Dogs are known as man’s best friend, and not without reason. Most often, dogs are compassionate, well-behaved animals who we love, and sometimes forget they are even animals, to begin with. However, there are certain owners who fail to properly train their dogs. If you have been attacked by a dog, there is a good chance you may be entitled to compensation. If you are unsure of what route to take, read on and reach out to a seasoned Morris County dog bite attorney from Lutz Injury Law to learn more about how our firm can assist you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do I know if I am entitled to compensation after I was attacked by a dog?
According to New Jersey’s “vicious dog law,” if a dog attacks another person or kills a domestic pet, it can be listed as vicious. New Jersey is also a strict liability state. This means that if you were bitten by a dog under certain circumstances, you may hold the dog owner accountable. If you were bitten by a dog either on public property or if you were lawfully on someone’s private property, you will most likely be entitled to financial compensation. However, you should also keep in mind that if you were trespassing or if you taunted the dog, the owner may not be held liable.
Additionally, if an incident occurs that causes an animal control officer to believe the dog bit an innocent person, he or she may make the decision to impound the dog. If you are the dog’s owner, you may have to attend a session in court where they will determine whether your dog is legally “vicious or potentially dangerous.” If they deem it is, you may be required to keep your dog in a locked enclosure or with a muzzle in public, have warning signs on your property, and get a special license to continue owning your dog.
What should I do after a dog bite?
As stated above, you will have to prove you were injured due to a negligent owner’s dog bite. In order to prove your claim, you should contact emergency services so law enforcement may document the incident. Additionally, you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible, as a medical professional will document the details of your dog bite injury, which you may also use to prove your claim. Lastly, ask any witnesses of the incident to confirm your claim in court, if need be.
Above all, hire an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for your right to financial compensation.