A loose pit bull raced into the front yard of a home in Spring Valley in Rockland County and attacked a 1-year-old child causing injuries not just to the child, but also to two brave men who rescued the baby. According to news reports, the child could have suffered fatal injuries if the two men had not quickly intervened and rescued the child. A good Samaritan ran to save the infant from the dog’s jaws before the animal attacked a 29-year-old man taking a bite off his hand and sending him to the hospital with injuries.
The horrific dog attack unfolded on Hoyt Street before the dog was eventually subdued. Neighbors described the traumatic sight of the child being dragged by the dog like a rag doll. A rabbi who counseled both the baby’s family and the wife of the man who was attacked and injured said the incident could’ve easily been fatal because the dog had the baby by the neck.
Because the baby was dressed warmly, the dog ripped the child’s coat, but didn’t get to the baby. A volunteer for the EMS organization Chaverim of Rockland ran to the child’s rescue and managed to subdue the dog with the assistance of another brave neighbor. The rabbi said that but for the volunteers who jumped into action, the child could’ve suffered severe facial injuries. Police said the dog is in custody and has been quarantined. The dog’s owner has also been identified, officials said. We wish all the injured victims the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Dog Attacks and Children
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50 percent of all dog bite victims are children. While only 12 percent of adults require medical treatment, 26 percent of all children need to go to the emergency room or see a doctor. Nearly 77 percent of dogs biting children are owned by a person known to the victim’s family such as a family member, friend or neighbor.
The CDC also notes that dog bites are a greater health issue for children than measles, mumps and whooping cough combined. They are more common than even injuries from bike accidents, playground injuries, mopeds, skateboards or ATVs. Dog bite treatments cost more than a billion dollars each year. The victims tend to be boys ages 5 to 9, and children in general are most frequently bitten in the face, neck and head.
Liability Issues in New York
Under New York’s Agriculture & Markets Law, Section 121, subdivision 10, dog owners may be held liable for the actions of their pet. Injured victims often incur significant medical expenses. Victims in such cases can seek compensation from the at-fault dog owner for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, cost of cosmetic surgery, permanent injuries, disabilities, disfigurement, past and future pain and suffering, etc. In addition to all of this, victims may also need psychological counseling to battle issues such as depression, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. The services of a knowledgeable dog bite lawyer will be invaluable especially as proving that a dog owner’s negligence caused the attack is often challenging.
The experienced New York personal injury attorneys with the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you. For over 48 years, our skilled attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims.
Our law firm recovered $750,000 for a girl who was bitten by a dog, which was the most money recovered in New York State in a dog bite case that year. Our law firm also recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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