Yes. In New Jersey, a dog owner is strictly liable for a victim's injuries and damages caused by his or her dog. Even though your neighbor said that the pit bull never attacked anyone before or that it was not previously aggressive, it does not matter in terms of your neighbor's liability. Your neighbor can be held liable for your son's medical bills and pain.
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