They may be man’s best friend, but dogs can also be your worst enemy. And nothing is more frightening than getting attacked by a strange animal. If you were bitten by a stranger’s dog which caused a severe injury, you’ll need the services of an experienced Jersey City dog bite lawyer to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
For more than 27 years, The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone have handled all types of animal attack cases, including dog bites. If you live in Hudson and Essex counties, contact us today to get the help you need to recover the costs after an animal attack.
My mother had an incident with our dog while we were at a wedding. A few months go by and we were served with a lawsuit. Not knowing what to do, we called Anthony Carbone. Being new homeowners and expecting our first child we were scared, not knowing the potential outcome. Mr. Carbone was on it right away, he made sure we understood everything that was happening, and what our options were. The case was able to be settled for a reasonable amount and we now have peace of mind. We would recommend Mr. Carbone to anyone who needs legal help. Thank you Mr. Carbone! — Christine Taylor
NJ Laws on Dog Bites
Much like the majority of the country, when you are bitten by a dog, the owner is legally responsible for your injuries, even if the dog has previously never bitten anyone. However, getting proof may not be as easy on your own as you think. Not only will you have to prove ownership but you will also have to prove the dog bit you while on public or the owner’s property at the time of the incident. In addition, there are specific dog breed laws in New Jersey. For instance, many municipalities consider pit bulls dangerous.
In order to recover money from the animal’s owner, there are certain factors that must be taken into account, such as:
- Was the dog on a leash at the time of the attack?
- Did the owner warn you to stay away from the animal?
- Was the animal a stray?
- Does the dog have a history of biting people?
- Did the dog bite incident occur in a public place?
- Were you on private property as an invited guest?
There are two types of dog bite defense that may be used to deny your claim: The plaintiff was found to be trespassing on the owner’s property with criminal intent and the plaintiff was provoking the dog to attack. For example, the victim was teasing the dog by pulling its tail, causing the dog to react. This is why it’s wise to retain an attorney after a dog attack.
What Can You Recover After a Dog Bite Injury
Like after any injury, the most important thing to do is seek medical attention. While you are healing, our Jersey City dog bite lawyer will promptly investigate by collecting witness statements and taking other necessary steps to build a strong case on your behalf.
Depending on the nature of your injuries, Attorney Carbone can help you pursue compensation for damages such as:
- Medical bills and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income from missed work
- Loss of earning capacity, if your injuries are so severe they compromise your ability to do your job
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
If you’ve been injured after a dog attack and you need the services of a lawyer who will aggressively fight for the restitution you deserve, please contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone to schedule your complimentary consultation.