NJ Dog Bite Attorney
Dog Bite Personal Injury Claim
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that more than four and a half million people are bitten by dogs every year. Dog bites are capable of leaving victims with extremely serious injuries, including severe lacerations, broken bones, nerve damage, muscle tears, and even traumatic brain injuries. Fortunately for victims, New Jersey is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites, which means that many dog bite victims are legally entitled to financial recovery even if the dog’s owner was not negligent in allowing the dog bite to occur. To learn whether you have a dog bite claim, you should speak with an experienced New Jersey dog bite attorney as soon as possible.
The Legal Process in a Dog Bite Case
After a dog bite, you are likely confused, upset, and uncertain about what to do next. It is important to remember that the legal process associated with recovering after a dog bite can be complicated and that a skilled attorney can help victims obtain the compensation to which they are entitled as quickly and easily as possible. In fact, when you retain an attorney, he or she will handle the entire process on your behalf with as little involvement from you as possible, allowing you to focus on your recovery. Some of the major steps involved in the New Jersey dog bite case process include the following:
- Investigating the Dog Bite – This step is really only necessary in cases where the dog’s owner refuses to admit liability. When this occurs, your lawyer will gather necessary evidence and establish that the owner should be held legally liable for the injuries that you have sustained.
- Establishing Damages – One of the key issues in dog bite cases is establishing the amount of damages owed. This can involve obtaining copies of medical records, showing that you have lost income because you have been unable to work, and also showing how the dog bite has affected you in non-economic ways, such as causing your physical pain and emotional suffering.
- Negotiating a Settlement Arrangement – The vast majority of dog bite cases are settled long before a lawsuit is ever filed. Settlements often involve significant back and forth between the parties to the case in order to arrive at a reasonable settlement offer that approximates what you would receive if you litigated the case. Your lawyer will thoroughly analyze your case and determine what it may be worth, ensuring that you get as much compensation as possible.
- Filing a Lawsuit – There are cases in which a dog’s owner is unwilling or unable to make a reasonable settlement offer. When this happens, it may become necessary to file a lawsuit in order to make sure that you receive the full value of your claim. Because of the complicated substantive and procedural rules associated with filing a lawsuit in the state of New Jersey, it is important for victims to have the representation of an attorney familiar with litigating personal injury cases.
Complications Associated with New Jersey Dog Bites
Dog bites can range from minor nips that cause scratches or bruises to all-out attacks that result in injuries that require surgery and even long-term hospitalization to treat. Some of the more common complications associated with dog bites include the following:
- Broken bones
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Impairment of bodily function
When these kinds of complications are present, a case can be worth significantly more than an average dog bite case. This is because long-term medical issues often require ongoing treatment and continued physical and emotional suffering, resulting in ongoing losses for victims that can last well into the future. Because they are worth more, they are often much more highly contested, making it all that much more important for victims to hire a skilled attorney.
Call the Law Offices of Kurt M. Resch, P.C. Today to Speak with a New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog attacks can be traumatic and violent events that can leave you with serious injuries. Fortunately, New Jersey law allows many dog bite victims to recover compensation from pet owners whose dogs injure others. New Jersey dog bite attorney Kurt M. Resch is an experienced advocate for the injured who is dedicated to ensuring that his clients receive the compensation to which they are entitled. Our office regularly works with clients in the counties of Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic, as well as in the surrounding areas. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Resch, call our office today at 201-488-5454 or send us an email through our online contact form.