New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer
Protecting the Victims of Animal Attacks
If you or a loved one was attacked by a dog, call (800) 909-8129 immediately—our firm wants to help you understand your options and collect the maximum amount of money for your injuries, medical care and other costs.
The average cost to a victim of a dog attack is a staggering $26,000—most of which goes toward the cost of medical care. However, that figure doesn’t include the mental or emotional costs suffered by the victim, who is often left traumatized by the attack. 60 percent of dog attack victims are under 12 years old, demonstrating that dog bite lawsuits are often filed for children.
While dogs are a normal part of our lives, dog bites are exceptionally dangerous if an infection takes hold or medical attention is required—which is true for 20% of dog bites. Victims who have other health problems are at a higher risk for serious harm, which inflates the cost of health care, long-term treatment, and lost earnings.
New Jersey’s “Strict Liability” Dog Bite Statute
Thankfully, New Jersey is a “strict liability” state when it comes to dog attacks. Strict liability means that owners are responsible for the damage their dogs cause to other people—no matter the history of the dog, whether the victim was “provoking” the dog, or if the dog owner put up a sign or attempted to warn the victim. The only possible defense a dog owner has is whether the victim was lawfully on their property (i.e. not trespassing).
In our state, the only proof you need to file a claim is that an owner’s dog is the one that bit you. However, to create a strong claim you’ll also need to document the cost of treatment by going to a medical professional who understands what your needs are.
The Importance of Thorough Investigation by a Seasoned Lawyer
Since 1987, The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C. has been investigating dog attacks to help victims pay for their medical care, collect for pain and suffering, and other costs. We’ve helped children and adults recover from vicious attacks by getting them the resources they need most. Our New Jersey dog bite lawyers have secured tens of millions of dollars for our clients in countless injury cases.
We commit to investigating every aspect of your dog bite attack to determine who the responsible party is. Thanks to our approach, we’ve been able to secure the future for our clients and help them move forward with confidence. We have the knowledge, resources, and strategy to help you rebuild your life after a dog attack—let us help you.
Our clients never pay any upfront costs for our help. Finding out if you have a viable case just takes a phone call—dial (800) 909-8129 or contact us online to set an appointment. We visit our clients wherever they need us. Se habla español.
Experienced & Proven Success Since 1987
Personally Assisted Thousands of Individuals
Tens of Millions Recovered for Our Clients
Q:How is a personal injury claim different from a personal injury lawsuit?
A:If you wish to hold the person responsible for your injuries liable, it is important to know the differences between a claim and a lawsuit. A personal injury claim is the first step, when your attorney files against the parties responsible or liable for the injury. A personal injury lawsuit comes after the claim, taking place in a court of law, if the original claim did not yield the compensation desired by the plaintiffs.
Q:What is negligence?
A:Negligence is one of the key aspects of any personal injury case. Negligence occurs when a person or party does not act with the proper amount of care and caution that a reasonable person would use to prevent harm or injury to another individual, or when the person or party does something harmful that a careful and reasonable person would not have done in a similar situation.
Q:How important is negligence to my case?
A:Negligence is perhaps the most integral factor in an injury claim or lawsuit, and in order to fight for justice against the liable party (also called the defendant), you must first be able to prove their negligence and that it is the direct cause of your injuries.