Who Can I Sue After a Dog Bite Accident in New Jersey?

People usually love their pets so much that they are considered a member of the family. This includes fun-loving dogs, often referred to as “man’s best friend.” While this is true, it is possible for dogs to still be dangerous if they are not properly trained by their owners. Dog attacks can cause serious injuries, which is why those who are injured in these accidents can pursue legal action against the pet’s owner for negligence. When facing these situations, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance. 

How Do I Know if I Have Grounds for a Lawsuit?

When a person is attacked by a dog in New Jersey, they may be able to recover compensation for their damages if they can prove during a lawsuit that the owner was not in control of their dog when the accident happened. This can be the case if the injured party was walking by a dog down the street and it jumped out to attack them. It is important to know that a dog owner can be held liable if the person was on their property at the time of the attack. While this is true, if the individual was provoking the dog by threatening it or trespassing on the property, a lawsuit may not be possible. 

How Do I Win My Lawsuit?

During a lawsuit for a dog bite injury, the injured party must show that the dog owner was negligent. This can be done by proving that the owner was aware their dog had a violent nature and the injuries caused were a direct result of this behavior. It can be proven that a dog had violent tendencies by looking into the pet’s history to see if any other claims were made against it for attacks and biting.

What Other Evidence Do I Need?

Other evidence can be beneficial to have a successful negligence claim. This can include the following:

  • Security footage of the accident if it happened in a public place
  • Police reports from the accident
  • Medical documentation of the injuries
  • Witness statements to verify the claim

Contact our firm

We understand the implications of a serious accident. If you believe you were injured due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm. We are more than willing to help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Our personal injury specialists at Greenberg & Walden, LLC are standing by for a free initial consultation. Call us at 201-528-6928.

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