New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyers: What Victims Should Know
An estimated 70 million people in the United States are dog owners. I’m one of them – the proud owner of a Mini Goldendoodle named Charlie.
In most cases, dogs are like a best friend – friendly, gentle and loving. But, any dog can bite if provoked. They can bite as a reaction to something – if they are startled, scared, not feeling well, engaged in play or protecting their owner(s) or house from perceived danger.
The fact is dog bite accidents are a serious problem. There are approximately 4.5 million dog-bite incidents every year in the United States and 885,000 bites per year — almost one out of every five — are serious enough to require medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)
So, what happens if you are bitten by a dog? Can you sue the dog owner for injuries and other damages?
Most states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, impose statutory strict liability for dog attacks, making the owner of a dog legally liable to a victim who was bitten regardless of whether the defendant could have done anything to prevent the event.
A dog bite victim may have physical injuries and psychological injuries and many people do not realize that dog bites can result in large settlements. For example, one of our clients recently received a $100,000 settlement for a dog bite. The 6-year old victim had permanent scarring from her injuries and experienced psychological trauma from the incident, including ongoing nightmares and subsequent fear of dogs.
If you or a loved one is bitten by someone else’s dog, it is always prudent to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in New Jersey who can help investigate your case to determine liability and help you recover the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. To speak with a dog bite lawyer at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore, call 800-CANT-WORK or 856-761-1222 or contact us online.