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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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August 29, 2018

If your dog bite claim has not been settled by the time an Arbitration is complete, the next step in the process of litigating your case is trial before a judge and jury.  In a trial of your dog attack case in New Jersey, six to twelve jurors will be "impaneled."  These are the people that are chosen to sit on the jury after a selection process involving both attorneys.  The selection process usually involves asking a potentia juror a series of questions that are related to a dog attack claim.  Some potential jurors will be "stricken," or dismissed, by Mr. Cowhey if he feels that they would not be able to reach a verdict impartially. ...

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June 11, 2018

After all discovery has been completed and depositions have been taken in your dog bite case, and if your dog bite claim has not yet settled, the next step in the litigation of your case is moving to arbitration.  An arbitration is one of several kinds of alternative dispute resolutions, which provide parties to a controversy with a choice other than ...

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May 21, 2018

Toward the end of the litigation process of your dog bite claim, the defense attorney assigned to the case may want to schedule you for a deposition.  A deposition is the process of a party giving sworn evidence through testimony regarding (in this case) their dog bite claim, in the presence of the defense attorney, Mr. Cowhey (as your attorney), and a court reporter.  The defense attorney will ask not only general questions related to your dog bite incident, but also any and all questions relevant to the matter at hand.  As your attorney, Mr. Cowhey can object to any line of questioning that he feels is either irrelevant or not...

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May 08, 2018

In some, but not all, dog bite cases, it may become necessary for your attorney to help you choose an "expert" who can evaluate your dog bite injuries and write a comprehensive report about their findings.  This almost always means selecting a doctor to examine you for your dog attack wounds.  As the New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer, attorney David J. Cowhey ensures that the clients he feels need an expert report in their dog bite case see physicians that can make the best evaluations as to the disfiguring and even permanent nature of their dog bite scars.  For example, he employs the services of one doctor who is a board-certified plastic...

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April 25, 2018

A case in which a young Burlington County (New Jersey) boy was attacked by a pair of Rottweilers has settled for the amount of $150,000.  The boy was an invited guest of the dogs' owners at their home when the dogs attacked and bit him.  As a result of the attack by the two dogs, the child was left with multiple scars on his body, including on the left side of his face below his ear and on his arm, chest, and back.  Dog bite wounds are not always as simple as a singular bite mark on the hand.  Quite often, especially during attacks by larger, more aggressive breeds, dog bite incidents can result in injuries to multiple areas of the body...

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April 09, 2018

As the South Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer, attorney David J. Cowhey knows that, more often than not, dog bite cases are won outside the courtroom.  This is why in many of the dog attack claims that he handles, he makes filing a Motion for Summary Judgment a top priority.  Simply put, a Motion for Summary Judgment in a dog bite case is a request made by a plaintiff's attorney for the presiding trial judge that has been assigned to the case to settle the issues of liability (the extent to which the dog's owner was negligent in failing to properly confine or restrain their dog prior to the attack) and/or "proximate causation" (the extent to which...

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March 19, 2018

Another effective tool in Mr. Cowhey's arsenal as the South Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer is the subpoena.  This is a document that, once a Complaint is filed in your dog bite case, can be forwarded to medical providers (family doctors, veterinarians, etc.) for records, police departments for dog attack incident reports and citations, municipal courts for summonses to the dog owner for any previous attacks, or to municipal dog licensing offices for proof of ownership.  Subpoenas can come in handy in dog bite cases wherein the ownership of a dog that attacked you is in dispute.  A subpoena generally asks that the addressee forward to our office...

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