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Dog Bites

Dog Bite Attorney Serving the Newton, Dover, Elmwood Park, & Bernardsville, NJ, Areas

Demanding pet owner accountability for more than 65 years

For good reason dogs are considered humans’ best friends. They provide unconditional love, companionship, protection and in some cases assistance with the essential tasks of daily living. Yet when dogs attack, they can cause devastating damage. To prevent injuries, owners are obligated to take legal steps to constrain and control their dogs. Even greater restrictions are placed on exotic pet owners.

Founded in 1950, the attorneys at Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC focus almost exclusively on personal injury law. If you have been injured by somebody else’s pet, we demand that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We proudly serve clients throughout New Jersey at our Elmwood Park, Dover, Bernardsville and Newton offices.

Learn more about New Jersey dog bite laws

New Jersey statutes hold the owner of a dog liable for damages if the dog bites you while you are in a public place or lawfully in a private place — including on the dog owner’s property. The owner may still be held accountable even if the dog did not exhibit vicious behavior and the owner was unaware of the dog’s propensity for aggressiveness. In many cases, our lawyers are able to obtain coverage through the homeowner’s insurance policy. Otherwise we sue the negligent homeowner directly to recover compensation for your injuries.

Exotic animals in New Jersey

To possess an exotic animal requires a permit issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife. These permitting requirements are intended to protect the public and the environment from potentially dangerous species — such as certain types of primates, felines, canines, crocodilia and reptiles. Because these animals belong in the wild, their unpredictability and aggressiveness while in captivity pose a serious risk to individuals with whom they come into contact. Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC holds exotic pet owners accountable for damages resulting from animal attacks.

Recovery for catastrophic injuries caused by animal attacks

The injuries sustained in a dog or exotic animal attack are often catastrophic and sometimes deadly. Our team of accomplished attorneys pursues your rightful compensation for severe injuries — including head trauma, broken bones, lacerations and internal organ damage. In addition, we advocate for your right to recover for psychological injuries — such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias. We also seek recovery for permanent disabilities and disfigurement caused by the attack.

Consult a dedicated lawyer about recovering for injuries sustained by a dog bite or animal attack

Animal attacks are more common than you might assume. For more information about recovering damages from the owner of a pet who injured you, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. A Spanish-speaking translator is available upon request.

  • In 2020, we settled or won, at trial/mediation/arbitration, 112 personal injury cases. Our clients recovered over ten million dollars. Our firm set a record in 2020 by settling 15 cases for $200,000.00 or more. In the last eleven years, we have settled/won over one thousand cases and our clients have recovered over 100 million dollars.
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  • Results may vary depeding on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Our Offices
  • Dover Office
    77 Union Street, Suite 2A
    Corner of Rt. 46 and Union Street
    Dover, New Jersey 07801
    Phone: 973-366-3900
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Newton Office
    93 Spring Street
    Suite 406
    Newton, New Jersey 07860
    Phone: 973-512-2207
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Elmwood Park Office
    One Broadway
    Suite 304
    Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07470
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Bernardsville Office
    150 Morristown Road
    Suite 103
    Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360