A serious dog attack on a human can leave dog owners and bystanders stunned by the actions of a beloved and formerly docile companion. Even though humans have domesticated dogs for centuries, not all dogs make the best pets, nor are all dog owners responsible in their training, monitoring or restraint of their animals.
Dogs are predators by nature; "working" dogs, such as German Shepherds, have often been specially bred for guard duty or other tasks which require a violent response. When a dogs predatory nature and dominance instincts combine with poor training and monitoring, the result can be a traumatic attack.
The majority of victims in serious New Jersey dog attacks are the most fragile humans: children and the elderly. Children are especially vulnerable because they may not understand the difference between play and aggression, and because their small size can trigger dogs' dominance instincts. Unfortunately, these groups' fragility means dogs can do more harm in an attack; children's size gives large dogs easy access to vital areas of their heads and necks, resulting in substantial loss of skin and blood, broken bones, eye and nerve injuries, permanent scarring, dangerous infections or even death. In addition, there is emotional trauma associated with being attacked by a dog and in suffering cosmetic deformities such as visible scars.
Debate continues on whether some breeds are naturally aggressive, but nearly all experts agree that poor training, abuse or neglect are some of the most important factors contributing to dog attack. In New Jersey, a dangerous dog's owner can be held legally responsible for the dog's actions, even if the dog has never shown signs of aggression before. In a dog attack lawsuit, your family can be awarded compensation for all of the injuries and costs associated with medical and other treatment necessitated by the attack, including future scar-reduction treatments or therapy for a traumatized child. Homeowners' insurance generally covers dog bite lawsuits.
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If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a dog attack, contact an experienced NJ personal injury lawyer at Blume Forte at (973) 635-5400 today to protect your rights and receive a no cost consultation on your case.
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