There Are No Inherently Dangerous Breeds: Any Dog Can Bite
Under New Jersey law, strict liability applies to pet owners when their dog or other animal bites or attacks a person. There is an old myth that the law allows every dog one free bite. It’s not true. Unless it can be proven that you seriously provoked the animal, if you’ve been bitten, you are entitled to compensation for damages.
Attorney Michael Burakoff has been helping people recover money for dog bite and animal attack victims for more than 35 years. The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, P.A., is recognized for our integrity and effective approach to helping victims protect their rights. We stand up against the largest insurance companies in the nation, many of whom will try to tell you that getting bit was your own fault. You know it wasn’t. We’ll help you prove it.
What to Do If You or a Loved One Is Attacked by a Vicious Dog
If you have been bitten or injured because of an animal, here are some basic guidelines to follow. Taking these steps can help us settle fairly and quickly, even with the insurance company involved.
- Seek necessary medical attention immediately.
- If you think medical attention is not immediately required, write down the dog owner’s name, address and contact information.
- If the dog’s owner is not around, record details about the dog, breed, etc.
- Ask the owner for the dog’s shot and veterinarian records
- Write down the exact circumstances of the incident, including location and the contact information of any eyewitnesses who may have been present
- Absolutely do not try to negotiate a settlement with the animal’s owner.
- Do not engage in an argument or prolonged discussion with the dog’s owner.
- Even if you don’t think you need it, seek medical attention
- Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss the circumstances and your injuries.
But What If It Was Your Friend’s Dog?
In many cases, the owner of the dog may be a friend or family member. We work directly with the insurance company and understand the need for confidentiality. Maintaining a relationship with the animal’s owner may be very important to you and your family. We understand that, and handle things discreetly and appropriately.
Contact us to discuss your dog bite injury today. Your initial case consultation is free.