New Jersey Dog Bites
In New Jersey, a person bitten by a dog may sue under the state’s dog bite law for damages (usually including medical bills, lost income, and “pain and suffering”).
New Jersey Statutes section 4:19-16 allows a person injured by a biting dog to hold the dog’s owner liable if the person was on public property or was legally present on private property when the bite occurred. The statute specifically states that the injured person can hold the owner liable even if the dog has never acted viciously before, and even if the owner did not know of any incident in which the dog had acted viciously before.
New Jersey’s dog bite law only applies to bites. It does not apply to other injuries a dog may cause.
Steps to Take After a Dog Attack or Dog Bite
- Identify the dog owner – get their name along with address and telephone number.
- Identify witnesses (other than the owner) – get their names along with addresses and telephone numbers.
- Seek medical treatment
- Report the dog attack to animal control
- Check animal control records for prior attacks
- Keep records of all accident-related items – paperwork, medical expenses, photos of injuries, etc….
- Contact a Reputable Firm with Experienced Lawyers