Dog Bite Lawyers
Our New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyers Handle Animal Attack Cases
Each year, 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites, half of them children. Of those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department and about a dozen die. The rate of dog bite-related injuries is highest for children ages one to nine years, and the rate decreases as children age. Almost two-thirds of injuries among children ages four years and younger are to the head or neck region.
You should seek out a New Jersey dog bite lawyer if you, your child or another loved one has been bitten by a dog and you are not its owner. The Keefe Law Firm works with clients who have suffered personal injuries and helps them seek restitution. We fight for the rights of individuals who have been injured in accidents, including dog bites and other animal attacks. We believe in justice and quality representation for everyone, especially victims of accidents caused by negligence.
What Causes a Dog to Bite Someone?
According to the Animal Veterinary Medical Foundation, a dog tends to bite due to some type of stress. It can be scared or startled. They might feel threatened and are trying to defend themselves. They could be sick or injured in some way. Some dogs might not have learned proper socialization with people or were abused, which has caused them to be more aggressive and fearful. Some breed dogs are naturally more aggressive. Pitt bulls and Rottweilers account for 60 percent of fatal dog attacks, but other potentially more aggressive breeds include the Siberian Husky, Saint Bernard, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Doberman Pinscher, Chow Chow, Alaskan Malamute and Akita.
However, a dog is its owner’s responsibility, and they are liable for a dog bite, as they should be taking steps to prevent their animal from attacking another person. If a dog bite or other animal attack occurs, bringing a lawsuit with the help of a New Jersey dog bite lawyer to obtain compensation for the injury and hold the responsible owner accountable can also work to prevent future attacks. Premises liability lawsuits of this type encourage owners to be more responsible with dangerous pets. It can also make the insurance companies who defend such actions more diligent in seeing to it their insureds are more responsible pet owners.
What Should I Do After a Dog Bite?
Dog attacks can cause serious personal injury such as cuts and severe lacerations including scarring on the face. Attacks can also cause broken bones or torn skin, severe emotional distress and even traumatic brain injury in some cases. After being attacked, you should immediately wash the wound and bandage it. If the bite has pierced the skin, you should see a doctor right away. A dog bite or animal attack can possibly lead to rabies or an infection, so you should be checked out. If the dog is not yours, its owner might be held liable for their animal and you can bring a dog bite claim against them.
Victims of dog or animal bites often wrongly believe that there is no legal recourse because the act however painful was performed by an animal or because the animal does not know any better or because of a general reluctance to sue over something as simple as a bite. Such perceptions, though sympathetic and favorable to animals as they may be, clearly fail to understand the relevant law. The law does not hold the dog or animal responsible. It is the owner of the dog or animal who has a legal duty and obligation to ensure that his/her pet does not cause harm or injury to others. The owner is ultimately responsible for his/her pet including the harm which that animal may inflict upon another. People who are sued because of a dangerous pet may typically be covered under some kind of insurance such as homeowners or general liability insurance. You should ask a New Jersey dog bite lawyer for more information about a lawsuit.
Contact New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyers for a Free Consultation
The New Jersey dog bite lawyers at Keefe Law Firm represent men, women and children who have been bitten or attacked by dogs, pets and various types of vicious animals. We will advise you if we feel your case is meritorious and if we would agree to represent you. A successful dog bite case can compensate the victim, and can also work to protect men, women and children from the risks of serious harm and injury from dog bites and attacks by vicious and dangerous animals by discouraging irresponsible dog ownership.
For a free trial consultation, call us at (866) 575-5000 or contact us online to see if we can help you.