Many of us own pets, and as a dog owner, we recognize our responsibility to protect ourselves and those around us from a dog that might become dangerous. Being bitten by a dog is a traumatic experience, both psychologically and physically.
If you have been bitten by a dog, you have important rights and privileges to consider. The trauma of being bitten could make it difficult for you to gather evidence and to remember the steps that are needed to ensure that you are compensated for your medical bills and lost wages. Additionally, insurance companies may resist working with you because it’s not in their corporate interest to pay your claim.
This can happen, although New Jersey is among the majority of states that make a dog owner legally responsible for all of the damages suffered by a dog bite victim, even if the dog had never previously bitten a human. A dog bite could result in serious medical complications including maiming, scarring or worse, requiring extended care and rehabilitation.
What To Do After You’ve Been Bitten
If you were bitten, you will need to prove that the defendant owned the dog, the dog bit you and that you were in a public place or lawfully on the owner’s property. “Bite” does not necessarily involve breaking the skin of the victim either. Additionally, a domestic partner who appeared to be an owner of the dog will also be held responsible as an owner.
If you did not go to the doctor or hospital immediately following being bitten, there are necessary steps you should take that will help you better represent your case:
- Call the police
- Take photographs of the scene and also of the dog that bit you
- Seek out witnesses and document what they saw as well as their contact information
- Seek medical attention. Afterward, keep records of all medical procedures and bills that you incur as a result of your injury
- Call your insurance company
- Contact CourtLaw today. We can help.
Contact Personal Injury Attorneys After a Dog Bite
Whatever the type of accident and injury, our attorneys build strong cases in preparation for a lawsuit or complex insurance claim. We consult with experts and specialists, assemble all medical and employment records and interview witnesses. We spend the time needed to identify all sources of insurance coverage so that our injured clients can receive maximum damages and compensation. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.
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