NJ Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog bites can happen in a flash, and can cause life-changing injuries, scarring or death. New Jersey emergency rooms treat thousands of victims every year, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Many more people receive treatment for dog bites from local clinics and primary care physicians. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that between 2001 and 2003, some 4.5 million people suffered a dog bite each year, but that figure is thought to be higher these days. Not all victims survive. During the past few years, thirty to thirty-five people have died every year from injuries caused by vicious dog attacks.
Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL)
Due to the alarming frequency of dog bites, many communities have breed-specific legislation limiting ownership of certain breeds of dogs that attack more often. These include dangerous Pit Bulls, Rottweiler, and Chows. Dogs that were used in illegal dog-fighting rings have usually been abused to encourage extra-aggressive behavior. Any breed of dog can and will bite, so breed specific dog laws do really protect the public from dog attacks. The best solution to dog attacks is responsible breeding and ownership combined with public education and enforcement of existing laws.
Children and Dog Bites
Children are attracted to dogs. That attraction puts them in dangerous situations. Children under the age of twelve are involved in fifty percent of dog attacks, and eighty-two percent of dog bites treated in emergency rooms involved children under the age of fifteen. Children below the age of ten suffer seventy percent of dog-bite fatalities. Unattended children are 370 times more likely than an adult to die from a dog attack. Bites to the head occur in sixty-five percent of attacks that happen to children. Boys who are less than fifteen years old are attacked more often than girls of the same age. Quite often children are bitten or attacked after attempting to pet a strange dog.
New Jersey Dog Bite Law
We have had incredible success in dog bite lawsuits. For example, we recovered a $1.4 million dollar jury verdict for a New Jersey man scarred in a vicious dog attack. This personal injury case involved claims of negligence and fraud against Lancaster County Prison relating to their donation of a vicious Rottweiler to our client. Lancaster County Prison neglected to advise our client that the dog had “irreversible medical problems” and had attacked on numerous previous occasions. Shortly after taking possession of the dog, our client was viciously attacked and sustained severe injuries to his arm and leg. After a three-week trial, the jury returned a verdict of $1.4 million in our client’s favor. Our team has extensive experience handling these kinds of lawsuits. And we can collect the damages you deserve if you were attacked by a dog.
At Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, our lawyers specialize in protecting the rights of dog bite victims and fighting to recover damages for personal injuries and other losses caused by the animal attack. Our team will assess the situation, visit the site, take photos, document your injuries and provide the most aggressive and effective legal representation during your lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of an animal attack, please contact Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman and one of our attorneys will contact you within twenty-four hours to discuss your case.