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When a dog bites: Understanding your legal rights

A dog is an animal, and animals are unpredictable.

While most people raise their dogs to be friendly and personable, others raise their dogs to be defensive and vicious. But even when a dog is bred to safely behave around people, it can attack a human.

Children are often the victims of dog attacks. Their small stature and high energy can startle dogs, prompting an attack. But this is not an excuse for a dog to attack. Owners should take steps to prevent these accidents from happening in the first place.

When a dog attacks, the victim may be eligible for compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses.

What if it was a friend’s dog?

Being bit by a friend’s dog is just as traumatic – if not more – than being bit by a random dog on the street or in the park.

When you are bit by a friend or family member’s dog, it can be difficult to know whether or not to take legal action. But it is important to remember that a dog bite case is a matter of insurance. You shouldn’t have to worry about paying for medical bills resulting from a bite by someone else’s dog – whether the owner is a friend, family member or stranger. Getting a lawyer on your side can help simplify this process, while ensuring that your rights and financial interests are protected.

If you or a loved one has been bit by a dog, talk to an attorney from Smith Magram Michaud Colonna, in Burlington, New Jersey. Get a free consultation by calling 609-589-0649.

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