Essex County Dog Bite Lawyer

animal attack lawyersDogs are one of the most-beloved pets in the United States, but sometimes even a friendly dog can attack and bite. In New Jersey, there is no “first bite free” rule for dogs. This means that a dog’s owner may be held legally responsible for all injuries, even if the dog has never bitten anyone before.

After a dog attack, it is advisable to contact an experienced New Jersey dog bite lawyer.  A lawyer can analyze the facts of your case, explain your rights and options, and seek compensation for damages in court when appropriate.

Not Just Vicious Dogs

Whether you love dogs or are wary of them, getting attacked and bitten by a dog is a terrifying experience. Besides the obvious injuries you receive from the bite, you may be emotionally scarred by the experience of being attacked by an animal.

Not all dog bites are caused by vicious dogs or by specific breeds such as Pit Bulls. Any dog has the potential to attack, even your neighbor’s friendly mutt.  An experienced dog bite law firm can help seek the compensation you deserve for any type of dog bite injury.

Questions to Answer Soon After the Dog Bite Attack

If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog and believe that you may possess a legal claim, it is important to try and gather as much information as possible after the attack.  After you’ve obtained appropriate medical treatment, you should attempt to get answers to the following questions to preserve your rights and support a possible legal claim:

  • Were you on public or private property when attacked?
  • If private property, were you invited or performing a service of some kind?
  • Was the animal a stray or a pet?
  • Was the dog on a leash?
  • Did other people witness the attack?
  • Has the dog previously bitten anyone?
  • Did the dog owner warn you to stay away from the dog?
  • Did you approach the dog or did the dog come after you?
  • Was the dog fenced-in by either a physical or electronic fence?

These are just a few of the questions that a dog bite lawyer will ask you. The idea is to basically gather as many facts surrounding the attack as possible.  Also, it helps to keep copies of all medical bills, insurance records, incident reports, lost wages, etc.

If you have been injured as a result of a dog bite, contact The Reinartz Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation.