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How do I Know if I Can Sue After a Dog Bite Accident in New Jersey?

In many families, dogs are loved so much that they are considered a member, like a brother or sister. This is because they are usually loving and fun animals. However, it is possible for a dog to be hostile and dangerous if they are not trained properly by their owners. If the dog attacks another person, it can result in serious injuries. People who are injured by a dog bite may pursue legal action against the dog owner to recover financial compensation. In doing so, it is important to contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance moving forward.

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

Individuals who are attacked by a dog in the state of New Jersey may be able to receive compensation in a lawsuit if they are able to prove that the dog owner did not have control of their pet. This may be if they were walking down the street and the dog jumped out to attack them. In addition to this, individuals who were on the dog owner’s property at the time of the attack may also hold the owner liable. However, it is important to know that if they did something to provoke the dog, such as trespass or threaten it, a lawsuit may not be possible. 

How Do I Win My Lawsuit?

In order to win a dog bite lawsuit, the injured party is required to prove that the dog owner was negligent. This can be done by showing the owner knew their dog had violent tendencies and these directly caused the injuries. To prove that a dog has a violent nature, the injured party can look into the dog’s history to see if there were any other claims made against it for being dangerous or 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

Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome because we believe false accusations or preventable injuries should never cause a person harm. This is why those who require experienced legal counsel in New Jersey should do themselves a favor and contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.

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