Animal Attacks And Dog Bites Are Serious Matters
Owners of domesticated animals are responsible for properly training their pets and protecting individuals and other animals from animal attacks. These injuries are typically associated with dogs such as pit bulls, Rottweilers and Dobermans, but any animal can cause serious injury.
At Rosenberg, Kirby, Cahill, Stankowitz & Richardson, we pursue compensation for dog bite and animal attack cases throughout Ocean County and surrounding areas of New Jersey.
We will pursue a compensation package that reflects the full scope of your injuries, including those that involve:
- Physical pain
- Nerve damage
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Injuries to children
- Psychological trauma
- Infections and diseases
Strict Liability And Your Dog Bite Injury Claim
Dog bite injuries are classified under strict liability law in New Jersey. Strict liability means any injury caused by a dog bite is the responsibility of the defendant, whether or not the defendant was proven to be negligent.
We can help you determine what level of compensation to pursue, when to push back aggressively in litigation and when a skillful hand in out-of-court settlements will suffice. As we represent you, we can also answer important questions such as:
What Should I Do If I’m Bitten By A Dog?
After receiving a dog bite, you should be sure to seek medical attention, even if you do not believe the injury is serious. Document everything you can related to the bite, including any statements from the dog owner and medical paperwork. Also, be sure you speak to us about filing a claim to cover the cost of your injuries.
Is The Dog Owner Automatically Liable For My Injuries If Their Dog Bites Me?
In other personal injury cases, the injured party needs to prove liability, but this is not the case for dog bites. New Jersey is known as a “strict liability” state, which means that a dog’s owner is liable for any bite from their dog.
What If The Dog That Bit Me Had No Prior History Of Aggression?
A first offense of a dog bite in a dog does not mean it will have to be euthanized. Instead, the dog will have a bite history where multiple offenses will result in required measures like a muzzle or displaying warning signs on the home property.
Can I Still Pursue A Claim If The Dog That Bit Me Was A Stray Or Owned By Someone Without Insurance?
If you cannot determine a dog’s owner, it is likely you will not be able to file a claim for compensation. If the owner does not have insurance, you can still pursue compensation directly from the owner instead of their insurance. Talk to one of our attorneys today about your options.
Let’s Discuss Your Case Today
Contact our office in Toms River to speak with our experienced attorneys. Rosenberg, Kirby, Cahill, Stankowitz & Richardson can be reached online or by telephone at 732-908-7239.
Personal injury and workers’ compensation cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we effectively recover compensation in your case.