If a violent dog attack that has left you with serious injuries, first seek appropriate medical attention. After your conditions have been medically attended to, it is important to promptly contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney familiar with the handling of claims of this nature.
HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO FILE A DOG BITE CLAIM?
The Statute of Limitations refers to a time limitation by when you must file the claim (start a lawsuit). In New Jersey, generally, dog bite cases must be filed within two years from the date of the incident. However, if the incident occurred on State or Municipal property there may be requirements that certain notices to be filed within 90 days of the date of the occurrence. These referenced “notices” against public entities (separate from the claims one would make against the dog owner or those in control of the dog) may be particularly relevant if the incident occurred in a public park where there may have been insufficient animal control areas, posted regulations, warnings or monitoring of dogs and their owners. For example, failing to ensure that dog owners keep their pets properly leashed and cannot enter into areas where there may be an increased risk to others occupying the public space may impose liability upon public entities.
HIRE EFFECTIVE NEW JERSEY COUNSEL
If you have a valid dog bite case, contact Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari. Our experienced New Jersey dog bite injury attorneys can help protect your rights relative to the potentially short time period you may have to pursue the referenced claims, and will investigate the matter to ensure that all culpable parties are included in the litigation. Fill out the online form or call us at (973) 635-5400.