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Our New Jersey Lawyers Represent Victims of Dog Bite Injuries

Recovery for serious canine-inflicted injuries

Dogs are our best friends and companions, and in some cases, our eyes or protectors. However, an abused or neglected dog can quickly turn into a vicious attacker. Children and seniors are most at risk, but even healthy adults can become victims of an angry or terrified dog.

Founded in 1976, Seigel Law handles personal injury claims in the courts of Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. Our lawyers can seek compensation from the dog’s owners for the catastrophic injuries you or your child sustained during an attack.

New Jersey dog bite laws

New Jersey statutes make a dog owner liable when the animal bites a person who is in a public area or who is lawfully in or on private property, even if the land belongs to the dog’s owner. The past conduct of the dog is irrelevant under NJ laws. The owner is liable, even if there is no history of a dog’s viciousness.

Damages for dog mauling injuries

A canine attack is a terrifying experience, and the repercussions can last a lifetime. Our lawyers help you recover the maximum possible compensation for such serious dog mauling injuries as:

  • Scars and disfigurement
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Internal organ damage
  • Amputation
  • Infections
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Wrongful death of a loved one

Recovering compensation for your dog bite

You are entitled to compensation from the owner of a dog that bites you. Getting that money can be a different matter. In many cases, our lawyers successfully negotiate with the insurance company for recovery under the homeowner’s insurance policy. We also determine if there is a third-party claim if you were bitten on business- or city-owned property or at a public event. If your injury occurred while you were conducting employment-related duties — such as delivering the mail as a post office employee — we file a workers’ compensation claim in addition to your premises liability lawsuit against the dog’s owner.

Recover from the negligent owner for the dog bite that injured you

Seigel Law only handles northern New Jersey PI claims. Call us at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your first free appointment at our Ridgewood office or at your home or the hospital if your injuries prevent you from coming to us. We pursue recovery with a contingency arrangement, and you do not owe us attorney fees unless we win.

  • $7,900,000

    Recovery on behalf of the 16-year-old girl injured by electrical malfunction

  • $8,000,000

    Jury verdict in a catastrophic injury case

  • $1,100,000

    Settlement for a fractured arm in Passaic County

  • $4,775,000

    Settlement for a woman in Bergen County injured in a trucking accident

Meet Our Attorneys

  • (95 Reviews)

    By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018

    I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.

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    By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017

    The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...

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    By L C - October, 2017

    After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.

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    By Liliana Paredes - October, 2017

    Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.

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    By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017

    I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...

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What we offer our clients


Personal injury and medical knowledge

Our knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers includes a medical doctor who advises on complex medical topics


One-on-one attorney attention

By maintaining a limited number of cases, our attorneys can provide personalized attention to each client we serve


Results-oriented strategies

Our lawyers have won numerous high verdicts and settlements, many in the high six- and seven-figure range, for our injured clients


Trial experience

Every trial attorney in our firm is a certified trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Communication as a priority

We understand how important communication is to a successful attorney-client relationship, we return calls within 24 hours


Community involvement

Our lawyers and staff are active in community outreach and community service programs

  • "The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.

  • "After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.

  • "I found the personnel to be very efficient, and work very quickly. I'm happy that I was referred to this firm, because I found that I was very comfortable working with them." - F.V.

  • "Amazing. I have to say they were very supportive and were able to give me tons of information. I didn't feel rushed and felt they truly cared about my well-being. Their website is also extremely helpful and well setup." - T.D.

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