Dog attacks can result in serious injuries and even death. If you are attacked by a dog in New Jersey, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about dog bite injuries and what to do in the event of an accident.
What are the dog bite laws in New Jersey?
New Jersey takes dog bites seriously, which is why they have enacted dog bite laws in order to protect victims who have been injured due to a dog attack or bite. The law says that even if the dog has no prior records of biting anyone, the dog owner can still be held responsible for injuries to the victim as long as:
- The dog bite or attack happened on public property.
- The attack occurred on private property, and the victim was there legally.
You may be able to hold the dog owner responsible for your medical bills if you had to seek medical attention as a result of a dog bite. Additionally, if the owner of the dog is determined to be entirely at fault, he or she may also be held liable for lost wages and other expenses that were contracted as a result of the dog attack. In many instances, the dog owner’s homeowners insurance policy will compensate the injured party.
How can I recover compensation after an injury?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may experience physical, financial, and emotional burdens. Some of these burdens may include pain and suffering, lost wages, exorbitant medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. When this occurs, you may deserve compensation to help ease these damages. But, in order to recover the compensation you need and deserve, you will have to provide proof of negligence. To do so, take pictures and videos of the scene of the accident. For example, if there is no “dangerous dog” warning sign, take a picture to show the lack of signage. It is also important to work with an experienced attorney. A personal injury attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.
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