Victims of New Jersey dog bites have legal options to recover financial and non-economic losses suffered in the attack. The steps taken by the victim following a dog attack may affect their ability to pursue compensation for damages. First, a victim must identify the animal involved in the attack, who the dog’s owner is and if the animal has been recently vaccinated for rabies. It is then crucial that the victim seeks immediate medical attention. Dog bites can cause serious injuries and leave permanent scars. Quick and proper care will increase the victim’s chances of a complete recovery.
If you’ve been attacked by a dog, you should collect the owner’s insurance information. Request the policy information and all pertinent contact numbers. If anyone witnessed the attack, you should collect their information as well. Throughout the process of speaking to any authorities or to an insurance company, make sure you never admit fault for the attack or provoking the animal. An accomplished New Jersey dog bite injury lawyer can help you recover monetary compensation for damages associated with the attack.
It is also important that you never discuss money or settlements with the dog owner. Do not allow anyone involved with the case to record your conversations and do not accept any money for the attack without speaking to an attorney. When the proper steps are taken, compensation may be available for all medical expenses, pain and suffering, and time away from work.
The skilled Princeton dog attack attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of protecting the rights of dog bite victims in New Jersey. If an animal has injured you or a loved one, please call our offices at 609-240-0040 to discuss your claim.