People who have a dog usually love them so much that they are considered a member of the family. While these animals can be fun and loving, they can also be dangerous if they do not receive the proper training. When a dog attacks and bites someone, it can result in serious injuries. As a result of this, injured parties can pursue legal action against the dog owner for negligence with the assistance of a skilled New Jersey personal injury attorney.
How Do I Know if I Have a Lawsuit?
After a dog attack, the person who sustains an injury may be able to recover compensation from the owner for any damages incurred. To do so, they are required to prove the owner was not in control of their dog when the attack happened. This may happen if the dog jumped out at the individual while they were walking by or was on the owner’s property. It is important to know that if the injured party was provoking the dog, threatening it, or trespassing on the owner’s property at the time of the accident, they may not have grounds for a lawsuit.
How Do I Win a Lawsuit?
In order to have a successful lawsuit against a dog owner after an accident, the injured party must prove that the owner was negligent. This can be done by showing the dog owner was not in control of their pet at the time of the accident. It can also be accomplished by showing that the dog had a history of violent tendencies and the dog owner did nothing to correct this behavior. While this can be difficult to prove, it is possible to look into the history of the dog to see if other claims were made against it with the help of an attorney.
What Other Evidence Do I Need?
In addition to the dog’s history, there is other evidence that can help to back up a claim. This can include:
- Security footage of the accident if it happened in a public place
- Police reports from the accident
- Medical documentation of the injuries
- Witness statements to verify the claim
Contact our Firm
If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an automobile accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. CONTACT US TODAY!