One of the most startling occurrences is being bit by a dog. Dogs are usually friendly, loving animals, and a lot of vicious dogs can appear to be just like any other dog on the surface. However, some people fail to properly train, or even downright abuse their animals, and when this happens, people are at serious risk. If you are someone who was unsuspectedly bitten by a dog, you were most likely seriously injured and are now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, please read on to learn more about your legal options going forward.
What are the most common injuries sustained from dog bites?
Some dog bite injuries that have recovered compensation in the past are as follows:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Fractures or broken bones
- Permanent scarring
- Deep gashes from gnawing, often requiring stitches
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Can I sue a dog owner if I was bitten by their dog?
Fortunately, the “vicious dog law” allows those who have been severely injured from a dog attack to file a lawsuit against a negligent or abusive dog owner. The law essentially states that when a dog attacks another person or kills a domestic pet, the dog may be legally considered vicious. If your dog has bitten a person, you will attend a session in court where they will decide whether your dog should be considered “legally vicious or potentially dangerous.” If your dog is deemed vicious, you will be required to keep your dog locked in an enclosure, clearly display warning signs on your property, and obtain a special license to own your dog.
Those who have been attacked by a dog while either in public or while lawfully on another person’s private property usually have a shot at recovering financial compensation for the injuries they have sustained. However, keep in mind that if you were either taunting the dog, were trespassing, or it could be proven you prompted the attack in some way, you will most likely lose your right to compensation.
What should I do after I was bitten by a dog?
Once the attack has ended, you should collect witness information, contact the police, seek medical attention, and hire an experienced attorney who is ready to gather all the necessary evidence and documentation to prove your claim and win you the compensation you deserve.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. We understand the severity and immediacy of all personal injury claims and additional legal matters, and we provide each of our clients with compassionate and aggressive legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your legal case.