Dog Bite Lawyer NJ
An 8-year-old New Jersey boy sustained a severe dog bite that left him with facial scarring that will affect him for the rest of his life. The boy was visiting his aunt and went to see her dog, but when he got too close, the dog bit him, biting off chunks of the boy's lips and cheek. When asked why he approached the dog, the boy said he looked in the dog's eyes to see what color they were. The boy will require many different surgeries including plastic surgeries to remove facial scars. The dog that bit the boy, a pit bull , will likely be put down. A dog bite lawyer in NJ should be retained after a dog bite injury.
Families of dog bite victims usually face a difficult time trying to cover the mounting medical expenses. Dog bite victims need to have extensive medical treatment, undergo surgeries, including plastic surgeries. They also need to be administered anti-rabies vaccinations and prescribed other medicines. An experienced dog bite attorney can help recover damages to compensate the victim.
The types and amount of damages to which dog bite victims may be entitled will depend on both the liability theory and the particular facts of the case. Generally, dog bite victims can recover economic losses and non-economic losses.
Economic losses are objective, measurable losses, while non-economic losses refer to intangible losses. Under certain circumstances, a victim's family members may also be entitled to recover damages. If you have been the victim of a dog bite attack, you should consult a dog bite lawyer who will be able to advise you regarding the damages that may potentially be available to you.
Economic losses that may be awarded include:
Current medical expenses: medical expenses for surgery, medication, visits to doctors, hospitals, medication, surgery, and related expenses.
Future medical expenses: physical therapy, cosmetic surgery to repair scarring, and any other continued medical care relating to the injury.
Lost income: wages or earnings lost as a result of the time the victim is unable to work during his recovery.
Diminished future earnings: any reduction in future earning capacity as a result of a the injuries caused by the dog bite.
Life care: cost of assistance in performing daily activities if the victims' injuries deprived them of the ability to care for themselves.
Non-economic damages that may be awarded to a dog bite injury victim and/or his family members include:
Pain and suffering: the physical pain caused by the injuries.
Emotional distress: a victim's mental anguish as a result of having a scar, for example, or a parent's trauma as result of witnessing their loved one being mauled in a dog attack.
Loss of enjoyment of life: loss of quality of life as a result of the victim's impaired ability to engage in basic daily activities and/or hobbies and sports.
Loss of consortium: loss of spousal companionship and services.
Punitive damages: available if the defendant acted with oppression, fraud or malice.
If a dog bite victim dies from his injuries, additional damages may be available to certain of his family members under a wrongful death action. The NJ dog bite lawyers will provide a free consultation to dog bite victims.