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I work part-time as a dog walker in NJ. The dog I was walking attacked me for no reason. Can I sue the owners even though I was walking their dog?

 

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In New Jersey, the dog bite laws are very favorable for injured dog attack victims.  Dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs.  Injured victims do not have to prove that the dogs have vicious propensities or that they attacked another person before.

In a recent case, the New Jersey court allowed a dog sitter to bring suit against the dog owners whose dog attacked the victim when the owners were out of town.  The court said that individuals who earn modest sums as dog walkers and dog sitters are not excluded from the protection of the NJ strict liability statute pertaining to dog attacks.

From the information you gave, you may be able to sue the dog owners.  Of course, I need more information from you to properly evaluate your dog attack case.  For example, what, if anything, provoked the attack, where was the attack, was there a report made, etc.  It is important to talk to a dog bite lawyer in order to properly assess your case.  Feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to discuss your dog attack and legal rights with you.  877.944.8396

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