Lever & Ecker, PLLC May 23, 2016 General
New York is teaming with animals, both wild and tame. In the wild, the state is rich with various insects, birds, foxes, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, bats, squirrels, skunks, deer, bobcat, and more. At home, nearly 57% of all households contain at least one pet, the most popular being cats and dogs. For many New York workers, these animals create a dangerous working condition which can leave them injured and sick.
Every job comes with its own set of risks. Some occupations result in exposure to and interaction with animals on a regular basis, thus increasing the worker’s chances of being bitten, stung, knocked over, scratched, kicked, or otherwise injured. These occupations include:
When most people think of being bitten, scratched, or stung by an animal, they think about the actual wound that is visible on the skin. But it isn’t just the wound that can be dangerous, many animals are capable of transmitting diseases to humans or injecting toxic substances. The most common conditions caused by an animal include:
Yes. If you were injured or became ill due to an animal bite, scratch, or sting that occurred while you were at work, you may be entitled to file for workers’ compensation. This insurance can provide you with compensation for medical expenses and a portion of lost wages.
It is possible that a third party may be held responsible for a victim’s injuries if they failed to warn of a potentially dangerous animal on the property or failed to restrain an aggressive pet. A third party lawsuit can provide a victim with medical expenses, full compensation for lost wages, and additional compensation for pain and suffering.