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Properly prepare for a claim after your dog bite accident

A dog attack can be a scary and stressful time. If there was no reason for the attack, it may be possible to file a personal injury claim for the dog bite.

In order to make a successful claim, parties must follow the set protocol. There are a few things to keep in mind when preparing a claim after a dog bite accident. 

Medical treatment

After any accident, it is important to seek medical attention. In fact, if it is extremely severe, an ambulance may be necessary. However, if the wounds are not debilitating, individuals may choose to go to an urgent care facility or a primary care physician. Injured parties may feel free to choose between their available options, but not receiving medical treatment is not a wise decision. Seeing a medical professional helps to ensure that any injuries heal correctly, and it creates a paper trail that may benefit the claim.

Reporting the accident

Another helpful form of documentation is an accident report. Individuals should file them immediately after an accident. If the injury is not too severe, it may be possible to complete it at the scene. There are a few agencies that may collect the report:

  • Police Department
  • Animal Control
  • Fire Department

A representative from the department takes statements from the parties involved and creates the report. Once the report is complete, the parties may retain a copy for their records. 

Claim process

In order to begin the claim process, individuals must file their claim with the court. Dog owners may seek to settle outside of court once they receive notice of the hearing. Otherwise, the court will have the hearing where the judge listens to the testimony and evidence, then makes the final decision. According to New Jersey's strict liability law for dog owners, the owner is likely liable for the dog bite as long as the claimant was on the property lawfully. 

By keeping these things in mind, you can prepare for a successful dog bite claim. For more information and to weigh your options, consider consulting with an attorney.

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