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Rabies and Your Liability Case: Liability Lawyer New York

Updated: Mar 24

Liability Lawyer, New York

Hire A New York Liability Lawyer For Your Case - Premises liability laws protect you from unsafe conditions on other people’s property. If you get injured in a preventable accident on private property where you are an invitee, meaning a customer at a business or a guest at a residence, you can file a premises liability claim so that the property owner or their insurance company must pay for your medical bills and other expenses related to the accidental injury. 

Most people, especially in an urban area like New York City, associate premises liability claims with slippery floors in laundromats and rickety staircases in apartment buildings, but premises liability also protects you if you get injured in an animal attack on someone else’s property. Rabies is one of the worst things that can happen as a result of an animal bite since it is almost always fatal if you get infected, but if you get a rabies vaccine in time, the vaccine is almost 100% effective at preventing infection. If you had a close encounter with a possibly rabid animal in the Bronx, contact a New York trip and fall accident lawyer.

Yes, You Can Get Rabies in New York City

Rabies, a viral infection spread through contact with the blood or saliva of infected animals, is much less prevalent in domestic animals than it used to be due to the availability of vaccines and laws requiring vaccination. New York law requires all pet dogs, cats, and ferrets to receive a series of rabies vaccines before the age of four months and to get booster shots every few years after that. Therefore, even if the most vicious guard dog in the Bronx bites you, you are unlikely to be exposed to rabies. Despite this, wild animals in all five of New York City’s boroughs have tested positive for rabies. Bats account for the greatest share of rabies cases, but raccoons, opossums, skunks, and stray cats have also tested positive for the virus.

Humans who get exposed to rabies through a bite from a rabid animal must get a series of rabies vaccines, which are 100% effective if given immediately and still provide nearly perfect protection if given several days after exposure. Vaccinated pets who get exposed to rabies should receive an additional booster shot.

Liability Lawyer, New York

You can file a premises liability claim against the owner of a commercial or residential property where the owner failed to keep the premises free of potentially rabid animals. If the animal bites you, your claim can include compensation for treatment of the bite wound, as well as the rabies vaccines. You might also be able to claim noneconomic damages for the emotional distress of being exposed to rabies.

Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda About Premises Liability Cases

A premises liability lawyer can help you if you were exposed to rabies through an animal bite on someone else’s property. Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda PLLC in Brooklyn, New York, or call (212)671-1110 to discuss your case.


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