After Daniel J. O'Brien, Esq. wrote a book for Pennsylvania and New Jersey dog attack and dog bite victims, he was interviewed about this book.
Q: Dan, why don't you tell us a little bit about yourself?
A: I am a personal injury attorney. I represent individuals who have been seriously injured in accidents that were not their own fault in both PA and NJ
Q: Tell us a little bit about book. Who is it geared toward? Who would benefit the most from reading it?
A: The book is geared toward individuals who have been seriously injured in dog attacks. The book is intended, and my hope is that people will read the book before they hire an attorney to represent them in their dog attack case. The book, I think, demonstrates and spells out what can be done in these cases. It will enable the victims and the victims' families to ask the right questions of their attorney or people they are considering to hire as their attorney to make sure that they get the best possible lawyer for their case.
Q: Why did you write the book?
A: I wrote book because it's my impression or my belief that often, the victims of very serious dog attacks are undercompensated in their personal injury lawsuit. Very often, attorneys get these cases, and they stop their investigation with the owner of the dog. What that means is that the only source of recoverable funds in most of these cases turns out to be the homeowners insurance policy for the dog owner.
What I've done in some of these cases is gone well beyond the homeowners policy, well beyond the dog owner and pursued cases against breeders of dogs, trainers of dogs, and companies and individuals who sell dogs to consumers. I have been able to obtain recoveries for my clients well in excess and beyond the homeowners coverage for the dog's owner.
I thought I could do a public service by writing this book. I am at the point in career and in my life where I really felt like doing something good for the public was the right thing to do.
Q: Isn't it true that there is such a thing as a one free bite rule?
A: No, that was the rule in PA until the recently enacted dog bite law. That is not the case in many situations. In New Jersey, it is not the case at all. There is essentially strict liability for dog owners in NJ. But in Pennsylvania, the one free bite rule, in the vast majority of cases, certainly in the serious injury cases that I would be handling, is no longer the law.
Q: Dan, do you limit your practice to just dog bite cases?
A: No, not at all. Dog bite cases actually represent a relatively small percentage of the work cases I do, but I genuinely believe that the way I have been able to successfully handle some of these cases and the theories of liability that I have been able to pursue successfully, really sets what I do apart from the vast majority of attorneys out there.
Stay tuned for part 2 of the interview with Daniel J. O'Brien, a PA and NJ dog bite/attack injury lawyer.
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