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I am a NJ resident and was bitten by my neighbor's dog. Do I have to prove the dog bit someone before me?

 

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No. Under New Jersey law, dog owners are strictly liable for injury caused when their dog bites or attacks someone. The NJ dog bite statute is known as a strict liability statute. A dog owner will be liable, regardless of whether the dog previously bit someone or not. Proving negligence of the dog owner is not required.

This is in contrast to Pennsylvania dog bite law, which requires that a dog bite victim prove viciousness and/or the dog owner's negligence.

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It is important to talk to a New Jersey dog bite lawyer to discuss your legal rights. Our dog bite lawyers aggressively prosecute dog bite cases and seek all avenues of recovery.  Feel free to contact us for a free, no obligation consultation at 877.944.8396.

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