Dog Owner Liability Laws in New Jersey

New Jersey dog bite attacks can result in not only serious physical injuries, but can also have a significant emotional and psychological impact on victims. Anyone who has been severely bitten by a dog is often left wondering how they will pay for their mounting medical bills and lost wages. Fortunately, under New Jersey law, dog owners may be held accountable for the injuries and related losses their pets cause. Injured victims of dog bite attacks would be well-advised to seek legal guidance from an experienced attorney who can help them secure fair compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses.

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 or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”

To pursue compensation through civil litigation, a victim will have to prove that the defendant owns the dog, that the dog injured them, and that the victim was not trespassing or provoking the animal at the time of the attack. It is common for dog owners to deny responsibility for the actions of their pets. So, injured victims often have to resort to civil litigation in order to receive fair compensation.

The Princeton dog bite injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help their clients pursue compensation for losses such as medical bills, surgical procedures, past and future suffering, and time away from work if they have sustained serious injuries in a dog bite attack in New Jersey. To discuss your legal options with one of our skilled lawyers, please call 609-240-0040 right away.