Experienced New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer
Dogs can be excellent pets and companions, but they can also be dangerous, and occasionally, even lethal. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite in New Jersey, you may have a right to compensation under New Jersey’s strict laws regarding the liability of owners for dog bites. Contact the experienced personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation after you’re bitten by a violent dog in New Jersey.
New Jersey Dog Bite Law
New Jersey follows what is known as strict liability when it comes to dog bite injuries. Unlike some other states, there is no requirement that a dog owner know that their dog has a history of biting people in order to impose financial responsibility for a victim of their dog’s bite. Under the law, the dog’s owner is liable for any bite that occurs when the victim is on or in a public space, or lawfully on or in in a private place, whether or not the dog has been violent in the past, or whether or not the owner knew about any aggression on behalf of the dog.
Helping Victims of Dog Bites and Animal Attacks Recover Compensation for their Injuries under New Jersey Law
While there are some defenses to claims that a dog owner is liable for injuries caused by their dog biting someone, they are limited. For example, the dog’s owner might not be responsible if the victim was trespassing on the owner’s property at the time of the bite, or if the victim deliberately taunted or was violent toward the dog before being bitten.
Act quickly to preserve your right to recovery
- There are certain steps you should take as soon as possible after you or your child is the victim of a dog bite:
Ask the owner for the dog’s vaccination history. If the dog is not current on vaccinations, then you could be at risk for a serious or fatal disease, such as Rabies.
- Seek medical attention immediately. Your bite may not seem serious, or it may seem like something you could treat at home. However, animal bites require special medical attention to ensure they’re properly cleaned and treated to avoid life-threatening infection.
- Speak to an attorney as soon as possible. A New Jersey civil tort lawyer can offer you important guidance on the necessary steps to take after you’re injured, which could include contacting Animal Control, filing a police report, or contacting an insurance carrier. An attorney can also negotiate with insurance carriers on your behalf to help you obtain the settlement you deserve, or can help you file a claim for damages if settlement negotiations fail to produce an acceptable result.
Help is Available for Serious Dog Bite Injuries in New Jersey
Dog bites can be traumatic and violent, especially for the young or enfeebled. Don’t settle for less than you’re entitled to as a result of a dog bite injury. Contact the compassionate, experienced, and knowledgeable New Jersey personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a consultation regarding any potential claims, at 973-532-9681.