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Pit Bull Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

If you or a family member have been injured by a Pit bull dog bite in New York, you may have a case to recover compensation. At the Porter Law Group, we understand the physical and emotional trauma caused by dog bites.

Our experienced lawyers are committed to holding the dog's owner accountable for your injuries and securing compensation for your pain and suffering, disfigurement, emotional distress, and other economic losses. 

Call us to discuss your case; we operate on a no-fee basis – you only pay if we win. Our approach ensures that our services are accessible to those who need them most, without the burden of upfront costs.

History of the Pit Bull

Pit bulls, originally bred for bull-baiting, have a history that dates back to the early 19th century in the United Kingdom. After bull-baiting was outlawed, these dogs were used in illegal dog fighting.

They were brought to the United States in the late 19th century. Despite their challenging history, many Pit bulls are loving and loyal pets. However, their powerful build and history of aggression, particularly in the wrong hands, can lead to serious injuries in the event of an attack.

Characteristics of Pit Bulls

  • Strong and Muscular Build: Pit bulls are known for their strength and muscular physique, which can make their bites particularly dangerous.
  • Loyal and Protective: They are often very loyal to their owners, which can sometimes translate into protective aggression.
  • Energetic and Playful: Their high energy levels require regular exercise and stimulation.
  • Intelligent and Trainable: Pit Bulls are smart dogs and can be well-trained with consistent, positive reinforcement.

Pit Bulls Temperament

Pit bulls, like any dog breed, have distinct temperamental traits. Understanding these can help in preventing unfortunate incidents:

  • Pit bulls often show a strong desire to please their owners, which can be harnessed positively in training.
  • They require regular exercise to manage their energy.
  • This breed can exhibit a strong prey drive, which needs to be managed through training and socialization.
  • With consistent and positive training methods, Pit Bulls can be well-behaved pets.

Do Pit Bulls Have Aggression Problems?

Pit bulls have the potential for aggression, particularly if not well-managed, responsible ownership can lead to them being as affectionate and well-behaved as any other breed.

Pit Bull aggression is a nuanced issue, often clouded by stereotypes. While their history and physical traits contribute to a perception of aggression, it's not inherent to the breed. Factors like training, socialization, environment, and genetics significantly influence their behavior. 

Regardless of aggression, it's been shown that their bites are way more damaging than many other types of dogs.

Pit Bull Attacks On Humans Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year. More than 800,000 of these bites require medical attention due to their severity.

Adding to this, data collected in the U.S. from 2005 to 2020 reveals that Pit Bulls were responsible for 284 deaths during this period. This figure represents a staggering 65% of all dog-related deaths, with 473 Americans killed between 2005 and 2017 due to dog attacks.

What are the Different Types of Dog Bites?

  • Nips and Scratches: Minor injuries that may not break the skin.
  • Puncture Wounds: More serious, can lead to infections.
  • Lacerations: Deep cuts or tears in the skin.
  • Crush Injuries: Occur when a dog bites and doesn’t let go, potentially damaging muscles, bones, and nerves.
  • Rabies and Other Infections: Bites can transmit diseases, making medical attention crucial.

What are the Dog Bite Laws in New York?

New York follows a mixed "one-bite" rule under the Agriculture and Markets Law, specifically Section 123. This means a dog owner may not be liable for the first bite by their dog, but only if they had no reason to believe the dog was dangerous.

However, this is balanced by a strict liability clause for medical costs. Regardless of the dog's previous behavior, the owner is held strictly liable for any medical expenses resulting from a dog bite.

Additionally, New York has a Dangerous Dog Law. According to this statute, if a dog is classified as "dangerous," the owner's liability increases. This classification comes into play in situations where a dog inflicts injury or demonstrates behavior that a reasonable person would consider as posing an imminent and serious threat of physical injury or death.

Victims of dog bites should report the incident to local authorities and may have the right to take legal action to seek compensation for their injuries.

Contacting a Pit Bull Dog Bite Injury Attorney

If you or your loved ones have experienced a traumatic incident involving a Pit bull dog bite in New York, it's crucial to seek the right legal support. At Porter Law Group, we specialize in handling cases specifically related to dog bite injuries, including those involving Pit bulls. Our experienced attorneys understand the unique challenges and legal nuances of these cases.

We are here to guide you through the legal process and ensure you receive the compensation and justice you deserve. Contact the Porter Law Group at 833-PORTER9 or email us at info@porterlawteam.com. Our team is dedicated to supporting and representing you in your time of need.

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