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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pitbull and Grandma Face Off on Bronx Playground

Q: Who can be sued in a dog bite attack?

An unleashed pit-bull on a playground led to a possible Bronx dog bite case recently when a grandma reportedly put herself between her grandkids and the animal before it allegedly attacked her.

In the Bronx, personal injury lawsuits for dog bites can be commenced when someone suffers an injury or harm as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of another person or entity. If it can be established that a person (such as a dog owner) and/or an entity (such as a property owner, landlord, management company, or government agency), was negligent and their negligence caused the injury, the injured party or parties may be entitled to compensatory damages.

Such damages may include current and future medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, current and future lost income or diminished earning capacity, physical and psychological injuries, and more depending on the particular case. Of course, the victim’s behavior will be scrutinized as well to determine if they were legally allowed to be at premises where the attack occurred and/or if they provoked the animal.

According to news interviews of the grandmother, she claims the unleashed dog attacked her without provocation on the playground, allegedly biting her head and dragging her away until a Good Samaritan intervened by beating the dog with a stick until it released her. The distraught grandmother allegedly yelled to her grandkids--who witnessed the attack--not to come down from the jungle gym and claims she feared for their safety. She reportedly suffered “serious injuries to her face and head” and lost part of her ear.

While tenants are allegedly permitted to have dogs, pit-bulls are reportedly not among the breeds that are allowed in the housing complex adjacent to the subject playground.  Local legislators in videotaped news reports have since questioned whether dogs should be banned from the apartment complex entirely if the housing association is unwilling or unable to police and control the breeds living there.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite or attack, or in any other accident, the Goldstein Law Firm can help you obtain the maximum compensation to wish you may be entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our offices in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured New Yorkers from throughout New York City and New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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