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Have you or a family member been BITTEN by a DOG?

Bergen County’s Top-rated Dog Bite Lawyer

Attorney Douglas Standriff has an 28+ year history of advocating for the injured. Doug has represented dog bite victims successfully in personal injury lawsuits. Doug and his associate, Marissa Messinger, Esq., have a comprehensive understanding of the leash and dog bite laws in NJ and can help you receive compensation for your dog bite injuries. Doug and Marissa will use their expertise to gather the evidence needed to build a substantial dog bite injury compensation case. Their outstanding skills will allow them to develop a solid legal strategy that will help you avoid denial of dog bite injury compensation. Because there is a time limit in New Jersey for filing a personal injury lawsuit after you are bitten by a dog, it is essential that you get in touch with the results-driven lawyers at Bergen Law as quickly as possible to discuss your case.

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The Trusted Bergen County Dog Bite Attorneys

Types of Dog Bite Injury Claims We Handle

Dog bites can result in serious, sometimes life-altering, injuries, including puncture wounds, cuts and bruises, scars, broken bones, eye injuries, head, face and neck injuries, and nerve damage. Dog bites can also leave you at risk for rabies. If you were recently bitten by a dog, the dog’s owner may be held responsible for your injuries. If you would like to be fairly compensated for your dog bite injuries, you need to hire a dog bite attorney who is an expert in New Jersey personal injury law. The dog bite injury attorneys of Bergen Law can help you seek remuneration for your high medical bills, lost wages, past and future surgeries, scars, and the intangible costs of emotional and physical pain and suffering that were caused by the dog attack. Whether the dog that bit you is owned by a stranger, friend or family member, skilled dog attack lawyers Doug Standriff and Marissa Messinger will work diligently to make sure the homeowner’s insurance company covers the tangible and intangible costs of your dog bite injuries. Depend on Douglas Standriff, the dog bite injury lawyer recommended by dog bite victims throughout Bergen County, New Jersey.

When Do You Need to Hire a Dog Bite Attorney?

Because NJ law limits how long you have to file your dog bite injury lawsuit after a dog attack, retaining an outstanding dog attack attorney as soon as possible can help you avoid complications that can void your claim. You should consult with a New Jersey attorney who specializes in dog bite personal injury law for the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve. Certified Civil Trial Attorney Douglas Standriff of Bergen Law has over 28 years of success litigating dog bite injury lawsuits, making him uniquely qualified to stand up to insurance company lawyers, protect your rights, and build a strong dog bite injury lawsuit for you.

Court Rules Parents Can Be Held Liable for Child's Dog Bite Injury

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Parents Can Be Held Liable for a Child's Dog Bite Injuries

Recently, a child was bitten by a rottweiler that the family had obtained from a dog training facility three days before the incident. The facility had been boarding and training the dog for 10 months. The child’s parents filed a lawsuit against the facility alleging the facility intentionally failed to disclose the dog’s history and dangerous propensity.

In an unexpected twist, the training facility then countersued the parents, claiming that as the legal owners of the dog at the time of the dog bite incident, they were responsible for the dog’s behavior.

The Appellate Court of New Jersey held that as owners of the dog, the parents could be held liable for their child’s injury under New Jersey’s Dog Bite statute (Barkosky v. Weber’s Training School, NJ Appellate Div A-3142-21, decided June 23, 2023). This situation illustrates one reason why it is essential to seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer quickly after you or an immediate family member has been bitten by a dog, A personal injury attorney from Bergen Law will investigate all strategies for pursuing injury compensation, including insurance coverage for the claim, and advise you as to the best course of action based on the specifics of your case. We will fight to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the financial compensation you deserve.


1. Results-Driven Strategy

Dog bite injury attorneys Douglas Standriff and Marissa Messinger will leverage their significant expertise in NJ personal injury law to develop an effective legal strategy for your case.

2. Expert Negotiation Skills

The expert dog bite injury attorneys at Bergen Law know how insurers evaluate dog bite injury accident claims, and they will use their refined negotiation skills to get you the compensation you deserve from the at-fault party and their insurance carrier.

3. Extensive Trial Experience

Certified Civil Trial Attorney Douglas Standriff has met the NJ Supreme Court Certification Review Board’s rigorous trial experience and written examination requirements, setting him apart from most other personal injury attorneys. His extensive experience, in conjunction with his specialized skills and knowledge, makes Doug uniquely qualified to handle your dog bite injury case.

4. Proven History of Success

Through either settlement or lawsuit, Personal Injury Attorney Douglas Standriff has collected tens of millions of dollars on behalf of thousands of clients. As specialists in NJ personal injury law, Doug and his associate, Marissa Messinger, will use their expertise to successfully handle your dog bite injury case.

5. Free, Confidential Consultation

The personal injury attorneys at Bergen Law provide a free, no-obligation consultation for the confidential evaluation of your potential dog bite injury case.


For over 28 years, Certified Civil Trial Attorney Douglas Standriff has provided top-quality representation to dozens of victims of dog bites in Bergen County. To learn about some of Doug’s recent successes, click each of the icons on the map below.