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New Jersey

Personal Injury Attorneys

Dog attacks and holding a dog owner accountable

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2023 | Dog Bites, Personal Injury |

Pets are companions, loyal to owners and often considered part of the family by most residents in New Jersey and elsewhere. While a dog is said to be man’s best friend, the reality is that dogs bite men, women and children each year. In some cases, a dog owner did not take proper steps to avoid such an occurrence. Other cases may be related to the dog’s dangerous propensity. No matter the cause, a dog bite or attack can leave a victim with significant and serious injuries and damages.

Dog attack or bite

Even when you approach an unknown dog, it is hard to not pet it or play with it. These furry friends are appealing to all, especially children, which is why many do not hesitate to interact with a dog, known or unknown. Unfortunately, if a dog owner does not properly restrain their dog or keep a dangerous dog away from others, this could result in an unsuspecting dog bite or attack on an innocent victim.

At McHugh & Imbornone, P.A., we understand how unexpected and traumatic a dog bite can be for a child or adult. Thus, we work diligently to inform victims of their rights and legal options when it comes to holding a dog owner liable and securing compensation for damages.

Injuries and damages

The injuries that a person can suffer in a dog attack can be extensive and serious. With regard to physical damages, a victim may suffer puncture wounds, broken bones, scars, disfigurement, infections, rabies, nerve and muscle damages or the loss of a limb. A dog bite can also result in mental and emotional damages. A victim could suffer from PTSD, develop a fear of dogs and battle with anxiety as a result of the incident.

Based on the injuries that the person suffers, a victim could seek compensation to offset the harm that they have experienced. This could help address medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of income and future medical expenses.

The aftermath of a dog bite can feel very overwhelming. The injuries can be life altering, making it challenging to navigate the matter. Thus, it is imperative that victims fully understand their situation and the legal actions available to them. Filing a personal injury action could result in liability placed on a dog owner and the recovery of compensation to address injuries, losses and damages.