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Man’s best friend can become your worst nightmare in an instant. Nearly 60 million households in the United States are home to at least one dog, and many New Jersey residents undoubtedly encounter dogs at the park, near the ocean, or while on a leisurely stroll around their neighborhood. Any one of these dogs – even a dog you know and recognize well – is capable of biting you or a loved one.
When you or a loved one has been bit or attacked by a dog in New Jersey, your life can be turned upside-down. You may require expensive medical treatment and ongoing therapy in order to fully recover from your injuries. You may need to miss work for days or weeks, resulting in a decrease in household income. This only adds to the mental anguish and pain you experience and the activities you are no longer able to enjoy as a result of the attack. You need an experienced New Jersey injury lawyer at your side.
Fortunately, the New Jersey dog bite attorneys of The Pearce Law Firm are here to help you and may be able to assist you in recovering monetary compensation for your dog bite injuries and related losses.
Dog Bite Statistics
Dog bite incidents happen much more frequently than you might think. According to a 2008 study, approximately 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency treatment for dog bites and dog attacks each day. Some estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hold that over 4 million people in the U.S. suffer dog bite injuries each year. Of these, almost 900,000 incidents are serious enough to require treatment at an emergency room or hospitalization.
Did you know:
- Dog bite attacks can cause a variety of injuries such as cuts and lacerations, puncture wounds, internal bleeding, amputation and disfigurement, and can transmit illnesses like rabies?
- Although some dog breeds, such as pit bulls, are statistically more likely to bite than others, any dog breed has the potential to bite you or a loved one?
- The majority of dog bite victims are children?
It is estimated that dog bites and dog attack injuries cost approximately $10 billion in annual medical expenses.
New Jersey Dog Bite Law
New Jersey statutes govern the legal liability a dog owner faces after his or her dog bites another. Like most other states, the general rule in New Jersey holds a dog owner responsible for all of the injuries his or her dog causes to another in a dog bite or attack. This is true even if the dog’s owner had no knowledge that the dog was prone to violence or even if the dog had never previously attacked another person.
There are exceptions to this general rule, however. A dog owner may not be responsible for injuries caused to a trespasser who is trespassing on the owner’s private property. Similarly, if another person was partly responsible for the incident – a negligent professional dog-walker, for instance – then you may need to also bring suit against that other individual in order to recover the maximum amount of compensation.
The experienced and knowledgeable South Jersey dog bite attorneys at The Pearce Law Firm are best suited to evaluate the facts of your dog bite or dog attack incident and determine what compensation – and from whom – you may be entitled to receive.
Why You Need a New Jersey Dog Bite Attorney
You may feel as if your dog bite injury case is “clear cut” and that you do not need an attorney to represent you. However, there are any number of potential problems with a dog bite case that can result in you receiving less compensation than you would otherwise get with an attorney’s assistance:
- You may not be able to identify the owner of the dog;
- You may not identify and bring suit against all parties responsible for your injuries; and/or
- You may not know how to admit certain crucial evidence and/or testimony to support your case.
The Pearce Law Firm can help you locate and preserve important evidence and persuasively present your case and claim in court. We vigorously represent our clients’ interests in court and out of court so they and their families can focus on their recovery following a dog bite attack. Contact The Pearce Law Firm at (215) 600-1433 or contact The Pearce Law Firm online to schedule a free initial consultation today.