New Jersey Law Offices Of Paul S. Foreman specializes in dog bites and dog attacks
Our law office represents children, adults, postal workers, service providers, and utility workers. We can help you if you or someone you care about suffered injuries in a dog attack. In most cases the victim of a dog bite is entitled to a sizeable settlement and/or verdicts due in part to New Jersey law relative to dog bites.
New Jersey is what’s called a “strict liability” state. This means one pertinent thing: it doesn’t matter whether the dog that attacked you has a history of aggression or if it has bitten someone. You can get the money damages you deserve no matter what.
Dogs do not have legal standing, so the individuals who own them are the ones considered legally responsible for the bite. At times, the person bitten by the dog is a friend, relative, or neighbor of the dog owner. While this may present an uncomfortable situation, we can assure everyone involved that our intent is only to seek the right settlement from homeowner’s insurance company for the dog owner. This prevents the good relationship from deteriorating and prevents angst amongst friends and family in the future.
Immediately After the Dog Bite:
If you or someone you care about was bitten or attacked by a dog in New Jersey, it is recommended that you should take the following steps:
Place a clean towel over the injury to stop any bleeding.
Try to keep the injured area elevated.
Wash the bite carefully with soap and water.
Apply a sterile bandage to the wound.
Get prompt medical attention at a hospital, urgent care clinic, or doctor's office
Notify Animal Control or the Police Department and file a written report
Take photographs of the injuries as soon as possible after the dog bite
Contact our office to determine whether you are entitled a monetary recovery for your injuries
The most common and typical injuries seen by our dog bite after a dog attack are:
Disfigurement resulting from scars
Pain and Suffering
Fatal Dog Bite Cases
In addition to physical injuries, a dog bite victim often suffers from psychological and emotional damages as well. These psychological and emotional damages can include, nightmares, post-traumatic stress syndrome, humiliation, embarrassment and the future fear of dogs and other animals.
It is our job to get the animal control reports, police reports, medical records, and medical bills. Then we will contact the insurance company for the dog owner to set up your claim. We will deal directly with the insurance adjuster to get your medical bills paid and you reimbursed for your out of pocket medical expenses.
Then we negotiate with the insurance adjuster to get you the highest possible settlement for your case. If you do not receive a fair settlement offer, we file a lawsuit on your behalf. As discussed in more detail below, suing for a dog bite doesn't have to be demanding and we handle everything from the filing of the complaint to the very conclusion of the lawsuit. The whole case is handled by our office and will be relatively stress free.
If Your Case Does Not Settle:
If your case cannot be settled for a fair amount with the insurance company, the next step is to file a lawsuit against the owner or keeper of the dog. We will prepare the lawsuit document, called the Complaint, and file it with court. If the victim is a minor, we will appoint the parent or guardian as the person bringing the lawsuit for the child. The next step is to serve the Complaint on the defendant (dog owner or keeper) and the litigation process is started. Once the case is filed, we handle everything and will keep you updated on a consistent basis.
Factors to Consider in Your Settlement:
There is no exact formula to determine the amount of a dog bite settlement. The amount of a dog bite settlement award is determined from a number of factors, which include:
The circumstances of the dog bite or attack
The injuries suffered by the person bit by the dog
The location of the injuries on the person bit by the dog (arms, face, legs etc.)
The amount of medical treatment needed and future treatment necessary
Whether there are permanent injuries, scars, & disfigurements
The amount of medical expenses, bills, and lost wages
The amount of insurance coverage for the dog owner
We will evaluate all of these aspects and discuss with you the likely settlement award for your case. Our office will most always get you substantially greater compensation than if you were to try to settle your case directly with the insurance company adjuster, even after our legal fees. This is often several times the highest settlement offer made to you.
Finally, remember, dog bite settlements are typically paid by insurance company for the dog owner or the keeper of the dog. If the dog owner is a private individual, then the homeowner's insurance policy provides coverage to pay the claim, even if the attack did not occur at the home or on the property. If the attack occurs at a place of business, then a business liability insurance policy pays the settlement. When the person rents a home or apartment, there may be renter's insurance to cover the claim.
If you are bitten by a dog, we recommend that you contact us immediately to set up a claim and most importantly get you the maximum monetary amount you deserve.
How can Foreman Law help?
If you or a loved one is assaulted while on the premises of another party, it’s within your legal rights to seek compensation for your injuries. I’m here to guide you through the process. If the party at fault or the insurance company representing it is being stubborn or evasive, I’ll be there to ensure that your case moves forward. My goal is simple: To do whatever it takes to get your life back to normal.
As your attorney, I will aggressively pursue justice, making sure that both you and your family are compensated appropriately. Most importantly, I’ll be with you every step of the way.
As evidence that I can deliver the right outcome, I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reserved only for those attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. I was also recently selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, a highly selective designation given to the top 2.5% of Attorneys in New Jersey under the age of 40. Click here to see my Super Lawyers profile.
Don’t just take it from me: Click here to read testimonials from clients that I have helped, and come through with major settlements in cases similar to yours.
Where Do I Practice?
My office is based in Roseland, NJ. I serve all New Jersey Counties including Essex, Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Sussex, Warren, Union, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth and any other county I am needed.
How do I arrange for a consultation to discuss my case?
Please reach out to me directly at (973)-315-3232. The initial consultation is always free, and I look forward to helping you in any way I can. As you can see from this video, when I take on a case, it’s not just business – it’s also personal.