How Do I Sue After a Dog Bite Accident in New Jersey?

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How Do I Sue After a Dog Bite Accident in New Jersey?

When people have a pet, they usually love and adore them so much that they become a member of the family. While it can be fun and exciting to have a dog, these pets can also be very dangerous if they are not properly trained. Dog attacks can be very serious, causing significant injuries to other individuals. When this happens and a person becomes injured, they can pursue legal action against the dog owner for negligence with the assistance of a knowledgeable New Jersey personal injury attorney.

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

After a dog attack happens, the injured party may be able to recover compensation from the dog owner for their damages. In order for this to happen, the individual is required to show that the dog owner was not in control of their pet when the attack took place. This may happen if the injured party walked by a dog and it jumped out to bite them. A dog owner can be held liable if this happened on the street or on their own property. However, it is important for injured parties to know that if they were provoking the dog, threatening it, or trespassing on the property, they may not have a lawsuit.

How Do I Win My Lawsuit?

When pursuing a lawsuit for a dog attack, the injured party is required to prove that the dog owner was negligent. This can be accomplished by showing that the dog owner knew their pet had a violent nature and it directly caused their injuries. While it can seem difficult to do this, it is possible by looking into the history of the dog to see if there were other claims made against it for attacks. 

What Other Evidence Do I Need?

In addition to the dog’s history, it can be beneficial to have other evidence to back up a 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

Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.