Dog Atatcks

     Mark Law Firm has a history of successfully handling personal injury cases involving victims of dog bites and animal attacks.

     Although we generally love our pets, animal owners are responsible for their pets, including any harm that the animal may inflict on another person. We are dedicated to getting favorable verdicts and settlements. We strive to get our clients the highest monetary compensation for your injuries.

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     Michael A. Mark is an experienced New Jersey Trial Lawyer. He is one of about 2% of all New Jersey lawyers that have been Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Mr. Mark had to demonstrate substantial trial experience and educational involvement, take a rigorous examination in Trenton, New Jersey and obtain recommendations from other attorneys and Superior Court Judges. After review, the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1998 granted Mr. Mark the status as a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. He has provided expert legal service to innocent accident victims on a statewide basis for over 24 years. Presently, Mr. Mark continues to represent persons that have been the victim of accidents through no fault of their own      Mr. Mark is available to meet with you, free of charge, to discuss your case as a way of giving back to the community. He is available to talk by phone or in person. Or, if you need assistance locating a lawyer in a specialized area of law (such as copyright, maritime, trademark infringement, etc.), Mr. Mark will help you, free of charge.

A dog attack is an unexpected and traumatic experience for anyone who has ever been a victim of such an attack.

     The long term effect of such an attack can be very significant. Some victims go through:
  • post traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychological counseling to overcome the emotional trauma of the attack, fear of dogs, fear of being outdoors, and dealing with disfigurement
  • reconstructive surgery in more serious cases
  • physical rehabilitation
  • medical treatment such as first aid, emergency room, hospital, and ambulance
  • physical rehabilitation
  • future medical treatment for scar reduction
  • Torn clothing and broken glasses

     New Jersey law recognizes that the person who is bitten might not be the only victim. A member of the immediate family might be suffering from emotional distress as a result of seeing the victim getting mauled. This would be the basis of what is called a "bystander claim." A spouse might suffer because the husband or wife is incapacitated in some way. This is called a "loss of consortium" claim. If the victim dies from his injuries, family members might have claims for "wrongful death."

     All dogs are capable of biting and causing serious injuries to anyone they attack, especially an innocent child.  If a dog bites someone, the dog owner is responsible for any and all injuries directly resulting from the dog bite.  Mr. Mark can assist you in proving your dog injury case and in recovering compensation. 

     A young child attacked by a dog, may require plastic surgery to handle the physical scars from these dog bites - especially if the child suffers dog bites to the child's face. When pit-bulls or other dangerous dogs attack your face, you can generally recover higher damages because of all of the required surgeries which will be required. Facial dog bites may also sever important nerves which will prevent that person from expressing emotion for which they should be compensated. It is up to your lawyer to determine the value which should be associated with your particular injuries for which they can then present to the dog owner's insurance company.

     Compensation for your dog bite injuries depends on the particular circumstances of your dog attack case. Some of the relevant factors in determining the value of a dog attack case include whether the dog owner knew the dog would attack or if it previously bit or attacked someone.

     Generally, you recover compensation from the attacking dog owner's homeowner's insurance - where the insurance company may be held responsible if the dog bites or attacks someone. It is the insurance company's responsibility to pay even if the dog attack doesn't occur at the dog owner's home or on his property.

      If you or a loved one have been seriously injured as a victim of a dog or other animal bite or attack we can help protect your legal rights. We help our clients fight back by getting our client’s monetary compensation for their injuries.

We practice civil and criminal law in all New Jersey Municipal courts and in the Law Division and Appellate Division of the New Jersey
Superior Court. We have Appeared in many Courts in Counties such as Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Hudson, Union, Somerset, Atlantic,
Burlington and Sussex. Call us today at 973-423-9000 for a free consultation.

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