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Is a dog owner liable for a dog bite in New Jersey?

On Behalf of | Sep 24, 2020 | Personal Injury

Many people in New Jersey own a dog. It is actually estimated that half of New Jersey households include a dog. Dog owners are usually responsible people and take their dog to training classes and keep them on a leash. But a dog bite can cause a serious injury and if a person is bit by a dog is the dog owner liable?

In New Jersey, a dog owner is legally liable for all damages inflicted by their dog. This is true even if a dog has never before exhibited signs of being a dangerous dog.

When is a dog owner liable for a dog bite?

  • A dog owner is liable for a dog bite if his dog bites a person in a private or lawfully public place. This can include a person’s yard, a park, the street, etc.
  • A dog owner is liable even if their dog doesn’t have previous indications of being an aggressive dog.
  • A dog owner is liable even if they used reasonable care to restrain their dog or warned others.

Dig bite injuries can be serious

Victims of dog bites can face serious injuries. These injuries can include the risk of rabies, punctures, tears, and lacerations. They can also suffer broken bones when a dog latches on to a person’s arm or leg. Small children can be picked up by a dog and thrown around causing bruising and strains. A person can also suffer emotional trauma from the traumatic event.

Professional legal help can be worthwhile

An attorney who specializes in personal injury can help the victim of a dog bite. They understand that their client it not only suffering from physical injuries but also emotional injuries. An attorney can help their client understand what happened and who is at fault. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.