Unfortunately, with as many dogs as there are in the world that are well-behaved, there are many that are not. There are also plenty of instances where a well-behaved dog ends up doing something out of character that can lead to the injury of a person.
In these instances, there are laws in place that dictate liability.
Strict Liability for Dog Bites in New Jersey
In the state of New Jersey, there is what is referred to as “strict liability”, which means that a dog’s owner is liable in a civil suit when the animal bites someone, as long as the victim was on public property or was legally on private property when the incident happened. This is regardless of whether the owner knew the dog had ever been vicious in the past. If a victim gets bitten, the dog owner is responsible to pay damages for lost pay, medical bills, pain and suffering, and any other provable damage or loss flowing from the dog bite.
Causes of Dog Bite Injuries
Likewise, dogs can also injure people without biting them. Overexcited dogs may jump on and knock someone over, causing them to fall and sustain an injury, or chase a victim, causing the victim to become injured as they are fleeing. However, in these types of incidents, a victim must prove that the incident resulted from the dog owner’s negligence in order to receive compensation for the injuries. The victim must prove the following:
- The dog owner had a duty to take reasonable care to control the behavior of the dog
- The dog owner breached that duty
- As a result, the dog caused harm to the person injured
New Jersey Dangerous Dog Laws
New Jersey also has laws regarding dangerous dogs. If a dog is deemed a serious threat by an animal control officer after an unprovoked attack on a person or animal, the officer will impound the dog and notify the owner and court. A hearing will then decide if the animal is potentially dangerous and if so, will require the owner to do the following:
- Get a special license
- Put up warning signs on the property
- Keep the dog in a locked enclosure or on a strong leash with a muzzle
New Jersey’s strict dog bite laws are in place to make sure people are safe. Every year, almost 850,000 people require medical attention because of a dog bite. If you or a loved one are one of those people who has suffered an injury because of a dog bite incident then you need to contact an experienced lawyer.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Skilled Dog Bite Attorney at Team Law Today
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Team Law are well-versed in New Jersey dog bite law. They will do everything they can to make sure you get compensated for your injury. Since victims only have two years to file a lawsuit for negligence or under the dog-bite law, you should not hesitate to contact Team Law immediately if you are a victim of an incident involving a dog.
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