For the first time since 1997, a person has been killed by rabies in New Jersey. According to The Bergen County Record, a 73-year-old woman died after a dog bite attack. Authorities believe the woman came in contact with rabies while in her native country of Haiti back in April 2011. She began to develop symptoms of the deadly virus on June 25, 2011, in New Jersey. It is not clear exactly what caused her to have the fatal virus or if medical professionals should have been able to prevent her tragic passing.
Rabies is typically transmitted through a scratch or bite from an infected animal. To help prevent the spread of this potentially lethal virus, dog owners are required have their pets registered and vaccinated. Rabies is a treatable virus but it must be properly diagnosed early. If rabies goes untreated, it may result in a fatal infection of the brain called encephalitis.
Under New Jersey Statutes 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 dog owners are responsible for the damages their pet causes, including the spreading of rabies.
The skilled dog bite attorneys in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein have successfully held negligent dog owners financially liable for the injuries, damages, and losses their pets cause victims to suffer after a dog bite attack. If you have been injured in a dog bite attack in New Jersey, please call our law offices at 609-240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.