New Jersey’s Dog Bite Laws | What to Know

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As you can imagine, dog attacks can result in severe injuries and even death. If you are attacked by a dog in New Jersey, you may be qualified to recover compensation. Continue reading to learn more about dog bite injuries and what to do in the event of an accident. Our skilled Middlesex County personal injury attorney is on your side.

What are New Jersey’s dog bite laws?

The state of New Jersey takes dog bite injuries very seriously, which is why they have passed dog bite laws in order to defend victims who have been hurt as a result of a dog attack or bite. The law states that even if the dog has no previous records of biting anyone, the dog owner can still be held liable for injuries to the victim as long as:

  • The dog bite or attack occurred on public property.
  • The attack happened on private property, and the victim was there legally.

Keep in mind that 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. Furthermore, if the owner of the dog is found to be entirely at fault, he or she may also be held responsible for lost wages and other expenses that were acquired as a result of the dog attack. In many cases, the dog owner’s homeowners insurance policy will reimburse the injured party. If you are facing the consequences of a dog bite injury, do not hesitate to give our legal team a call today to discuss the details of your case and your options. Our firm is on your side no matter what.

Can I recover financial compensation after an injury?

If you have been injured as a result of another party’s negligence, you may encounter 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 happens, you may deserve payment 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 help you acquire additional evidence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.


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