When a loved one dies in an accident due to the negligence of another, it is a terrible thing.  When the wrongful death had been caused by a vicious dog attack, the crime is even more heinous.  In a wrongful death lawsuit, a claim may be brought by the parents, spouse, child or next of kin of the individual who was killed for the purpose of recovering damages for the death of that person.

In New Jersey the owner of a dog is strictly liable for the injuries inflicted by that animal, unless there was provocation by the victim.  If the wrongful death has been caused by a dog bite or dog attack you have the right to file a lawsuit against the owner of the dog.  If the owner should have known that the dog had a dangerous tendency to attack someone, or to kill them, then that person may be held liable for the actions and consequences of that dog attack.  If you or someone you know or love has been the victim of a vicious dog attack which caused their death, a New Jersey Dog Bite lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.

Recovering Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case

A loved one who is suddenly killed in a dog mauling attack can be a great shock. The medical costs before the death can be sizeable, and the loss of income can be significant.  The remaining parents, children, spouse, or siblings may wish to pursue action against the responsible parties and file a lawsuit for wrongful death. Compensation could include payment of damages for the following:

  • Lost wages and future lost income
  • Medical costs, funeral and burial expenses
  • Pain and suffering and loss of companionship

Contact a New Jersey Dog Bite Attorney today for a free consultation.