New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog Bite Attorneys in New Jersey

The last thing you expect to happen when you are out taking a walk, riding your bike, or going about your personal business is to be bitten by a dog. A dog bite can not only result in an emergency room visit but also follow-up examinations and medications, and potentially rehabilitation, surgery, or even disability depending upon the severity of your injury. Understanding whether you have a case and what damages you are entitled to can be difficult to learn without the help of an attorney.

The personal injury attorneys from Varcadipane & Pinnisi have worked on a number of dog bite cases, can determine when you have a case, and know how to get the fullest possible coverage for your related damages and costs. 

One of the experienced attorneys from Varcadipane & Pinnisi is standing by to answer any questions you might have, and read on to learn more. 

New Jersey Dog Bite Laws

There is a strict liability statute in New Jersey for dog bites, which means that the owner of a biting dog is liable for the injuries caused by the dog bite, even if he or she used reasonable care to restrain the dog or to warn others about the dog. The only proof that needs to be produced in New Jersey for the dog owner to be liable for the damages of the bite is that a bite occurred. From there, medical diagnoses and the opinion of an occupational expert, which your dog bite attorney can help line up for you, will help you and your attorney determine what the full extent of the damages available to you are. 

Your Damages Should Include Your Medical Costs and Lost Earnings 

The purpose of pursuing compensation for your injuries is to put you in as close a position as possible as though you had not been injured at all, to be made whole basically. When you have injuries that are not minor and won’t be quickly recovered from, it might not be possible to be made whole without additional damages. For example, if you have a minor bite wound that you simply need to treat with first aid and you don’t miss any work, your damages would be minimal. 

If, however, the bite caused serious injury to your hand and surgery is necessary, your damages will be significantly more extensive. Pet owners are responsible for keeping their dogs secure and under control, and if you have been injured due to an irresponsible pet owner, they may be liable to you for damages. In New Jersey, you don’t even have to prove they were being irresponsible given the strict liability statute, which helps your dog bite attorney negotiate the best possible settlement for your injury. 

Damages are meant to cover the costs that are linked to your injury in both the short- and long term. Short-term medical bills include the emergency room visit after the initial injury and any lost wages that you might have experienced immediately after your injury. Long-term damages include the cost of follow-up medical care, medications, treatment, surgery, and rehabilitation, as well as the impact on your earnings. If you cannot return to work or can only return to a position that pays less than before, you are entitled to compensation for your lost earnings potential from the time of your injury through your working life. 

Calculating what you are entitled to requires knowledge, expert opinions, and experience settling other dog bite cases, all of which your New Jersey dog bite attorney has to offer. 

What Can a Dog Bite Lawyer Do for Me? 

When you have been injured, and someone else was at fault, you will most likely be recovering your damages from their insurance company and/or their attorney. Knowing what damages you are entitled to can be difficult to determine if you haven’t worked on such cases before, and even if you know what you are entitled to, calculating it into present value and presenting your demand to the insurance company requires that certain factors be met. 

To collect all of your damages, you’ll have to file a complete, accurate, and comprehensive claim backed by sufficient evidence to support the damages you are seeking. If you think your injury will keep you from returning to the same job and will negatively impact your earning ability, you’ll need evidence and expert medical opinions to support this. Your dog bite lawyer can help you line up the evidence and expert opinions you need to make the most of your case

Can’t I Just Contact the Insurance Company of the Dog Owner Myself? 

The insurance company makes a profit by minimizing costs and maximizing revenues, and for the insurance company, the costs are paying out claims and settlements to injured persons like yourself. Negotiating on your own will put you at a disadvantage, as the insurance company has full-time teams of claim analysts and attorneys working to deny whichever claims they can and to get you to settle for as little as possible on your claim if it can’t be denied. 

If a New Jersey dog bite attorney takes your case, they will likely do so on contingency, which means they only get paid if they win on your case. So reaching out to a personal injury attorney to discuss your case in a risk-free consultation will cost you nothing, and if they take your case, you only pay what you agree ahead of time out of what they win for you, so there are no out-of-pocket costs. 

Connect with a New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer Today

The sooner you have an attorney handling your injury, the sooner you can focus on recovering and getting on with your life, while your attorney focuses on making sure you collect the full compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. 

Reach out to one of the experienced New Jersey or New york dog bite attorneys from Varcadipane & Pinnisi to schedule a consultation to discuss your case now.

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