Last Updated on February 7, 2024

What to Do If a Dog Ran into You and Broke Your Leg

Dog bites and knockdowns are a common cause of injury. According to the CDC, over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S.

Even a collision with a dog can lead to serious harm.

New York has strict liability dog bite statutes that state that a dog owner is liable for any injury caused by their dog, whether from biting, knocking down, or otherwise causing harm. The owner may be responsible for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering damages, and other losses.

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Gather Information at the Scene

1. Get contact information for the dog's owner

  • Full name, address, and phone number are essential
  • Request their homeowner's or renter's insurance information

2. Document details

Document details such as the exact location – street address or nearest landmark where possible. Get witnesses' full names and contact information if there were any present. Take photos showing the dog, the owner, the area where you fell, and any visible injuries. Obtain security camera footage if available.

3. Get medical assistance if needed

Call 911 if the injuries are severe. Otherwise, get help from a friend or passerby to safely travel to a hospital/clinic.

Seek Medical Care

Get examined by a doctor as soon as possible after the incident. Fully describe how the incident occurred and list every symptom and injury in detail. This complete documentation in the medical records is vital.

Follow the doctor's treatment plan closely, including taking all prescribed medications, attending physical therapy if recommended, and returning for any follow-ups.

Keep careful records of expenses. Request copies of medical bills promptly and track missed hours/wages due to injury. Save receipts for other costs like crutches, bandages, and transportation for medical care.

Liability Laws in New York

New York has strict liability statutes regarding dog bites and knockdowns. This means that the dog owner is liable for any injury caused by their dog, regardless of past aggression or the precautions taken by the owner.

The NY Agriculture & Markets Law §§ 123 clearly places responsibility on the owner. If a dog injures someone, the owner is legally responsible for the actions and behavior of the dog. The statute of limitations to file a civil lawsuit seeking damages is 3 years from the date of injury in New York. It is important to take legal action within this timeframe.

Consult a Dog Bite Attorney 

Consulting and retaining an experienced dog bite attorney is highly recommended for several reasons:

  • They assist with evidence gathering, such as obtaining medical records, veterinary records of the dog, and witness statements
  • They can determine liability based on the strict liability laws
  • They handle negotiations with insurance companies to pursue fair settlement
  • They file a lawsuit on your behalf if a reasonable settlement cannot be reached

Damages You Can Recover

Some of the damages that can potentially be recovered after a dog knockdown or bite injury include:

  • Reimbursement for all medical expenses related to the injury
  • Lost wages for missed time at work
  • Monetary compensation for physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Punitive damages in severe cases where gross negligence caused the incident

If you or your loved one suffered a broken bone or other severe injury after being knocked down by a dog, The Porter Law Group can help protect your rights. We operate on a contingency basis, so there are no fees unless we obtain compensation for you.

Our experienced dog bite attorneys are committed to establishing liability and securing the maximum damages you deserve. We assist victims statewide from our offices in Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Syracuse, and Rochester who suffer fractures and trauma from dog collisions and falls.

Call us at 833-PORTER9 or send us an email at for a free consultation on your potential injury claim. We're available to review the details of your incident at no charge and discuss your legal options.

Written By
Eric C. Nordby
Personal Injury Attorney
Eric, with nearly three decades of experience in personal injury litigation, holds a law degree with honors from the University at Buffalo School of Law and a Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University. His extensive career encompasses diverse state and federal cases, resulting in substantial client recoveries, and he actively engages in legal associations while frequently lecturing on legal topics.
Legally Reviewed on December 21, 2023
Michael S. Porter
Personal Injury Attorney
Originally from Upstate New York, Mike built a distinguished legal career after graduating from Harvard University and earning his juris doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law. He served as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, gaining expertise in trial work, and is now a respected trial attorney known for securing multiple million-dollar results for his clients while actively participating in legal organizations across Upstate NY.
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