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What Compensation Can You Seek for a Dog Bite Injury in New Jersey?

Dog Bite Personal Injury
January 15, 2024
By
Lee Law Firm, LLC

Experiencing a dog bite can be a traumatic event, leading to both physical injury and emotional distress. In New Jersey, the law provides specific avenues for victims of dog bites to seek compensation. At Edward Lee Law Firm, LLC, our expertise in personal injury law, particularly in cases involving animal attacks, ensures that our clients receive the comprehensive legal support they need during such challenging times.

In this article, we explore the types of compensation available for dog bite victims in New Jersey, helping you understand your rights and the legal options available to you.

Understanding Dog Bite Laws in New Jersey

New Jersey operates under a 'strict liability' dog bite law. This means that the dog owner is liable for any bite injuries their dog causes, regardless of the dog's previous behavior. This law simplifies the process for victims seeking compensation, as they do not have to prove the owner's negligence or the dog's history of aggression.

However, cases like these can still be complex. Certain factors, such as the circumstances surrounding the bite and the severity of the injuries sustained, often have a significant impact on the legal process and the compensation you can claim.

Medical Expenses: Immediate and Long-term

The most apparent form of compensation following a dog bite is covering medical expenses. These costs can range from emergency treatment and surgery to rehabilitation and future medical care, depending on the severity of the injuries. Our dog bite attorneys are skilled in accurately assessing and documenting these expenses to ensure they are fully covered in your claim.

Long-term medical care, such as plastic surgery for scars or therapy for muscle damage, is also considered. We strive to ensure that your compensation covers both your immediate and future medical needs.

Lost Wages and Loss of Earning Capacity

For many victims, a dog bite can result in taking time off work, which leads to lost wages. In more severe cases, the injuries might affect your ability to return to your previous job or reduce your earning capacity. Compensation for lost wages and loss of earning capacity is essential to securing your financial stability during recovery and beyond.

Our team works diligently to calculate these losses accurately, including potential future earnings, ensuring that your financial security is preserved.

Pain, Suffering, and Emotional Trauma

Beyond the physical injuries, dog bites often leave emotional scars. Victims might experience anxiety, fear of dogs, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These emotional impacts are acknowledged under New Jersey law as 'pain and suffering.' This category of non-economic damages, though challenging to quantify, is crucial for a comprehensive compensation claim.

At Edward Lee Law Firm, LLC, we understand the importance of addressing these psychological impacts. Our compassionate approach ensures that your emotional and psychological traumas are not overlooked in your legal journey.

Punitive Damages in Extreme Cases

In certain cases where the dog owner acts recklessly, negligently, or maliciously, punitive damages may be awarded. The purpose of this is not to compensate the victim, but rather to punish the owner and prevent similar actions in the future. While not common in dog bite cases, our legal team is prepared to pursue punitive damages if the situation warrants it.

Punitive damages require a different approach, and our expertise in personal injury law is crucial in navigating these unique legal challenges.

Why Legal Representation is Critical

Securing fair compensation in a dog bite case requires understanding the intricacies of New Jersey's legal system. Each case has its own complexities, and the support of experienced legal counsel is invaluable. From gathering evidence to negotiating with insurance companies and, if necessary, representing you in court, our team is committed to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a dog bite, you don't have to handle these challenging times alone. For more information on how we can assist you, reach out to us today. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring your rights are protected and your recovery is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Contact Our Office

At Lee Law Firm, we have extensive knowledge and experience successfully handling personal injury claims. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis—you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.

Call us at 973-315-9080 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We are available to meet with you evenings and weekends, if necessary. We welcome all major credit cards. ¡Nosotros hablamos español!

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