Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A claim for injuries caused by a domestic animal.

Practice point:  New York does not recognize a common-law negligence cause of action to recover damages for injuries caused by a domestic animal.  The settled law in New York is that a domestic animal's owner who either knows or should have known of the animal's vicious propensities will be held liable for the harm the animal causes as a result of those propensities.

Student note:  Once this knowledge is established, the owner faces strict liability.

Case:  Abrahams v. City of Mount Vernon, NY Slip Op 05699 (2d Dep't July 19, 2017)

Here is the decision.

Tomorrow's issue:  An unenforceable arbitration provision.