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Dog Attack & Bite Case Lawyers

Dog Bite Lawyers in Elmira, New York

Millions of Americans are attacked and bitten by animals every year. Dog bites alone account for an estimated $1 billion in monetary damages to victims. Sadly, many victims of dog bites are children.

Recovering damages for victims of dog-related attacks and injuries can be long, painful and expensive. Fortunately, an experienced New York/Pennsylvania dog bite attorney can help victims recover damages to cover medical treatments, medications, psychological counseling, and lost wages. Who can be held accountable for dog attacks? Claims can be made against the dog’s owner, the dog owner’s insurance company and, in some cases, third parties whose negligence may have caused or contributed to the injuries.

What should you do if a dog has injured you? Here are a few tips:

  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Contact the police (or your local dog control officer) about your injury and request a copy of their report
  • Obtain the name, address, phone number and other contact information of the dog’s owner, if possible
  • Attempt to get names and contact information from any witnesses to the attack
  • Take photographs of the animal responsible and the area where the attack occurred
  • Take photographs of your injuries
  • Set aside and save any clothing, personal property or other items that were damaged in the attack

In addition, you should contact us as soon as possible for legal representation. Although we are dog lovers ourselves, sad to say that some dogs can be VERY dangerous and we have had the unfortunate experience of representing people who have been brutally mauled by nasty dogs. Many times our investigations have revealed that dog owners were very much aware of the dangerous nature of their dog’s behavior but took no meaningful steps to protect the general public or our clients. In those cases, we have been able to secure substantial financial settlements on behalf of our clients.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack or bite in New York or Pennsylvania, please call us today at 800-ZIFFLAW and we will be happy to explain your legal rights and options. You can also email us at [email protected].


  • I would like to personally Thank everyone at the Ziff Law Firm, especially Karen Wheadon for all that they have done for me regarding an injury that I sustained during a motor vehicle accident. Karen and Jim were very understanding and thoughtful when it came to my needs. When I needed answers, Karen always found time to answer the call. Mr. Reed is a very knowledgeable person when it comes to injury claims. Without this amazing team I would have been lost, when an injury is sustained and you feel like there is no one there to help you, you don’t know where to turn. I was fortunate enough to find this team who was willing to do what it took to help guide me through this process. I can’t begin to thank them enough for the hard work, long hours and dedication that they put into my case. I would be more than happy to refer anyone whom I know to this law firm, knowing that they would put as much dedication into the next case as they did mine.

    Frank Rugiero, Elmira, NY

  • My sister in law and I were involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident approximtely 1 1/2 years ago. We were broken physically and emotionally. A friend recommended Ziff Law Firm and more specifically Mr. Jim Reed. We hired Mr. Reed and his team and it was the best decision we could have made. Jim Reed is a fantastic attorney. Just as importantly he is a fantastic person. Mr. Reed never promised us the moon. He was careful to advise us of the good and the bad that could happen. Many places will tell you anything to get you as a client. This was not the case with Mr. Reed. I found his approach full of professionalism, kindness and compassion, integrity and patience. We never waited long for an answer to questions we might have and sometimes we got our answer after hours before the weekends start. Just as important, Jim can be a fighter when the time calls for it. Not only did Jim posess these quality’s his paralegal Karen Wheadon has them also.
    If you or your family or friends are in NEED of a stellar attorney and staff, look no further than Elmira NY. Jim Reed and the staff of Ziff Law Firm is the place you want on YOUR side.

    Terri O’Rourke, Big Flats, NY

  • Adam was my attorney for an auto accident I had in 2002. From the very first day I met him I was at ease talking with him. He always called me back with’in the day if I called him for any reason. He also had me in on several occasions to discuss my case. I was also very happy with the amount of settlement he was able to get for me. I would like to Thank Adam and the whole firm for the way I was treated during my suite.

    Mitzi Raymond

  • We just have to send you a note to let you know how pleased we are with the outcome of our case. Christina is a very intelligent lady who exudes professionalism. Her compassion and kindness put us at ease from the very early days of her becoming a part of our case. We felt she truly empathized with our dilemma. She not only understood our pain and fears, she lived it with us. (You, and all of the Ziff employees we came in contact with, made us feel you were there for us because you cared).

    Larry and Diane, NY