In New Jersey, a dog owner can be held legally liable for injuries and damages caused by his dog if it attacks or bites someone. The dog owner is legally responsible even if the dog never previously exhibited the propensity to bite humans.
The dog owner's liability is governed by New Jersey Statutes, section 4:19-16, which provides:
The owner of any dog which shall bite a person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
So under New Jersey law, a dog owner is strictly liable for injuries caused by his or her dog during a bite attack. This means that whether a dog was previously aggressive or previously bit someone does not make a difference in whether the owner is liable. The owner will be liable for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering if the dog bites a person and causes injury.
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Help After Dog Attack In New Jersey
Medical bills resulting from dog attack injuries can add up. Further, an injured victim may need future corrective plastic surgery even years after the dog attack. An injured victim of a dog attack should not have to worry about how he or she is going to pay for the expenses.
If you, your child or another family member was attacked by a dog in New Jersey, it is important that you speak to an experienced New Jersey dog attack and dog bite lawyer who is well-versed in New Jersey dog bite law. You may be entitled to compensation and damages for the injuries you suffered and expenses you incurred. If you would like to have your case evaluated, contact us for a free consultation. 877.944.8396