Holding Owners Responsible For Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bite injuries can be very traumatic. Many people think they can’t bring a lawsuit unless the dog has bitten someone before or has a history of vicious behavior. This is absolutely not the case in the state of New Jersey. Dog owners do not get “one free bite.”
In New Jersey, a dog owner is strictly liable if their dog attacks someone. They are liable the first time and every time their dog harms a person. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a dog bite, speak to a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. At Fishman & Fishman, LLC, we are here to listen to your story and pursue your case to the best of our ability, drawing on our many years of experience in personal injury law.
The Harm From A Dog Bite Can Be Serious And Lasting
Our attorneys have represented countless dog bite victims in South Jersey. Whether you were bitten by a dog in a public place, on private property or on your own property, the dog owner is responsible for any injuries you sustained.
Our attorneys can help you pursue compensation for medical bills and lost wages from bite wounds, claw wounds and injuries suffered from fleeing from a vicious dog. We have also recovered monetary damages for the ongoing impact of a dog attack, including:
- Permanent nerve damage
- Disfigurement and reconstructive surgery
- Psychological harm such as:
- Children (or adults) who experience nightmares
- Anxiety attacks
- Fear of all dogs
We know you may not want to “sue” a neighbor or friend if you or a family member has been bitten by a dog. However, it is important to know that the dog owner’s homeowners insurance policy will usually cover the costs associated with a dog bite claim.
Children Scarred By A Dog Bite Have A Grace Period To Pursue Compensation
Children are the most common victims of dog bites and, because the injuries can be very physically and emotionally scarring, those children have an extended period to bring a case. A person bitten by a dog bite as a child has two years from his or her 18th birthday to bring a claim for the injuries. If you (or your son or daughter) have lived an entire childhood scarred from a dog attack, it is time to pursue compensation for the trauma, emotional damage and physical scars.