Bergen County Dog Bite Injury Attorney
Dog Bites in Bergen County
A dog bite is a traumatic event that can leave both physical and psychological scars. If you or a loved one are bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation for any damages that you suffer. The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C., can review your case and help determine the best action to take in your individual situation.
At The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C., you can rely on our Bergen County dog bite lawyers for:
- Personalized communication and interaction
- Prompt responses and answers to your questions
- Skilled legal guidance
- Aggressive representation
Call us for your free consultation. We have over 90 years of combined legal experience and look forward to speaking with you today.
How a Dog Bite Attorney Can Help You
Dog bites are usually covered by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy. The insurance company has a team of attorneys on their side. It is important to have experienced dog bite attorneys to represent you as well.
When you call The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C., we will put our resources to work for you by:
- Collecting any necessary evidence
- Hiring the experts needed to prove your case
- Covering your upfront legal costs
- Answering all your legal questions
- Keeping you up-to-date with your dog bite case
New Jersey Dog Bite Statute
New Jersey’s dog bite statute is a “strict liability” statute. This means that a dog’s owner is liable for any dog bite injuries that occur so long as the person bit is in a private place or lawfully in a public place. The dog does not need to possess any prior indications of viciousness nor does the owner need any knowledge of any former viciousness.
It does not matter if the owner used reasonable care to restrain the dog or tried to protect or warn others. The owner of the dog does not need to be careless or negligent. All that a victim needs to prove is that the bite occurred.
The dog bite statute does not cover injuries caused by dogs in any way other than biting. Any injuries sustained from a running, jumping, or out-of-control animal does not fall under the dog bite statute.
One of the only possible defenses to a dog bite claim is that the dog bite victim was trespassing when the incident occurred. People carrying out official duties, such as mail carriers delivering mail, are considered to be “lawfully” on private property for the purposes of the law. However, a trespasser is not “lawfully” on the property, and so the statute may not apply.
Compensation for Dog Bites in Bergen County
Every dog bite case is different, but generally, compensation depends on the seriousness of the injuries, the extent of damages, and circumstances surrounding the attack. All dog bite cases can qualify for the following types of recovery:
- All accident-related medical costs including past and future medical expenses
- Lost income or future wages
- Lost earning capacity if the injuries permanently impact the ability to work
- Costs of any property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages
Contact our Bergen County Dog Bite Injury Lawyers
There are other kinds of damages that a victim may be awarded. To discuss these and learn more about your dog bite claim, contact the Bergen County dog bite injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C. Our law firm serves Garfield, Bergen County and the entire state of New Jersey with their personal injury legal needs. Our attorneys are skilled, compassionate and fight to get you the recovery you deserve. To contact us for a free initial consultation, call us at (201) 928-0300 or complete our online contact form.