Personal injury lawyer New York: Holding negligent dog owners to account after attack Personal injury lawyer NYC and other attorneys who read about the dog attack on a 6-year-old this past spring probably went out of their way to contact the victim's family -- as suing the dog's owners probably would have been a slamdunk -- one because of the obvious negligence, and two because the defendants in the case are doctors. In May this year Deborah Levine, a Manhattan pediatrician, took her 80-pound black Labrador for a walk to a school yard where a sign clearly banned dogs. The dog then attacked a 6-year-old boy playing a baseball game, chewing off part of his ear in the process, according to a report in the New York Post. Instead of helping the boy, who was bleeding and crying face-down on the ground, Dr. Levine shrugged off the attack, saying to the boy's father, "He'll be fine. It's no big deal." "Suddenly, I heard a noise, like something you hear in a bear attack â€” just a horrible noise,â€? Edward, Esposito, the boy's father, told the Post. Soon after, six-year-old Andrew Esposito was rushed to hospital and underwent two-years of surgery to attach the child's ear. This case is somewhat ironic, as a personal injury lawyer New York might tell you, because the person probably best equipped to help the injured boy was the dog's owner herself. The dog's owner, Dr. Levine is a professor of emergency pediatric medicine at NYU School of Medicine, and her husband, Dr. Michael Levine, is an urologist. But rather than helping the boy -- who is now probably going to be disfigured for the rest of his life -- the doctor promptly took her dog and left the park. The boy's father is now suing Dr. Levine, and one wonders how she and her husband will defend themselves in civil court. One also wonders how much
they'll probably end up forking over to settle the case out of court, if they choose to go that route. Any personal injury lawyer New York worth his or her salt would jump at this case, as it would take minimal work to get a substantial verdict or settlement out of the Lavines. One also can't help but wonder why this doctor -- who has 16 years of medical experience -- chose to flee instead of helping the child her dog mauled before her own eyes and those of multiple witnesses? Did she panic? Did she fear that her dog would continue to be aggressive to other people if she didn't promptly take him away? If this goes to trial these questions are likely to come out in court. The boy's father was also likely worried for his son because of the possibility that the dog had rabies. It's unclear whether criminal charges were laid in the case, or if the dog in question will be put to sleep.