Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Children and Dog Bites

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 08, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

For many children, the family dog is a loyal friend and protector. Sadly, numerous other children develop a justifiable fear of dogs at an early age, often due to the traumatic experience of a dog bite attack or close call. Seeking to protect their kids from this kind of awful experience, it's not uncommon for parents to hesitate before bringing a new family pet into the home, or regard friends' and relatives' dogs with wariness.

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Topics: Dog Bites, Injuries to Children

When Dogs Bite Children

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Apr 11, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

There is plenty of truth to the maxim that a dog is “man's best friend,” but like any friendship, the relationship between people and dogs is not one that should be taken for granted – especially when children are involved. Estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) place the number of pet dogs in the United States at around 68 million, and while many of these are well-behaved dogs who will never have an incident of aggressive or dangerous behavior, the same cannot be said of all dogs. More than 1 million dog bite incidents are reported each year, and some estimates suggest that an equal number of incidents take place but are not reported. Alarmingly, about 3 out of 5 of reported dog bite incidents result in injury to a child. Both parents and dog owners benefit from learning about the factors that influence dog bite injuries to children and how to prevent them.

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Topics: Injuries, Dog Bites, Injuries to Children

When is a dog's owner liable for dog bite injuries?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Dec 11, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Dogs may be “man's best friend,” but many people are justifiably wary around dogs they don't know. Even well-treated dogs are often fiercely loyal and protective toward the people they consider part of their “pack,” and may respond with aggression to strangers. In the unfortunate cases when a dog has been poorly trained or mistreated, aggressive responses in dogs are often motivated by fear – either that they will be hurt or that their food will be taken away. Sometimes, changes to a dog's environment will cause the animal to become anxious or over-stimulated, causing it to snap in reaction. Whatever the cause, dog bites and attacks can cause severe injuries and serious psychological trauma in victims. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a dog bite incident, it's vital to understand the laws governing when a pet owner is liable for damages resulting from their dog's actions.

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Topics: Injuries, Dog Bites

Kids are at Risk for Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 17, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

For parents, the idea of their child being hurt or killed in an accident is the ultimate nightmare. Tragically, sometimes that nightmare comes true. Knowing about the risks and how to reduce them can give parents a greater ability to protect their children, and may provide answers and understanding when an accident happens despite the parents' best efforts. If disaster does strike through the fault of another, the advice and guidance of an experienced and compassionate child injury lawyer is an essential asset in helping the family find answers and recover stability in the aftermath of an accident.

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Topics: Injuries, Car Accidents, Dog Bites, Injuries to Children, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

NJ Personal Injury Attorney Explains Life Care Plans

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jun 23, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

After suffering a serious injury as a result of the negligent or reckless actions of others, many accident victims understandably focus on the present: the pain and limitations caused by their injuries, the demands of their medical treatment, and the immediate financial concerns stemming from lost wages and medical bills. These pressing issues must be addressed in your personal injury claim. It is also important not to lose sight of the long-term repercussions of your injury.

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Topics: Injuries, Permanent Injury, Knee Injury, Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Spinal Injuries, Injuries to Children, Herniated Disc, Sports Injuries

Use of Life Expectancy Tables in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 11, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Some personal injury cases are straightforward: another car crashes into yours and your leg is broken, requiring immediate treatment and several months of physical therapy in order to enable you to recover fully and resume your customary activities. But sometimes the injuries suffered by an accident victim are of a severity or a nature that he or she is left with a permanent disability, a lifelong condition, or an increased risk of future health problems. Joint damage may render a patient more likely to develop arthritis later in life and at an earlier age, and head trauma can leave a victim more vulnerable to sustaining serious damage from subsequent head injuries. So how are these permanent injuries and increased risks adjudicated when it's time to work out how much you deserve in fair compensation for your injuries?

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Trip and Fall, Motorcycle Accident, Permanent Injury, Dangerous Premises, Automobile Litigation, Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Construction Accidents, Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc, Evidence, Workplace Injury, Workplace Accidents, Sports Injuries, Truck Accidents

Dog Owner and Landlord Liability for Dog Bites in NJ

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jun 09, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Dogs are often termed "man's best friend," but they are also powerful animals with a predatory heritage that is reflected in their body structure. Sometimes, because of poor training, previous trauma, or provocation, a dog may lash out at those nearby, resulting in a dog bite injury. Dog bites have the potential to inflict serious physical damage upon the victim, as well as the emotional repercussions of being attacked by an aggressive animal. When such an injury occurs, it is important for everyone who may be affected by the incident to understand the liability questions surrounding dog bites – what is the responsibility of the victim, the dog owner, and the landlord of the property on which the attack took place?

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Topics: Dog Bites

Recommendation from Client Seriously Injured by Dog Attack

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 14, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Personal Injury client seriously injured by a pit bull and rotweiler dog attacks endorses Francis M. Smith, Esq, NJ Personal Injury Attorney, He describes his experiences working with Frank Smith during his case. He especially appreciates Frank's professionalism and how he works closely with the client to resolve the case. 


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Topics: Success Stories, Dog Bites, Client Recommendations

4 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites That Lead to Lawsuit

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Thu, Feb 06, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Here in New Jersey we have a strict liability statute that says the owner is liable for damages if his or her dog bites you (under most circumstances). That means medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering compensation, and damages based on enduring scars the rest of the victim's life. Even a landlord can be held accountable if he or she knows of the dog's vicious propensities.

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Topics: Injuries, NJ Personal Injury Case, Dog Bites

NJ Personal Injury Attorney Supports Community Efforts

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 10, 2013

The Law Offices of Francis M. Smith, Esq. Personal Injury Attorney support the important work our community organizations do to protect you. In honor of events that occur during the spring and summer months, we are supporting the following organizations.

  • National Safety MonthRun for Life 5K on June 2nd to benefit Child and Family Resources of Morris County organized by Par-Troy Rotary club
And year round …   
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Topics: Dog Bites, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

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