Dog owners take their dogs on walks for exercise or take them to parks for playtime every day. However, while many dog owners are careful and keep their canines on a short leash, there are some who do not. Dogs running amok, jumping up on people and other animals, and chasing other dogs are all common occurrences. Regardless of your feelings toward these animal companions, you have the right to protection from these creatures hurting you. Therefore, you have rights under personal injury law if you were attacked by a dog belonging to a stranger, a family member, or an employer. The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. has more than 120 years of combined expertise, and our skilled Wanaque dog bite injury lawyers has successfully handled all kinds of dog bite accident claims.

Our Reputable Wanaque Dog Bite Lawyers Actively Pursue Full Compensation For Dog Bite Accident Victims

Due to New Jersey’s “strict liability” law regarding dog bites, the owner of the dog is responsible for any injuries the dog may have caused. Even if the owner takes precautions to keep the dog away from people, issues warnings, or uses reasonable care to restrict the dog, they nonetheless face liability under strict liability.

For victims of dog bite accidents, our reputable Wanaque dog bite lawyers vigilantly pursues full compensation. Dog bite victims are qualified to receive payments for damages, which may include the following

  • Loss of potential for future income as a result of the harm from the dog bite accident
  • The absence of enjoyment in life
  • Time away from work-related income loss Loss of accrued vacation time
  • The cost of pharmaceutical drugs
  • Emotional suffering and pain
  • Coverage for anticipated future medical costs stemming from the dog bite accident
  • A person’s quality of life is lost
  • Medical expenses, such as the cost of having surgery, imaging tests,and X-rays
  • Reduction of earned sick time
  • The price of the necessary medical care, such as rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Mental suffering

Schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation with The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. to see what level of compensation you might be able to get for your dog bite injury.

An experienced Wanaque dog bite attorney is familiar with New Jersey’s dog bite laws.

The laws and statutes governing dog bites are set down by each state. When a dog attacks someone or kills them while running loose or unrestrained in a park, residential area, or other public area, the owner is criminally responsible in New Jersey. If the dog owner disobeys the court’s orders, they may potentially be charged criminally.

Both attacks that happen when a person is lawfully in a public area as well as those that happen when someone is bitten in a private setting might result in dog owner liability. Even if there are no prior signs that the dog may be aggressive and even if the owner was unaware of any prior aggressive behavior on the dog’s part, liability still attaches. Dog bite victims in New Jersey have two years from the date of the incident to launch a civil lawsuit for bodily injuries. You risk having your lawsuit rejected outright if you miss this deadline, which would mean you would no longer be able to seek financial compensation for your losses.

Experienced Wanaque Dog Bite Lawyers Represent Those Hurt in Dog Bite Accidents

The Epstein Law Firm, P.A.’s experienced Wanaque personal injury lawyers are well-versed in New Jersey’s statutes governing dog bite incidents. Our zealous legal team fights for persons who have been hurt, defending their legal rights and obtaining full recompense for their accident-related injuries. Contact our office to set up your consultation so that our knowledgeable legal team can address your concerns and describe the accident claims procedure.

About Wanaque, New Jersey

Located on the Wanaque River between the New Jersey towns of Wanaque and Ringwood is the artificial lake of Wanaque Reservoir. In 1928, the Raymond Dam was built along the river in Wanaque, and the reservoir was created as a result. The Wanaque River isn’t the only source of water for the reservoir, though; the Ramapo and Pompton rivers also contribute via diversions at Pompton Lakes and Two Bridges, respectively. According to volume, it is New Jersey’s second-largest reservoir, behind only Round Valley Reservoir. After Lake Hopatcong, it is New Jersey’s second-largest lake.

Dog Bite Legal Services in Areas Nearby

The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. has office locations nearby at:

Contact our Rochelle Park office today at (201) 231-7847 or our Englewood Cliffs office at 201-734-3763 for a free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Dog Bite Accidents

What actions should you take if a dog owned by someone else bites you?

The first thing to do if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog is to call the police to report the occurrence. The act of doing so both records the incident and summons emergency medical personnel to the scene to attend to your dog bite injuries. Take pictures of your physical wounds and the dog that bit you, if you can. Ask the dog’s owner for their contact information and take notes about the dog’s characteristics, such as its name, breed, size, and color. Consult a knowledgeable dog bite accident lawyer after reporting the dog bite incident to your local animal control. Dog bite victims in New Jersey can schedule a free case examination with The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. by calling today.

Without my fault, the customer's dog bit me while I was working at their home. Can I make a claim for the harm my dog caused?

Most of the time, sure. The owner of the property has an obligation to safeguard the person from harm if they are employed to enter someone’s home or property to perform work. In the event of a dog accident, the owner of the property is required to warn the person that there is a dog there and to keep the dog away from the person while the person is at the house or working on the property as agreed.


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