New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer
Dogs may be called “man’s best friend,” but to millions of people each year, they become dangerous attackers. If you sustained a serious dog bite injury – or if your child was a dog attack victim – we can help. Call Console & Associates P.C.’s NJ dog bite lawyers today for your free consultation.
What to Expect After a Dog Bite
Every year, dogs bite close to 4,500,000 Americans. Half of the most seriously injured victims are defenseless children. Whether you yourself were the victim or you’re anxiously worrying over what will happen to your injured child, you need to know what to expect.
Getting Medical Care
After a serious dog bite injury, it’s essential that you get the medical care you need. If you went to the emergency room immediately following the attack, make sure you stick to all of the doctors’ instructions and that you follow up with the appropriate primary care or specialist providers.
If you didn’t get medical care right away, don’t wait any longer to address the problem. Call your doctor now. Not sure what type of doctor you need to see for your condition? Let our knowledgeable staff help you figure out which specialist makes the most sense for your injuries.
Waiting won’t help you, because many dog bites cause injuries that won’t simply go away on their own or could even get worse if ignored, such as:
- Cuts and lacerations that could become infected.
- Damage to nerves, tissues, tendons, and bones.
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement.
- Emotional and psychological trauma.
- Transmission of rabies, a deadly disease.
Depending on the injuries you suffered, you may need stitches or even reconstructive surgery. You might have to take a course of antibiotics to prevent infection or get a rabies shot if the dog wasn’t up-to-date- on vaccinations. Some of the most severe dog bite cases require the amputation of an irreversibly damaged limb.
All of this necessary care is costly. If you don’t have health insurance, you could be stuck paying all of the bills out-of-pocket. Even if you have health coverage, the deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance expenses can add up quickly. You’re not alone if you’re worried about how to afford this medical care. It’s a common problem among dog bite victims – but solving that problem can be easier than you think. It starts with a simple phone call.
Pursuing a Dog Bite Claim
New Jersey is what’s called a “strict liability” state. For you, this means one important thing: it doesn’t matter whether the dog that attacked you has a history of aggression. You can get the money damages you deserve no matter what.
Dogs don’t have legal standing, so the humans who own them are the ones considered legally responsible for the bite. However, the homeowner’s policy of the dog’s owner typically covers dog bite injuries, so you don’t have to worry that you’ll be seeking money from a friend or neighbor personally if you pursue a claim.
Many dog bite victims wonder what they need to do next. While the law is on your side in a New Jersey dog bite case, that doesn’t mean getting full compensation will be easy. You will need someone on your side who understands every aspect of the law, someone an insurance adjuster won’t be able to intimidate into accepting less than the maximum amount of compensation: a determined attorney with experience handling major, six-figure dog bite claims.
Getting Help from New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyers
At Console & Associates P.C., our New Jersey dog bite lawyers have the experience, dedication, and compassion you need to start moving forward with your recovery and your life. We’ll see that you’re able to afford the medical care you need, and we’ll fight to get you full compensation for all of your damages, from the wages you miss out on when you can’t work to any permanent pain or scarring you experience. There’s nothing easy about recovering from a dog bite, but we can make the situation easier for your family by taking away some of the stress you’re facing.
Give us a call today at (856) 778-5500. The consultation is free and private, and we’ll answer every question you have. You can get through this, and we can help.