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November 01, 2019

Injuries stemming from dog bite incidents often require immediate medical attention.  Some dog attacks can result in severe injuries that require more extensive treatment.  If you utilize private health insurance to pay your immediate medical costs, and subsequently file a claim or lawsuit against the dog owner(s), you may find that your insurance carrier may seek to utilize their "right of subrogation" against your third-party recovery.  Subrogation is a legal right held by most insurance carriers to legally pursue a third party that caused an insurance loss to the insured.  In dog bite cases, your health insurance carrier may be...

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August 29, 2019

Injuries suffered as a result of a dog bite, whether they are minor or major, will almost always require some form of professional medical treatment.  If you are a victim of a dog attack, have treated at a hospital or Urgent Care for your wounds, are a Medicaid or Medicare beneficiary, and you have filed a claim with the dog owner's homeowner's insurance company, Medicaid and Medicare have what is known as "third-party subrogation rights," which means that they have a right to be repaid out of the recovery you obtain from the dog owner's insurance company out of your claim or lawsuit.  In such cases, it is absolutely essential that you...

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August 16, 2019

Dog bites do not only result in puncture wounds, bite marks and laceration scars.  Occasionally, dog attacks can result in nerve damage to the areas that were bitten.  For example, a dog attack victim that is bitten on their hand may at first believe that their injuries are superficial, but will eventually begin to experience numbness, tingling sensations, loss of grip, and possibly even the loss of use of the appendage as a result of the breakdown of nerves that were damaged when the dog bit the hand.  Also, a dog may bite a person in one place, but cause injuries to another.  An example of such an incident would be a dog attack victim...

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May 28, 2019

A common misconception about David J. Cowhey's dog bite practice is that we seek to handle cases exclusively against larger, more aggressive breeds, such as pit bulls, Rottweilers, or mastiffs.  While it is true that these dogs make up a significant portion of the breeds responsible for attacks and injuries throughout the state, it is untrue that we do not handle claims involving smaller dogs.  Any breed of dog is certainly capable of attacking and injuring someone.  In a case Mr. Cowhey is currently handling, a smaller, "toy breed" dog inflicted an outwardly minor bite injury on a woman which ended up causing internal damage to her hand...

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May 14, 2019

Not every dog attack incident leaves the victim with severe, visible bite scars.  However, such incidents can result in secondary injuries to the affected area, and even in other parts of the body that were not directly bitten.  As the South Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer, attorney David J. Cowhey has handled a multitude of such cases.  In the matter of an Atlantic County policeman receiving a bite wound from a dog while answering a call for a domestic dispute, the client received bite wounds that were considered relatively minor and seemingly inconsequential.  However, as the client was violently pulled to the ground by the dog during the attack...

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March 01, 2019

South Jersey Dog BIte Lawyer David J. Cowhey was able to secure a $295,000 settlement for a five-year-old Cumberland County girl that suffered lacerations and scarring to her face as a result of a dog bite attack that occurred in the summer of 2018.  The child healed very well after cosmetic surgery, and Mr. Cowhey was able to establish a structured settlement for her that, with accrued interest, will pay out nearly $375,000 by the time she reaches 30 years of age.  Dog bite attacks involving minors are, unfortunately, far more common than most people realize.  If your child has been attacked, bitten, or scarred by a dog in New Jersey,...

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January 02, 2019

It is an unfortunate fact that many victims of dog attacks in New Jersey are children under the age of 18.  Larger, more aggressive breeds such as Rottweilers and pit bulls may be prone to attack young children simply because they are perceived by the offending animal as smaller and weaker.  In such cases, the injuries inflicted by dog attacks may be severe.  However, a child can recoup significant compensation for their dog bite injuries through "structured settlements."  In the event that claim involving a dog attack victim who happens to be a minor is settled, the minor's parents may choose to place the settlement proceeds in a...

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October 02, 2018

Attorney David J. Cowhey has brought a case in which a 19-year-old Cumberland County woman had a significant portion of her chin bitten off by a dog to a $250,000 settlement.  The young woman suffered a severe and disfiguring bite wound to her chin as a result of the attack.  She was forced to undergo multiple plastic surgery procedures in the form of corrective skin grafts.  The skin graft donors had to be taken from the young woman's neck/collarbone, leaving her with scarring in that area in addition to the scars on her chin.  The dog in question was owned by resident relatives of the named insured on the homeowner's insurance policy. ...

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August 29, 2018

An Ocean County woman who sustained a severe bite to her forearm by a dog that was allowed to break into her back yard received a $150,000 settlement for her injuries.  The client suffered a disfiguring injury to her forearm that required the application of skin grafts.  At the time of settlement, it had been nearly two years since the attack took place, and the scar was still very visible and caused a pronounced indentation in her arm.  The case was previously rejected by two other law firms, based on the difficulty of establishing liability in the case.  The dog was owned by her neighbor, who was a renter.  After extensive and...

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August 29, 2018

Should you decide to contact David J. Cowhey, the South Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer, for a free consultation regarding your dog attack claim, there are several pieces of vital information that will be assessed.  You will be asked about the nature of your injuries, e.g. the area of your body that was injured by the dog.  You will also be asked about the location where the dog bite took place, the date of the incident, the identity of the dog's owner(s), and whether you sought any medical treatment immediately following the attack.  Mr. Cowhey will also have to make sure that your dog bite claim is viable pursuant to the terms outlined in the...

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