What are Dog Owners’ Responsibilities in New Jersey?

dog_aggressive_4464403.jpgIf you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey dog attack, you may be wondering who can be held responsible for your losses and how you can receive compensation for your injuries and other damages. New Jersey is a statutory strict liability state. This means that New Jersey dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pet, whether or not the dog had previously shown signs of vicious behavior.

N.J.S.A 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.” This means that a dog owner is responsible for the injuries his or her dog causes as long as the victim was not committing a crime at the time of the incident.

In order to prove liability, victims of New Jersey dog attack injuries must show that the defendant owned the dog, the dog caused the injuries, and he or she was in a public place or legally on private property. To prevent these types of incidents, all New Jersey dog owners have it in their best interest to keep their dogs indoors, post “beware of dog” signs, and always keep their dog on a leash. A number of New Jersey dog attacks occur because dog owners allow their pets to run loose.

The skilled New Jersey dog bite attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold dog owners accountable for the injuries caused by their pets. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey dog attack, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.