Proven Springfield Dog Bite Attorney
Helping You Recover Full and Fair Compensation after a Dog Bite Injury
Most of the time, a dog deserves its well-known reputation as “man’s best friend.” But too often, owners tolerate or even encourage aggressive behavior from a pet, and then fail to take reasonable steps to protect people who innocently come in contact with the animal. An attack from a vicious dog can have horrific consequences, leaving you physically and mentally scarred. If you have been bitten, mauled or otherwise attacked by someone else’s dog, you want an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to help you get full and fair compensation for all your losses. The Lee Law Firm, in Springfield, New Jersey, can help.
Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer in Springfield
For more than 30 years, attorney Edward Lee has fought to protect the legal right of injured men and women in Springfield and across New Jersey, including people who have suffered needless injury in a dog attack. A highly respected trial lawyer, Ed has been certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court since 2005. The National Association of Distinguished Counsel has named him among the “Top One Percent” of attorneys and he’s also been listed as a New Jersey Super Lawyer. His clients have given him an Excellent rating with Avvo and he’s a Top Lawyer Lifetime Member of the Global Directory of Who’s Who.
There’s no charge or obligation for your first consultation.
Do You Have a Dog Bite Claim?
In New Jersey, as in many states, the principle of “strict liability” applies when someone is bitten by a dog. In most personal injury claims, which are based on “negligence,” the injured person must show that the defendant (person from whom compensation is sought) acted unreasonably or failed to exercise ordinary care. Under the principle of strict liability, there’s no requirement that the injured party prove negligence. Typically, if the defendant meets the requirements set forth in the statute, he or she will be liable.
Under New Jersey’s strict liability statute, a dog’s owner will be responsible for any losses suffered if his or her dog bites someone who was either on public property or legally visiting private property at the time of the attack. There is no need to prove that the dog’s owner knew or should have known that the animal had exhibited aggressive behavior or tried to bite someone in the past.
Accordingly, if you have been bitten by someone else’s dog (even if the dog is on a leash), you’ll generally have a claim, with the following exceptions:
- You were trespassing on the dog owner’s property at the time of the attack
- You provoked the dog
What Types of Compensation Are Available When You’ve Been the Victim of a Dog Attack?
You have a right to pursue damages for all injury and loss caused by the attack, including:
- Any lost income or wages
- Any unreimbursed medical expenses arising out of the attack
- Physical and mental pain or anguish resulting from the attack
- Your inability to engage in normal activities of daily life or to do things you can no longer do because of your injuries—your so-called “loss of enjoyment of life”
- Your loss of consortium or companionship caused by your injuries
- Any property damage or loss caused by the attack
It’s important to understand that, while the New Jersey strict liability statute only applies to dog bites, you can still file a civil lawsuit alleging negligence for any other type of dog attack. If you were mauled or knocked down, for example, and suffered any type of injury, you can allege negligence and pursue damages.
We can help you recover compensation for any type of injuries caused by a dog bite or animal attack, including sprains or strains, connective tissue injury, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, permanent scarring and disfigurement, paralysis, mental anguish or amputation/loss of limb. We also handle wrongful death claims arising out of dog attacks.
What Happens If You Were Partially Responsible for a Springfield Dog Bite or Attack?
It’s not unusual for both parties to an accident to have some responsibility for causing an accident. Under the comparative negligence laws that apply in New Jersey, an injured party’s negligence can be used to reduce the amount of compensation received. If the injured party was primarily responsible for causing the accident or injury, recovery may be barred.
What Are The Potential Legal Implications for the Dog’s Owner?
If an animal control officer determines that a specific dog poses a threat because of an unprovoked attack on a person (or another animal), the dog can be impounded. The court will typically hold a hearing to determine whether the dog poses a risk to others. If so, the dog’s owner may be required to obtain a special license for the dog, post warning signs on his or her property, lock the dog in a specific type of enclosure or keep the dog muzzled on a strong leash. Failure to obey the court order can result in daily fines of up to $1,000. The court also has the power to order that a dog be euthanized.
Free Consultations Available—Springfield, NJ Dog Bite Lawyer
Protect your legal rights when you have been the victim of a dog bite or animal attack. Call us at 973-315-9080 or contact the Lee Law Firm online to schedule a free initial consultation with the Lee Law Firm. We can come to your home or the hospital to meet with you, if necessary. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. We accept all major credit cards. Nosotros hablamos Español!
Don’t let concerns about the costs of legal representation keep you from protecting your rights. We’ll handle your dog bite or animal attack claim on a contingency basis. You won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.
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