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Dog bite injuries and how to deal with them

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2016 | Animal Bites

Dog bites are relatively common in the United States. Around 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Treating dog bites is a complicated procedure, which leads to extensive medical bills. Dog bites may lead to several weeks of rehabilitation and lost wages as well. A person attacked by a dog has the right to claim compensation from the owner.

Several states in the U.S. have their own laws related to dog bites. In some states, you may have to establish that the owner was negligent about the viciousness of their dog. You might still have problems in claiming compensation if the owner proves you were trespassing and provoked the dog. Some states have extremely strict dog bite laws. They impose strict liability on the owner regardless of the viciousness of the dog in question. Even if the owner tried their best to protect you, these states will impose penalties on them. 

New Jersey Law states that the owner will always be held responsible for any damages caused by their dog. Even if the owner did not know about the viciousness of their dog, they might still have to pay damages and compensation.

If you have been attacked by a dog, it would be advisable to get immediate medical attention. Once your medical condition has been cleared, you may contact an attorney with prior experience of animal related injuries to help you file for compensation. Consider reaching out to an attorney as soon as possible, because it gives them more time to gather the required information and prosecute the owner. The attorney