Dogs are often referred to as man’s best friend. When they are properly trained and cared for, this can certainly be true in New Jersey. Dogs are also very strong animals who can be excitable and dangerous if not properly restrained and in the control of their owners. An animal bite may result that can cause serious injury or illness.
A recent dog attack resulted in injuries to three children and one adult. The children were walking to school with an adult when the attack occurred. The injuries to the children, ages 9, 11 and 12, were believed to be non-life threatening. The children were taken to the hospital to be checked out.
Prior to the above encounter, the dog had briefly entered the nearby school but did not attack anyone. According to a witness, the dog, a German shepherd, belongs to the manager of a nearby car dealership. It was believed that the dog got away from his owner while being walked. Another witness, a man working on a trash truck, reported that he saw the dog acting crazy as it was biting the children. The man attempted to intervene but got back on the truck when it looked like no one was seriously hurt.
Being the victim of an animal bite can be a scary experience in New Jersey, particularly for a child. While the physical injury may quickly heal, any resulting psychological trauma may not heal as quickly. Someone who has suffered a dog bite or has a family member who has been injured by a dog could benefit from speaking with a personal injury attorney. A civil suit in such a situation can provide compensation for medical costs and pain and suffering.