Three people were recently hospitalized for bites to their legs after being attacked by a pair of pit bulls in a Hoboken, New Jersey apartment. According to a news12.com article, one of the individuals injured during the attack was the owner of the two pit bulls. At the time of the report’s release, the names of the injured victims who were taken to Jersey City Medical Center for their bite injuries were not released.
In working to advocate dog bite prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the public with helpful information regarding dog bites. For instance, the CDC suggests that no one should ever disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, or caring for puppies. It is also important to only pet a dog after it has seen and sniffed you first; and even then, it may not be a good idea to pet the dog at all. Considering that approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year and that almost one in five of those who are bitten require medical attention for their dog bite-related injuries, it is very important to know how to be safe around dogs as both an owner and a stranger.
Although the exact cause of the aforementioned pit bull attack was not included in the report, there are several reasons why the incident may have occurred. It may even be as simple as the fact that two pit bulls were together in the same room and were not familiar with having other people in their presence. If some form of negligence on the part of the dog owner contributed to the dog attack and subsequent injuries, those who were hurt may be able to hold the owner liable for damages.
At Lependorf & Silverstein, our New Jersey dog bite injury attorneys have handled several dog bite cases for individuals who have endured injury, disfigurement, and trauma from a dog attack. We may be able to help you obtain compensation to cover medical bills, loss of past and future earnings, pain and suffering, and, if needed, the cost of reconstructive surgery. A dog bite victim in New Jersey needs to act fast in pursuing an injury claim. Call Lependorf & Silverstein today for a free consultation of your case.