Experienced New Jersey Dog Bite Attorneys & Dog Attack Lawyers Helping Victims of Bites & Attacks
You and your loved ones should be able to walk on the sidewalk without having to worry about your safety. A dog bite is more than just teeth marks on your arm. There can be serious physical and emotional scarring as a result of a dog attack.
Many people have misconceptions about dog bites that prevent them from filing a dog bite claim. Contact the experienced dog bite lawyers at Lombardi and Lombardi to get the facts and find out if you have a good case for your dog bite claim in Monmouth County, Ocean County or Middlesex County. We handle all dog bite cases on a contingency fee basis. That means no recovery, no fee.
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Dog Attacks Cause Serious Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Children are the most common victims of dog bites. Fifty percent of the victims of fatal dog attacks in the US in 2012 were children. Perhaps most disturbingly, 79 percent of these victims were children aged two years or younger. Children are especially vulnerable to dog attacks because of children’s bodies, especially the head and neck areas, are fragile and more easily injured during attacks.
Some of the most severe injuries suffered by victims of dog attacks include:
- Permanent physical injuries: Lacerations, puncture wounds, broken bones, nerve and tissue damage, blood loss, serious infections such as rabies or cellulitis, permanent disfigurement or scarring and death
- Mental anguish: Emotional harm, nightmares, and trauma
Proving Dog Owner Liability for Dog Attacks in Edison, New Jersey
Dog owners have a legal duty to control their dog’s actions. NJ law imposes strict liability. This means that the owner of a dog that viciously attacks another person is liable, regardless of the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s viciousness. Additionally, it does not matter whether the dog has been vicious in the past. There is no “one bite rule” in New Jersey. Even if the dog has no history of exhibiting aggressive behavior, the dog’s owner may be liable for an attack. This is an issue of premises liability; Lombardi & Lombardi’s personal injury lawyers will protect your rights.
Although New Jersey prohibits breed-specific ordinances, certain breeds of dogs are more likely to attack people and cause injuries:
- Pit bulls
- Siberian Huskies
- Great Danes
- Saint Bernards
- German Shepherds
- Presa Canarios
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If You’ve Been Attacked by a Dog in Freehold NJ, Contact an Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you are concerned about suing a close friend, family member, or neighbor, do not worry. Homeowner’s insurance typically provides coverage for dog bites. However, general liability insurance companies are notorious for limiting their initial settlement offers and paying only what they have to. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine what kind of insurance coverage the dog owner carries.
The experienced dog bite attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi will leave no stone unturned when investigating the circumstances that led to your animal attack. We know how to gather the evidence needed to prove your claim. Our successful trial lawyers have obtained more than $400 million in personal injury settlements and verdicts. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You can reach us by phone or simply use our online contact form.