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.
Any person in New Jersey who has heard others talk about pit bulls know that emotions can run high on this topic. Many people argue vehemently that this breed of dog can be just as loving, sweet and docile as any other type of dog. They assert that the nature of a pit bull or of any dog has more to do with how it is raised than what breed it might happen to be or include. Despite these assertions, it is a fact that pit bulls remain involved in more attacks than any other type of dog.
When people in New Jersey think of pets that may be prone to attack humans, their minds probably turn first to dogs. However, individuals may keep any number of animals with the capacity to bite. An Alabama man kept a squirrel, which he claimed to have raised from a baby, in a cage in his apartment. He now faces charges from state authorities for violating a law prohibiting the possession of wild rodents.
When New Jersey residents take their dogs for a walk, one of the last things they expect is for another dog to appear and attack. Aggressive dogs can pose a danger not only to people, but to other pets as well. It can be terrifying and heartbreaking to witness a beloved pet being attacked by another dog, especially if the attack results in the loss of the pet. In these situations, pet owners may be helpless in protecting their pets from an attack in progress. Sadly, this scenario occurred recently in the Atlantic Highlands.
For many children in New Jersey, sighting a dog is something to be excited about. Often, a child's reaction to noticing a four-legged friend may be to immediately run up to the pet and attempt to pet it. However, parents and guardians should be encouraging their children to be cautious when approaching an unknown animal and to ask for permission before they try to pet the animal.
Most people in New Jersey will never have to worry about getting a rabies vaccination. Unlike most vaccines, you typically only receive a rabies vaccination following a possible exposure. According to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, exposure to rabies involves contact with the saliva of an infected animal, which usually involves a bite but could also result from an infected animal licking an open wound on your body.
New Jersey residents just like you interact with dogs on a daily basis. Any dog from the neighborhood's friendly pup to a stranger's pooch on a leash could possibly end up being a danger to you, however. Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., are here to help you through the aftermath of a bite attack.
You already know that some dog attacks can be tragic. Many residents of New Jersey and elsewhere have been mauled by other people’s family pets. Homeowners’ insurance is meant to cover injuries that happen in someone else’s home, but ownership of certain kinds of dogs may mean that the homeowner can’t be insured.
If you receive a bite from a dog or other animal in New Jersey, you may have some concern about contracting rabies. This is entirely valid, especially if the creature was a wild animal or a stray with no documented vaccination history. Unfortunately, however, rabies is not the only possible infection you need to worry about after an animal bite. There is also the possibility that you could contract tetanus.
As a New Jersey resident who has recently suffered from an animal attack that resulted in bite injuries, you are likely scrambling to act quickly in the aftermath. Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., is here to help walk you through what should be done next.