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Compensation for Animal Attack Scarring & Disfigurement
Most dogs easily fulfill their role as man's best friend and loving companion. However, there are many different factors that can suddenly turn a dog into an aggressor, whether it's a known characteristic of their breed or not. Unfortunately, it's children that are frequently on the receiving end of dog attacks, but regardless of the age of the victim, dog bites can result in serious injuries that have significant long-term effects on many aspects of life. This is especially true when permanent physical damages occur, such as scarring and disfigurement.
If you or a loved one have been attacked by a dog and suffered scarring, it's a good idea to have the New Jersey dog bite injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. review your case. There is a good chance you are entitled to receive restitution, which will help pay for your medical bills and lost wages while you recover.
Permanent Injuries Resulting From Dog Bites
Oftentimes, dog bites lead to severe injuries that end up causing scarring and disfigurement. Though a variety of injuries can occur in a dog attack, these two types tend to have the most potential to leave the victim with physical and psychological damages that can last a lifetime. It's not uncommon for dog bite patients to undergo multiple reconstructive surgeries in an effort to reduce or eliminate scarring.
Another condition to be extra cautious about after a dog bite is rabies. Being attacked by a rabid dog can be life threatening and requires that a specialized kind of treatment be administered within 48 hours of the bite taking place.
Seeking Compensation For Reconstructive Surgeries
Aside from the obvious physical impact that scarring and disfigurement can have on a person, the emotional toll can be just as painful. Victims routinely find themselves battling depression and problems with lowered self-esteem. There is a possibility of lessening the trauma with advanced medical treatments and surgeries, but unfortunately, paying for this kind of medical care can present a challenge. Insurance companies generally view reconstructive surgeries as cosmetic instead of a medical necessity, and in turn, typically deny patient requests for coverage. This is why it's important to seek compensation for injuries and obtain the help of an experienced dog bite injury lawyer to ensure the maximum settlement amount is received to pay for costly treatments.
Proving Liability in a NJ Dog Bite Case
The first priority of a New Jersey dog bite lawyer will be to determine liability. Dog owners are responsible for controlling the actions of their pets so as to prevent attacks from happening. When they fail to do this, they can be found liable for the ensuing injuries and be held accountable for compensating victims for their current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more depending on the circumstances of the particular case. In situations that involve rabid dogs, it will be established whether or not they were properly vaccinated or if an attempt was made to get them the appropriate care after contracting rabies. If the owner is found to be negligent on either or both accounts, they are likely to face full financial responsibility.
Hiring a New Jersey Dog Bite Attorney for Scarring Injuries
Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has years of experience representing dog bite clients of all ages. With our New Jersey personal injury attorneys on your side, you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we get to work gathering all the evidence needed to prove your case, dealing with insurance companies, and negotiating the payout you deserve. Call our office at (609) 240-0040 to schedule a free consultation.
- Information about Scars - MedlinePlus
- Proper Wound Care: How to Minimize a Scar - American Academy of Dermatology
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