If you have been injured in a dog bite attack in New Jersey, it is important that you understand that you have legal rights as an injured victim. New Jersey law makes dog owners responsible for the actions of their pets. As long as the victim was not trespassing at the time of the alleged attack, they should be able to pursue financial compensation for the injuries and losses sustained as a result of the dog bite attack.
New Jersey has what is known as a “strict liability statute” with regard to dog bite cases. According to New Jersey Statute 4:19-16: “The owner of any dog which shall bite a person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.” This means that the owner of a dog that bites or injures someone can be held civilly liable for the injuries and damages caused by their dog.
Victims who choose to file a claim against a dog owner who animal has attacked them can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, plastic surgery, and even psychological counseling. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help victims determine what types of damages they can pursue following a dog bite attack in New Jersey.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite attack in New Jersey, please contact a knowledgeable Princeton dog bite injury lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein. For many years, we have successfully protected the rights of dog bite victims in New Jersey. Please contact our law offices at 609-240-0040 right away to discuss your potential dog bite claim.