Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:19-16, the owner of a dog who bites another person who is in a public place or lawfully in a private place, shall be liable for the damages which the individual suffers, regardless of the purported viciousness of the dog.
This means that under this statute, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant was the owner of the dog and when he or she was bit they were in a lawful place. If the plaintiff is able to offer such proof, the plaintiff should win his or her dog bite case because N.J.S.A. 4:19-6 makes liability for a dog bite, under these circumstances, a strict liability case.
Essentially, the law in New Jersey does not differentiate between the type of dog or the prior viciousness of the particular dog. In all instances, the owner of the dog shall be liable for any injuries caused if the dog attacks an individual when he or she comes lawfully into contact with that dog.
Dog bite statistics are relatively alarming. Over 4.5 million people each year suffer from a dog bite. Hundreds of thousands of individuals suffer serious injuries as a result of a dog bite including injuries which require hospitalization.
Certain dogs are obviously more dangerous then others. According to statistics from the CDC, the most dangerous breeds of dogs include Pit Bulls, also known as the American Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Additionally, Rottweiler’s, German Shepherds and several other breeds are considered dangerous breeds of dogs.
Regardless of which type of dog you are bitten by, you should contact our New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyers if you suffer a dog bite injury. Our lawyers represent individuals, in all New Jersey counties including dog bites in Monmouth County.
Our lawyers will seek to hold the proper individual or individuals accountable for your dog bite injury. Our law firm will conduct a thorough investigation and determine who should be held responsible. When a person is injured from a dog bite they may be entitled to compensation for the medical bills which they are forced to pay, any lost wages, pain and suffering as well as compensation if the bite leaves a permanent scar.
If a dog attacks you, our attorneys will seek to determine the extent of your injuries and thereafter fight for you to obtain the justice you deserve. Owners of dogs who cause injuries to others should be held responsible for the harm their dogs cause. The law in New Jersey specifically recognizes this.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog bite, contact our law firm. Our lawyers are available to speak with you day and night. Simply call our office or simply click on the contact us tab and an attorney will be in touch with you as soon as possible.