Haddon Township Dog Bite Attorneys
Why You Need a New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer From Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles
Did you, your child, or someone else close to you, suffer injuries as a result of a dog bite or dog attack in the state of New Jersey? The experienced dog bite attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles represent people who have been hurt by someone else’s dog. We fight to hold owners accountable when they fail to keep their pets from harming others.
Dog owners have a responsibility to control their pets and keep anyone who comes in contact with them safe. If they fail in this duty, you may be entitled to hold them financially accountable.
At Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles, our New Jersey dog bite attorneys have over 100 years of experience with regard to dog bite and dog attack cases. They have aggressively and successfully pursued these types of claims.
Who is Responsible for a Dog Bite Injury
Many people who have been bitten by dogs are often reluctant to file a personal injury claim because the dog owners involved could be friends, family members or neighbors. Fortunately, most dog bites are usually covered by a dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company.
This means that the insurance company will be the one responsible for paying you for your dog bite damages. The money will not come out of the dog owners pocket, unless you want to personally sue the dog owner for money above the available insurance coverage.
Compensation for Dog Bites
When you are bitten by a dog you are entitled to recover all of the costs associated with the injuries, as well as pain and suffering, you sustained in the dog bite/attack. These damages are called compensatory damages and involve both economic and non-economic losses.
Common types of economic damages include medical bills, past lost wages, future lost wages, and any property damage caused by the dog.
Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, scarring, and loss of consortium.
Although most dog bite cases settle, sometimes they do go to trial and it is important to have an experienced and competent attorney on your side. The dog bite attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles have extensive experience in dog bite and dog attack cases and have successfully resolved these types of cases for over 50 years.
What to Do if You Are Bitten by a Dog
When you have been bitten by a dog or attacked by a dog, make sure that you receive medical attention immediately. Even if you do not think the bite was serious, you should still be evaluated by a medical professional to ensure that you get proper care such as, evaluating for possible infection and rabies.
Once you are sure that your injuries are stable, call the dog bite attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles to ensure that all of your rights are protected.
Take pictures of your injuries while they are at their worst. Additionally, make sure that you call the local police and animal control agency as soon as possible in order to make an official record of the dog bite or dog attack.
If you know the dog owner, make sure you have all of their contact information, including their insurance information, if possible. If the dog owner is not a person that you know particularly well, you should get their name and phone number. Do not hesitate to ask for a driver’s license to confirm their identity. If possible, take a picture of the dog owner as well as the dog.
If the dog owner is insured, you will likely hear from the dog owner’s insurance company in a short period of time. Do not give them any information. Do not give them a recorded statement. Simply tell them that you are represented by a Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles dog bite attorney and provide them with our phone number. Remember, any statement made by you can be used against you at the time of arbitration and/or trial and there is nothing to be gained by you speaking to the insurance company.
As soon as you contact the dog bite attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles, we will immediately investigate your case, take the appropriate pictures, gather the appropriate evidence and move forward with your case.
Understanding Complications From Dog Bite Injuries
A report published in Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM), the official flagship journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), found that the aggregated cost of the dog bite-related hospitalizations in the United States was approximately $53.9 million annually. The average cost of a dog bite-related hospitalization was “substantially more than the average injury-related hospitalization.”
Some of the injuries people may suffer because of dog bites include:
- Puncture wounds
- Neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Eye injuries
- Facial injuries
- Permanent scarring
There can also be significant psychological consequences to dog bites, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dog bites may also result in rabies, tetanus, pasteurella, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), or capnocytophaga bacteria.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that the rate of infection after dog bites is 10 percent to 15 percent. The symptoms of an infection may include fever, chills, tenderness or loss of sensation around the bite, muscle weakness, oozing from the wound, fatigue, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, or convulsions or spasms.
Some dog bite injuries may require plastic surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons stated that 28,079 people underwent reconstructive procedures related to dog bite repair during a single recent year.
Dog Bite Laws in New Jersey
Under New Jersey the owner of any dog that bites a person is liable for damages suffered by a victim when a person is in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including on the dog owner’s property. The viciousness of a dog and the owner’s knowledge of that viciousness is not relevant to these cases.
In other words, New Jersey is considered a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. Dog bite victims essentially only need to prove that they were bitten by the dog. This is different from some other states that have employed “one-bite” rules that allow dog owners to escape liability for dog bites when the dog had no previous history of aggressive behavior.
Because New Jersey law requires dog bite victims to have lawfully been on the property where they were attacked, trespassing is a common defense against many dog bite claims. It is important to remember that New Jersey Law states that people who are on a property while performing certain duties, including the postal service, are legally on the property. This provision provides protection to one of the most common kinds of dog bite victims: employees of the United States Postal Service.
In many states, if the dog bite victim provoked the dog, they may not be eligible for compensation. However, New Jersey statutes do not make an exception for provocation. This means that even if the dog owner argues that you provoked the dog, you may still be able to recover compensation.
How Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles Dog Bite Attorneys Can Help
If you, or a loved one, sustained any type of injury sustained any type of injury by a dog bite or dog attack in New Jersey, you may be able to recover financial compensation for those injuries, expenses and losses. The dog bite attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles will efficiently and effectively handle your case while you focus on your recovery.
The personal injury attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles have over 100 years of combined experience serving injured people in New Jersey. We aggressively, diligently, and successfully handle these claims obtaining the maximum recovery for our clients.
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