San Diego Dog Bite Lawyers Answer Your Questions on Dog Bites
As personal injury attorneys concentrating on the representation of dog bite victims, the questions we get most frequently are, “Do I have a case?”, and if so, “How much is it worth?” Answering those questions requires a lot of information about your injuries, the circumstances surrounding the dog bite, the owner, applicable insurance coverage and much more. Please contact us for a free consultation if you or a family member has recently suffered from a serious dog bite.
This page is intended to provide you with the information you may need to determine whether you should get legal representation from a dog bite attorney. The responses below may also be of interest to those who want to be prepared should dangerous dogs impact their families in the future.
Here are a few other common questions and basic responses you may find helpful.
Q: If I’m bitten or attacked by a dog, what should I do first?
The first thing to do is seek medical attention and appropriate dog bite treatment for your injuries. You will also want to contact local police and other authorities to report the incident. If you have reason to believe your injuries may be serious, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Q: What if the dog that bit me (or my child or another family member) has never bit anyone before?
This isn’t a factor in whether you can recover damages under New Jersey law. A sick or injured family pet may bite without warning. Under most circumstances, the owner of the dog has strict liability for any injury caused when the dog attacks, regardless of whether he or she knew the dog could be dangerous.
Q: Should I talk to the dog owner’s insurance company representative if he or she contacts me?
Absolutely not. This person is acting in their best interest — not yours. Avoid giving statements or signing documents that may limit your ability to recover damages for the dog bite injury to you or your loved one. Any such negotiation or exchange should be handled by a lawyer experienced with dog bite cases.
Q: What if the bite occurred on a rental or public property and I know the dog owner does not have insurance?
This is not good news, but it does not automatically mean you cannot recover damages. Again, we recommend that you contact us to explore other possible sources of money to help compensate you for your dog bite injury.
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