Statute of Limitations in Cases involving Dog Bites & Animals

If you have been injured in New York by a dog or other animal, how much time do you have to sue? If you have suffered personal injuries as a result of being bitten by a dog or other animal, knocked down by an animal, suffered a bicycle or motor vehicle crash due to an animal being in the road, or otherwise been injured by an animal, you should be aware of the time limitations for suing. Generally, in New York a person has three years from the time of the incident to commence a lawsuit for personal injuries, including those cases where animals are involved.  There are some exceptions though. Where an animal owner intentionally directs an animal to attack, and their is a claim for assault or battery, the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits is one year from the date of occurrence.  Where an infant is injured, the statute of limitations does not start to run until the injured child reached age 18.  It is always best to consult with an attorney when injured, to determine your rights and whether there are any exceptions to the general rules. Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C.  is a New York Personal Injury Law Firm with experience in handling dog bite cases and other cases where injuries have been caused by animals.  For a free consultation call 1-800-LAWLINE (1-800-529-5463).

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