New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyers

black dog on a leashEvery year, thousands of United States citizens are injured or killed by dog bites or other animal attacks. Hundreds of thousands of these victims seek out medical attention to treat their injuries. Unfortunately, the majority of these dog bite victims are children, who account for 60% of all reported dog bite injuries.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or animal attack, then the New Jersey injury lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. can help you claim damages. Contact us today at 1-800-346-5529 to speak with an attorney about your legal rights and options.

To learn more, complete the “Free Case Evaluation” form on this page – It’s 100% free and we will contact you very shortly after receiving your inquiry.

Dangerous Types of Dogs

In 2000, there was a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which reviewed a 20 year time period in order to determine the most dangerous types of dog breeds. This report reviled that at least 27 people were killed by dog bite attacks between 1997 and 1998, while there were 238 total fatalities in the 20 years leading up to 2000.

Some of the most dangerous types of dogs include:

  • Pit Bulls
  • Rottweilers 
  • German Shepherds
  • Huskies
  • Alaskan Malamutes
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Chow Chow
  • Presa Canario
  • Boxer
  • Dalmatian

Furthermore, the study indicated that Pit Bulls and Rottweiler’s were included in 67 percent of all fatalities between 1997 and 1998. Of course, there are many causes which may result in a dog being more dangerous.

Types of Dog Bite Injuries

Many times dog bite injuries will range in severity, due to the nature of the dog bite. In some cases a dog will simply nip an individual, which may cause minor bleeding or swelling, whereas when a dog decides to attack it can cause much more severe damages.

Some types of dog bite injuries include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Eye injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Fear of dogs
  • Neck injuries
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychological injuries
  • Puncture wounds
  • Rabies
  • Scars
  • Death

If you have been injured due to a dog attack, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. This will ensure all injuries are properly cared for and also provide you with the medical documents needed by our attorneys to develop a case against the negligent dog owners.

How to Prevent Dog Bites

In most instances, a dog will adopt its behaviors from its owner.  Thus, a dog will be more likely to attack or bite if their owner encourages or provokes such behaviors. In other cases, a dog may attack if they feel threatened, if they are guarding something, if they are sick, or if they sense something unusual. In any case, our attorneys recommend taking certain precautions around any animal.

Some ways to prevent dog bites include:

  • Ask for permission before touching another person’s dog
  • Never leave a child unattended with your dog
  • Never let your dog run loose
  • Play non-aggressive games with your dog
  • Put your dog on a leash
  • Socialize your dog
  • Train your dog
  • Use caution around mother and her puppies
  • Use caution around sick and old dogs

There are several more ways to prevent a dog bite from occurring; of course these basic tips may help to prevent a dog bite from occurring in the first place.

New Jersey Dog Bite Law

As any type of dog is capable of attacking a human, even the dog of a family member or friend may attack a familiar face. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to be in charge of his or her animal at all times. This includes having the control to prevent an attack. New Jersey law holds all dog owners responsible for any damage their animals cause to others, even if the canine had never before exhibited dangerous behavior.

The New Jersey dog law states that an owner of any type of dog which may bite another individual while a person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the dog owners property, shall be liable for damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners knowledge of such viciousness.

Contact Our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys Today

At Levinson Axelrod Attorneys At Law, we have sympathy for those individuals injured by dog bites and will work tirelessly to achieve the maximum compensation benefits available.  Having achieved MILLIONS in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, we will help guide you through the entire litigation process.

With our main office in Edison, New Jersey we are able to serve throughout the entire state and elsewhere.

Some locations are attorneys serve include:

  • Middlesex
  • Dunellen
  • Green Brook
  • Avenel
  • Iselin
  • Perth Amboy
  • New Brunswick
  • Carteret
  • Franklin Township

If you have been seriously injured as the result of an animal attack or dog bite in New Jersey, the dog bite attorneys at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. can help protect your rights and assist you in recovering compensation. Contact us today at 1-800-346-5529.

To begin now, complete the “Free Case Evaluation” form located on this page – any information is strictly secure and we will contact you shortly after receiving your message.

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