At Belovin Franzblau & Associates, P.C., we understand how important it is to receive compensation for the medical bills, emotional duress, lost income and pain and suffering you may have experienced after a dog-related injury. According to CNBC, New York has one of the highest numbers of claims for dog bites in the country. The average cost per claim is also the third-highest in the country. The total value of claims totaled roughly $41.6 million in 2017. In addition to this, claims have been on the rise and payouts have skyrocketed.
While dog bites tend to be the most newsworthy, they are not the only incidents you can make a claim for. Even dogs who are not aggressive may cause injury to others by being too playful or because of their large size. For example, a large dog could playfully jump up on an elderly person and cause them to fall down the stairs. Similarly, a dog may startle a passing bicyclist, causing them to fall of their bike and injure themselves. These fall under the category of dog-related injury claim.
Ideally, your claim will be paid out by the dog owner’s home insurance or premises liability company. However, there may be instances where these companies deny the claim or say the dog and any related injuries are not covered under their policy. This may be the case if the owner did not tell the insurance company that they had a dog, or if they were only pet sitting and do not actually own the dog who caused the injury. Some homeowners may also not have insurance or may have lapsed on payments.
When this happens, it can be difficult to collect on even favorable judgments. This can cause many people to become discouraged, while they recover from their dog-related injury. However, it is not impossible to successfully collect your compensation. Visit our webpage for more information on dog bites and premises liability.