Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Many of those dog attacks cause wounds severe enough to require medical treatment, especially for victims who are children. Victims of any age can suffer disfigurement, brain injury, or spinal cord injury and need years of surgical intervention and physical rehabilitation to recover.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of a vicious dog attack in New Jersey or New York, please call Eisbrouch Marsh today at 201-342-5545 for your free legal consultation.
Why Dog Bites Occur
Many dogs are docile companions, but even those seemingly harmless pets can attack when they feel threatened. Many dog bits occur because of:
- Fear. Dogs act on instinct when they have been startled or scared. They can’t vocalize their fear and will react with the only means at their disposal — their teeth — when they feel threatened by someone who approaches too quickly or threatens their safe space in some manner.
- Pain. A dog that isn't feeling well may lash out in pain. They are simply trying to tell you to stay away, but the consequences can be severed when sensitive skin and tissue is caught between their teeth.
- Possession. From their favorite toys to their favorite humans, some dogs are naturally possessive. If they feel that you are threatening to take something from them, they may fight back with force. This includes maternal instincts if you get too close to a pup or come between a puppy and its mother.
Knowing the reasoning behind some dog attacks may help you avoid them, but not all attacks are preventable.
What Kind of Damages Can You Be Compensated For
Severe dog attacks can inflict permanent scars, both physical and psychological. If you have suffered serious injuries from a dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses (such as reconstructive surgery)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Psychological services
Call Eisbrouch Marsh for Your Free Dog Bit Consultation Today
Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC is committed to helping personal injury victims recover the compensation they deserve. When you find yourself the victim of a dog attack, please call our experienced dog bite attorneys at 201-342-5545 to discuss your legal case. With offices in Hackensack, Newark, and New York, our lawyers welcome clients from Bergen County, Essex County and all nearby areas in New Jersey.