Defending You When You Have Suffered A Dog Bite Or Animal Attack
In New Jersey, dog owners are considered liable when their dog bites someone, even if it is the first time the dog has attacked. You have the right to hold the owner responsible for at least your medical bills.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that over 4 million people are bitten by dogs every year. Many of these are children and this type of personal injury can be disfiguring as well as cause mental trauma and fear of dogs for the rest of a person’s life.
Do’s And Don’ts
If you have been bitten by a dog in Ocean County or Monmouth County, things that you must do right away are:
- Get medical treatment to prevent the injury from getting worse
- Contact the police and animal control
- Document the injury with pictures and doctors’ reports
- Get the personal and insurance information of the dog’s owner
- Get the personal information of any witnesses to the attack
- Call us to get your investigation going as soon as possible
Things you should not do are:
- Ignore the wounds – dog bites can be very serious and get infected easily
- Sign any statement or document from the dog owner, property owner or insurance agent without having your own legal counsel
How Silvi, Fedele & Honschke Can Help
We have recovered over $50 million for our clients since 1986. Our New Jersey lawyers understand how insurance companies work because we have defended insurance companies in the past. We know what it’s like to be “on the other side of the table.”
We will collect and prepare all of the evidence to bring your case to the insurance company of the dog owner, or to trial if necessary. We will take pictures of the scene of the attack if possible, interview witnesses, talk with your doctors about the severity of the injury and help you see to it that your wounds are properly treated, including reconstructive surgery if required.