Pet-owning residents of New Jersey have a responsibility to ensure that their pet does no harm to visitors on their property. Unfortunately, your safety cannot always be guaranteed. If you have been bitten by someone's pet, we at Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., are here to discuss what the costs may actually be.
It's the unfortunate truth that many people who are bitten by household pets never pursue damages for it. This can be for a number of reasons, including knowing the owner of the pet, or not understanding how serious the bite and its related costs are until it is too late.
And just how costly are bites? They can be much more expensive than most people think. A bite wound's cost doesn't stop after the initial treatment, after all. You may need extensive care or repeated visits to the doctor's in order to fully heal. Costs can skyrocket if you require skin grafts for particularly brutal injuries.
Typically, some of the biggest expenses will come from the risk of infection. Dealing with a bite wound infection can last weeks. The medicine can be costly, and you may even end up hospitalized if the infection is bad enough.
Have you been bitten by a domestic household pet? You don't have to deal with it on your own, nor should you be paying the medical bills for an injury that was not your fault. Consider taking a look at our web page on animal bites, linked above, or contacting us in order to look into compensation possibilities.