A 5-year-old girl was recently injured in a New Jersey dog attack involving a pit bull. According to a news report in The Jersey Journal, the dog bite accident occurred on Fulton Avenue in Jersey City. Officials say the girl was walking with her mother when the pit bull opened a gate and attacked the girl. She suffered puncture wounds, cuts, and a possibly fractured shinbone. The dog was impounded and the owner has been cited for having an unlicensed dog.
Under New Jersey law, dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pet. New Jersey Statute 4:19-16 states: “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.”
Victims of dog bites must prove that he or she suffered losses in the dog attack and that he or she was not trespassing at the time of the dog bite incident. In such cases, compensation may be available for the victim’s medical bills, hospitalization, and other related dog attack damages.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a New Jersey dog attack, you would be well advised to discuss your legal rights and options with a skilled personal injury attorney. The Princeton dog bite lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold negligent dog owners accountable for the damages they cause. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.