New Jersey Dog Bites & Attacks
Nearly one-third of all households in New Jersey have a dog. Dogs bring much joy to our lives—they greet us at the door after a long day of work, make for great walking partners, and even protect us from harm at times. However, sometimes dogs react aggressively and bite, maul, and attack other individuals. The New Jersey dog bite, attack, and maulings lawyers at Aretsky Law Group, P.C. are experienced in various types of dog bite claims and have assisted dozens of clients in these traumatic cases.
In New Jersey, a dog owner is generally liable for injuries the dog causes to others—even if the dog had never exhibited aggressive behavior before. A dog owner may be liable for a multitude of damages in a dog bite case, including:
- Medical bills, including surgical bills, physical therapy bills, prescription bills, and other such expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
These are just a few of the damages an injured victim may be able to claim in a dog bite case.
If you have been attacked by a dog, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. There are deadlines in place that limit how long an injured victim has to file a claim to recover damages.
There are also defenses that the dog owner may try to raise in a dog bite case. For example, the dog owner may argue that the victim was provoking the dog before the dog attacked. In other cases, the owner may claim that the victim was trespassing at the time of the attack in an attempt to avoid liability. To recover damages in a dog bite claim, the victim must demonstrate that he or she was either 1) on public property (such as a park) or 2) was lawfully on private property. Even if not specifically invited on the property, individuals such as mail carriers and meter readers may argue they had a right to be on the dog owner’s property at the time of the attack.Contact Our Office Today to Learn About Your Legal Options
At Aretsky Law Group, P.C., our dog bite injury attorneys are dedicated to our clients. We ensure that every avenue of recovery is pursued in your case. To schedule a consultation, call 800-537-4154 today.