If you get bit by a dog, you can sue a negligent owner. A dog attack can cause serious injuries and psychological trauma. Someone who does not take steps to keep others safe from their pet needs to be held accountable and our New Jersey dog bite lawyers are ready to help you do that.
When is an Owner Liable for a Dog Attack?
An owner is liable for a dog attack when they know that their dog could present a danger to others, but they do nothing to keep the people around them safe. They should be held liable in situations where:
- Their dog is reactive to other dogs, but they go to a dog park
- Their dog is nervous around people, but they go to a crowded event
- They know their dog lunges, but they do not hold them closer when people or animals pass by
- They have a fence but there is a hole or other easy escape method for their dog
If a dog owner is not taking steps to protect other people and pets from their dog, they are irresponsible and should be held accountable for the damage caused.
Can I Be Blamed for a Dog Attack?
In some cases, a dog owner will try to argue that the dog attack was the victim’s fault. This is generally only an argument that works if you are trespassing or if you provoke the animal. If you are on private or public property lawfully and you have done nothing to antagonize the dog, this argument is likely to fail.
What Kinds of Injuries Are Common in Dog Attacks?
Dog attacks can result in minor scrapes, but they can also cause deep wounds and serious injuries. Common injuries caused by dog claws and teeth include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Eye injuries
- Spine injuries
Dogs can also knock people down, causing additional injuries. Even if a dog’s bite was not the cause of an injury, it should be considered when compensation is calculated.
How Can a Lawyer Assist in My Dog Attack Case?
A personal injury lawyer cannot guarantee an outcome, but you can be sure that they will do their best to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. Your attorney can:
- Gather evidence, like a dog’s bite history or photos of a broken fence
- Talk to eyewitnesses
- Calculate fair compensation
- Speak to medical experts about your long-term prognosis
- Protect you from any accusations of wrongdoing
- Help you file your case before the statute of limitations expires
- Handle all communications with lawyers, insurance companies, and other parties on your behalf
Talk to an Attorney Today
If you are ready to sue for compensation, contact Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC. We can set up a consultation and take a closer look at your case. It’s time to learn more about how our personal injury attorneys can help you.