While dogs may be known as “man’s best friend”, at the end of the day they are animals, and can attack without warning or obvious provocation at any time. In fact, almost 4.5 million Americans every year are bitten by dogs, often causing serious injury.
If you or your child has been injured because of a dog bite, it is important that you recover the compensation you need and deserve. Thankfully, New Jersey state law allows dog bite victims to recover compensation through the homeowner insurance policy of dog owners, so not only can you recover full and fair compensation, you do not have to worry about leaving a neighbor destitute in the process.
At The Law Office of Fredson and Statmore, our attorneys have extensive experience recovering compensation for clients across Wayne, Clifton, Paterson, West Milford, and the greater Passaic County area in personal injury claims of all kinds, including dog bite injury claims. Contact our firm today to discuss your dog bite injury and your options for recovering compensation in a free and confidential consultation.
As with any injury, the first and most important thing you should do if you or your child was bitten by a dog is to seek immediate medical attention. Especially in the case of a child, dog bites can cause serious, sometimes life-threatening damage, and the sooner you seek medical attention, the greater a chance you will have of preventing long-term medical issues such as infections, disease, and permanent scarring.
After you have obtained the necessary medical treatment, you may wish to consult with a Passaic County dog bite injury attorney, depending on the severity of the injuries you or your child sustained. Many common dog bite injuries can result in great medical expense, and your attorney can advise you on your options for recovering compensation for those expenses.
For example, dog bite injuries can cause:
All of these injuries can require expensive medical treatment, and depending on the circumstances of the dog bite, you may be able to recover compensation for these costs from the insurance company of the dog’s owner.
Dog bite claims are considered a type of premises liability, meaning the owner of that property is liable for injuries sustained on that property. Furthermore, dog bite claims operate on a strict liability basis, meaning that you and your Passaic County dog bite attorney will not have to prove any kind of fault in order to recover compensation.
However, you will need to prove that you were legally on the property where the dog bite occurred. So if you or your child were trespassing on private property, you may not be able to recover compensation, but if you were on public property, or invited to the home where the dog bite occurred, you most likely will be able to recover compensation for any injuries resulting from the dog attack.
Beyond proving that you were legally present on the property, you will need to prove that the dog bite occurred on said property, and also prove the extent of the medical costs you are claiming. Our experienced dog bite attorneys will be able to gather, and present, the evidence necessary to not only proving that the dog bite occurred where you say it did, but by consulting with medical experts, also prove that the dog bite caused the injuries you are claiming it did.
As previously mentioned, if the dog bite occurred on private property, the compensation you recover will be paid through the property owners homeowner’s insurance policy.
If the dog bite occurred on public property, that property’s premises liability insurance policy would be liable for damages caused.
Of course, recovering full and fair compensation from any insurance company is not always an easy, or pain-less process. As for-profit business, insurance companies are beholden to their own bottom-line, and as such it is highly recommended that when pursuing compensation for your dog bite injuries, you retain the services of an attorney experienced in dealing with insurance companies, and recovering full and fair compensation from them.
At The Law Office of Fredson and Statmore, we have extensive experience recovering compensation for clients across Wayne, Clifton, Paterson, West Milford, and the greater Passaic County area in injury cases of all kinds, including dog bite injuries.
With over 50 years of combined experience, our attorneys have honed their craft of providing informative, attentive, effective, and compassionate legal counsel, and we are ready to put those services to work for you today.
To speak with our firm today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any injuries you or your child has sustained as a result of a dog bite, and your potential options for recovering compensation, please contact us online, or through our Clifton, NJ office at (973) 771-5259.