A dog attack can be physically and emotionally devastating for a victim. From permanent scars to long-term psychological distress, a dog bite can inflict many injuries on a survivor. If you are the victim of a dog attack in Paterson, New Jersey, the attorneys at Console & Associates PC may be able to help you seek compensation from the pet owner or another party. Contact us to request a free dog attack case review.
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When to Hire a Dog Bite Attorney
If a dog attacked you in Paterson and inflicted serious injuries, such as disfiguring lacerations or severe emotional trauma, you may need an attorney to help you fight for fair compensation. An insurance company might try to get out of paying you what your injuries demand. Our Paterson personal injury lawyers can match an insurance adjuster’s negotiation tactics and work for maximum compensation on your behalf. A lawyer can also help you navigate New Jersey’s dog bite laws and even take a claim to court, if necessary, for full recovery.
Is the Dog Owner Liable?
In New Jersey, lawmakers enforce a strict liability dog bite law. This means the dog’s owner will be legally and financially responsible for your damages, in most cases. While in one-bite states, an owner will only be liable if he or she should have known of the dog’s propensity for violence and done something to prevent an attack, in a strict liability state, it does not matter whether or not the owner was negligent. Either way, it will be the pet owner’s responsibility to pay for your medical bills and property repairs.
Getting the pet owner to pay, however, could be tricky. The pet owner may refute liability by trying to allege your comparative fault. The owner may say you provoked the attack, for instance, or that you were trespassing. The owner’s insurance company may also deny your claim or try to pay you less than you think you deserve. Hire a Paterson dog bite lawyer if you need assistance with a difficult or high-value claim.
Seek Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries
You should not have to pay for your serious or catastrophic injuries if you survived a dog attack in New Jersey. The pet owner may lawfully owe you compensation for your hospital bills, medical treatments, long-term care, permanent injuries, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and other damages. If you have serious injuries, you may need to bring a lawsuit against the pet owner for fair recovery instead of trying to settle an insurance claim yourself.
Serious lacerations or punctures
Temporary or permanent disabilities
Severe emotional distress
The wrongful death of a loved one
If your lawyer can prove the pet owner was careless in the control of his or her dog, and that this contributed to the attack, you could receive greater compensation from the pet owner during a lawsuit in Passaic County. While the strict liability law will not apply in these cases, proving negligence or a breach of duty could end in a monetary award. Speak to an attorney for counsel about your specific dog attack claim.
Contact a Paterson Dog Attack Attorney Today
You do not have to go up against a pet owner alone after a serious dog attack in Paterson, New Jersey. The attorneys at Console & Associates PC can help you with an insurance claim and/or a personal injury lawsuit. Please call (862) 229-1137 for our closest office location, in Newark. We also take online consultation requests.
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