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As The New 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 asks the court to issue a summary judgment on a claim. This typically happens when the two parties involved can agree to the facts or there is sufficient evidence that the facts can’t be disputed. A judge will review the facts and any evidence provided to support the claim. When a motion for summary is granted, a decision is made. This can apply to all or part of a lawsuit and can often prevent a long, costly trial.
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 the dog owner’s negligence helped cause the attack) even before the case goes to trial.
Mr. Cowhey, when he makes such a Motion, is asking the trial judge to decide, as a matter of law, on the issues of liability and/or causation in favor of you, the plaintiff/dog bite victim.
In preparing the Motion, Mr. Cowhey may utilize the defendant’s answers to Requests for Admissions as to whether or not
In addition, relevant pleadings, answers to interrogatories, and expert reports may also be used.
This helps the judge to make a decision on the issues of liability and proximate causation.
Any case in which the defense is willing to stipulate that the plaintiff’s claim satisfies the requirements of the New Jersey Dog Bite Statute should warrant a favorable ruling on a Motion for Summary Judgment.
If a favorable ruling on the Motion is obtained, the only issue that will go before a jury at the trial of your dog bite case will be the “quantum of damages,” or monetary amount, to be awarded to you, the dog bite victim, for your injuries.
In choosing an attorney to represent you for your dog bite injuries, make sure that you select one that gives you the best chance of receiving a favorable outcome by putting the issues of liability and proximate causation to rest before your case is even tried. Call The New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer, David J. Cowhey, today on our 24/7 Attorney Hotline at (609) 513-0627 for a free consultation.
Updated July 7, 2021