Dog Bites

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.