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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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March 02, 2018

As a top New Jersey Dog Bite attorney, one of Mr. Cowhey's favorite tools in litigating a dog bite case is Requests for Admissions.  These are simple questions that we forward to the defendant/dog owner's attorney, which asks that the defendant/dog owner admit or deny certain facts.  Intitial requests for admissions may ask the defendant if 1) you (the plaintiff) were in fact bitten by a dog owned by the defendant on a given date; 2) the defendant is in fact the owner of the dog that attacked you, 3) on the given date, you were on the premises where you were bitten legally (this means that you are NOT a trespasser), 4) you did nothing in...

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February 09, 2018

Once your dog bite Complaint has been filed with the appropriate New Jersey Superior Court vicinage, it usually takes an attorney representing the defendant(s) between 30 and 60 days to file an Answer.  A typical defense Answer in a dog bite case will refute the claims made in the Complaint.  After we receive a filed Answer from a defense attorney, one of the first steps is the beginning of "discovery," which is a limited period of time (usually around 300 days) in which all facts and evidence related to your dog bite claim are collected by both parties.  As the plaintiff in a dog attack matter, one of the things you will be required to...

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January 25, 2018

Our attorney, David J. Cowhey, can attest that not all dog bite claims can settle without involving the New Jersey Court system.  If your dog bite claim does not settle after the dog owner's insurance company has reviewed and responded to our demand package, the next step is to file a formal Complaint with the Superior Court of New Jersey, either in the New Jersey county in which the dog bite victim resides, or in the New Jersey county where the dog attack occurred. 

In legal terminology, a Complaint is any formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal reasons that the Plaintiff (dog bite victim) believes are sufficient...

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January 25, 2018

As the South Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer, David J. Cowhey has instituted a simple format for all of his dog bite cases to follow.  After a letter of representation is sent to the owner of the dog that attacked you, within 1 month or so, an insurance company will usually contact our office to confirm homeowner's insurance coverage on the part of the dog's owner.  Once coverage is confirmed, your dog bite case is "diaried" for 6 months so that we can order all appropriate records of your medical treatment for your dog attack injuries.  During this time, we also make sure that we have obtained a collection of photographic evidence of your dog...

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