.
Although breed-specific legislation is a hotly-contested topic, it is backed by statistics. Press accounts compiled since 1982 show molosser breeds like pit bulls and boxers have caused 86 percent of the dog bite attacks that resulted in hospital visits. That’s nearly 9 in 10 dog bites; delivered by breeds that represent a mere 9 percent of the American dog population.
At Cellino & Barnes, our Brooklyn dog bite lawyers have a track record of getting results for our clients. Our attorneys will hold the owners of vicious dogs accountable and we’ll fight to get your family the compensation it deserves after a dog attack in Brooklyn.