Dog Bite Law in New Jersey
Many people mistakenly believe that dog bite cases are limited to the so-called dangerous dog breeds such as Rottweilers, pit bulls and Doberman pinchers. While the nature of the dog and its past history can be relevant factors, they do not determine whether you have a case.
In New Jersey there is no “free first bite” as there is in some states. If a dog bites you, the owner is liable for your damages, including pain and suffering and medical expenses. This is called ‘strict liability.’ Dogs are always supposed to be on leashes except on fenced properties or in designated dog runs or parks. If a loose dog bites you, you are entitled to damages. If a dog being walked bites or jumps on you causing you injury, you are entitled to damages.
What You Need to Prove
The most important thing is to identify the dog. The name of the dog (“Killer” or “Spot”) and the approximate size, shape and color are helpful facts to note. If the police were called there will usually be a report with the local Animal Control. Dogs that bite are required to be examined for rabies and the local town usually enforces this rule. Once the dog is identified, the owner needs to be determined. If the dog is registered, the owner’s information will be listed. Sometimes it is not clear because the dog is living with someone other than the owner. Further investigation may be needed. Our experienced attorneys can help identify the dog and owner, identify any applicable insurance, and prosecute your claim for compensation.
Because every case is different, the best advice can be provided if you call our Jersey City office at 201-798-2711201-798-2711. You will speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at no cost and no obligation to you. We can answer many questions right on the phone and, if you like, schedule a free in-person consultation at your convenience.
Advocates for Dog Bite Victims
Children are often targeted by dogs that may attack them because of their sudden movements, noisy behavior or simply their proximity to the floor. Likewise, elderly people are particularly vulnerable to injury when an out-of-control animal knocks them down.
Whether the victim of a dog bite is a child, or an adult, injuries and concerns often include one or more of the following:
- Emergency room treatment
- Possible need for stitches and/or plastic surgery
- Lacerations and puncture wounds
- Possibility of scarring and/or disfigurement
- Prevention of infection
- Psychological trauma which may linger as post-traumatic stress or fear of dogs
We Can Protect Your Rights and Fight for You
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, knock down or attack, we can put our experience and expertise to use for you. We will work to ensure you receive the best possible compensation for your injuries.
If you are a postal worker, meter reader, delivery person or other employee who suffered a dog bite while working also see our workers’ compensation page.
Call the New Jersey lawyers of Krivitzky, Springer & Feldman at 201-798-2711201-798-2711 or 973-874-0556973-874-0556 for a free consultation. You may also contact us by e-mail now to ask a question or to schedule an appointment with a lawyer at our Jersey City location.
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