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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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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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