New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyers
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At McKenna Law, we have successfully handled numerous dog bite cases and we understand how traumatizing it can be to be a victim of a dog attack. Dog attacks often leave victims with unsightly scars and permanent injuries. Emotional damages often occur with dog bite victims and the traumatizing event can often cause a life-long fear of dogs, even causing a fear of one’s own pets.
New Jersey has laws in place to protect victims of dog attacks and these statutes hold that in most cases the owner of a dog is strictly liable for the dog’s behavior. After a dog attack, we quickly work to conduct an investigation to determine who is liable for the injuries and we then establish whether there are any insurance policies in place that could afford coverage.
How Much Will A Dog Bite Attorney Cost?
We do not believe that it is fair that you would have to pay out-of-pocket for an attorney after you have been involved in a dog bite. Instead, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means that there is no upfront fee we do not get paid unless you win! Our fee is a percentage of the settlement or verdict that we obtain for you.
Should I Get A Lawyer For A Dog Bite?
It is vital for someone to contact a qualified dog bite attorney as soon as possible after a dog bite attack. There are specific rules and statutes in place in New Jersey that govern dog attacks and hiring an attorney who understands and has experience with the New Jersey Dog Bite Statute is essential.
We educate victims of dog attacks as to the relevant law and inform them of their options in regards to the available legal remedies. We will also perform an investigation to ensure that we obtain and preserve all relevant evidence that you will need to in your pursuit of justice. Without consulting with an attorney after a dog attack, you may lose out on securing that one piece of evidence that is able to prove your case. Do not delay in setting up a consultation immediately after an attack, as many pieces of evidence are time sensitive and can be lost for good.
It is important that we undertake an investigation and learn who owns the animal as well as who is responsible for the animal, as they may be different individuals. It is also important that we determine the exact location of the attack and also identify the property owner. These factors are critical in determining who is ultimately responsible for the dog attack and in determining whether there is insurance coverage.
How Much Money Do You Get From A Dog Bite Lawsuit?
Victims of dog bites can suffer severe and permanent injuries and these level of injuries can result in significant and often large amounts of compensation. A victim of a dog bite continues to suffer long after an attack has ended. There is often a lengthy recovery period associated with the type of lacerations and puncture wounds that a dog bite can leave.
Permanent scarring is often considered when evaluating the value of a dog bite lawsuit. Location of scarring is also very important as facial scars and other scars that cannot be hidden by clothing often result in much larger amounts of compensation.
An often overlooked area of damages with dog bite cases, is the mental anguish and emotional distress that sometimes occurs with a victim of a dog bite. Being attacked by a dog can be a horrific and harrowing ordeal and the victim is often left with a fear of dogs for their rest of their lives. This is especially true with children who can often become scared of even the family dog.
What Do I Do After Being Bitten By A Dog?
If you have been involved in a dog attack, aside from seeking medical attention, speaking with a well qualified attorney should be the first thing that you do. At McKenna Law, we will immediately perform an investigation to ensure that we obtain and preserve all relevant evidence that you will need in your pursuit of justice. We will find out who owns the dog as well as find out who is responsible for the dog, determine if the dog has a violent history, and learn whether the dog is up to date with its vaccinations. Without consulting with an attorney after an accident, you may lose out on securing that one piece of evidence that is crucial to proving your case. Do not delay in setting up a consultation immediately after an accident, as many pieces of evidence are time sensitive and can be lost for good.
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Dog Bite Lawsuit?
It should be noted that every incident is different, but generally speaking, in New Jersey, victims of dog bite attacks have a two year statute of limitations. Certain factors will impact this statute of limitations, for instance, a minor would have until two years after their 18th birthdays to file a claim.
Dog Bites In New Jersey
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a dog attack, McKenna Law has the experience, resources and ability to help you understand your options and to help guide you through the process. We will aggressively fight to make sure you are compensated for your losses. The statute of limitations only allows for you to file a claim within a limited period of time, so do not wait to contact our office for your free case evaluation.