What Constitutes Dog Owner Negligence in New Jersey?

A dangerous New Jersey dog bite attack can happen at any time and with any dog. Even a seemingly gentle dog with no history of dangerous or vicious behavior can attack a person unprovoked. Some animals, however, have a history of violent behavior and their dog owners have a legal and moral responsibility to protect others from their dangerous pet. It is not necessary to prove negligence in all dog bite attacks in New Jersey, but additional compensation may be available in cases where the incident occurred because of the dog owner’s negligence.

Under 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.” As long as the victim was not trespassing at the time of the dog attack, they should be able to pursue financial compensation for losses including medical bills, lost wages, cost of surgeries and/or rehabilitation, and pain and suffering.

There are cases, however, in which the injured victim may have to prove liability for the dog bite attack. Was the victim on private property or was the victim in the act of committing a crime? In such cases, liability for the dog bite may become more complicated. Some cases involve shared responsibility between an injured victim and the dog owner.

If you have suffered serious injuries as the result of a dog bite attack in New Jersey, please contact an experienced Princeton dog bite attorney like those at Lependorf & Silverstein. We understand the statutes that relate to New Jersey’s dog bite laws and know how to hold negligent dog owners accountable for your injuries and losses. Call our law offices at 609-240-0040 today for more information about pursuing your legal rights.