Evidence You Need for Your Dog Bite Case
If you were bitten by a dog, you may feel confused about what to do next. Dog bites are painful, inconvenient, and if the dog has not been vaccinated for rabies, potentially deadly. After you are bitten by a dog, you do have the legal option to take the owner to small claims court, but you will need to be sure that you have certain types of evidence before you go before a judge. If you are confused about what to keep for your case, the following information will explain the type of evidence you need to help prove your dog bite case.
The United States is certainly a nation of dog lovers, with more than 78 million canine pets throughout the country. Though numerous studies have shown that having a dog as a pet is beneficial to the physical and emotional health of all age groups, unfortunately more than 4.7 million Americans are injured in dog attacks each year, and around 800,000 of these injuries require medical attention. More than half of the victims of dog attacks are children, many of whom suffer disfigurement and disability.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that each year, more than 4.7 million dog bite incidents occur throughout the nation. 386,000 of these incidents will lead to hospital visits. Like the majority of U.S. states, New Jersey holds dog owners liable for all damages incurred by the dog bite victim, even if the dog has never bitten anyone or displayed any intent to do so before.
Families across the state of New Jersey enjoy the company of their dogs. People get dogs for a number of reasons including companionship and protection. Unfortunately, dogs bred specifically for protection are known to attack people. Attacks often occur when a dog feels threatened, and can even occur among typically well-mannered dogs. Read the rest »
Man’s best friend may also be his greatest liability. Every year, out of control pooches cost insurance companies and their policyholders millions of dollars in damages. Just last year, insurance giant State Farm forked over $115 million in dog bite damages. Over a five-year span, the company has doled out $528 million in recovery claims. Accidents involve range from minor puncture wounds and lacerations to fatal dog attacks. So, how does New Jersey rank in all this?
The Garden State is 10th in the nation when it comes to dog bite claims. That is up from the previous year, which saw our state in 15th place. In total, New Jersey saw a little over 100 claims in 2014, totaling $6.4 million in damages. That is also a significant jump from the 86 claims handled in 2013. The state also ranks 4th in total payouts; up from 6th place in 2013. Read the rest »
A 36-year-old New Jersey man and his friend were injured when his pit bull got out of its cage and attacked them. According to an NBC New York news report, the dog attack happened in Jersey City. The dog’s owner was severely injured in the attack and has been listed in critical condition. His friend was treated for a bite wound to the leg.
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