New Law Will Make Dog Owners Financially Responsible for First Bite: New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Comments

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Democratic state senators in New York have introduced legislation that would hold dog owners civilly liable and financially responsible the first time a dog bites an individual and causes injury. According to an April 16 news report in The Democrat and Chronicle, the law is named after 9-year-old Frankie Flora who was attacked and severely injured by a pit bull four years ago.

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Dog bite victims suffer major injuries that require multiple surgeries. If they do not have access to treatment, the injuries may even prove deadly."

State senators have introduced Frankie's Bill, which if passed into law, will hold dog owners liable and financially responsible even the first time their dog bites and injures someone. According to an April 16 article in The Democrat and Chronicle, the bill, introduced by State Sen. Terry Gipson, D-Rhinebeck, is named after a 9-year-old boy who was mauled by a pit bull four years ago. Current law in New York State warns dog owners for the first time their pet injures someone or acts aggresively. Gipson has maintained that the law should not allow for this first-time warning, the report states.

The new law will ensure that individuals like Frankie get much-needed access to medical treatment to help recover from dog bite injuries, the article states. Frankie Flora suffered 100 lacerations to his head and arms and has had 25 surgeries to restore flesh that was torn off and to rectify nerve damage.

Dog bite victims should not have to wait until they get attacked a second time to receive the financial support they rightfully deserve, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "I'm absolutely in support of this legislation that will help ensure that victims of dog attacks receive justice and fair compensation for their losses. Dog bite victims suffer major injuries that require multiple surgeries. If they do not have access to treatment, the injuries may even prove deadly."

Wilhelm says dog bite victims frequently need cosmetic surgeries to repair flesh wounds and scars. "These types of procedures are often not covered by the insurance company because they are considered 'cosmetic.' It is unfair that victims have to jump through hoops when the owner of the animal that caused the damage is allowed to walk away without any liability."

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